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Poster Design Tips

General Advice

  • If you're designing a poster for a conference, read the sponsoring organization's guidelines and/or specifications carefully. Example: Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference Presentation Guidelines
  • If you're designing a poster for a class, check with your professor regarding expectations for poster design. S/he may be able to refer to you models or best practices for poster design in the relevant subject area.



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  • Davis, Martha. Scientific Papers and Presentations. San Diego: Academic Press, 1997. UM W.E.B. Du Bois: T11 .D324 1997
  • Gosling, Peter J. Scientist's Guide to Poster Presentations. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Pub, 1999. UM W.E.B. Du Bois: Q179.94 .G67 1999
  • Nicol, Adelheid A. M., and Penny M. Pexman. Displaying Your Findings: A Practical Guide for Creating Figures, Posters, and Presentations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2003. UM W.E.B. Du Bois: BF76.8 .N53 2003
  • Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 1983. UM W.E.B. Du Bois, UM Science: HA31 .T83
  • Tufte, Edward R. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire, Conn: Graphics Press, 1997. UM Science: P93.5 .T846 1997


Last Edited: 8 January 2014