Poster Hints for Miami Undergraduate Research Forum
3/16 and 3/19
Attend either Howe Writing Center Poster Design Workshop
Poster Creation Workshop offered by Howe Writing Center King Library
March 16, 5-6 p.m. (Sun)
March 19, 6-7 p.m. (Wed)
Where: King Library, Room 314
Undergraduate Research Forum poster presenter are invited to attend. You will learn tips for creating posters that clearly convey your research project to your audience.
Getting your Poster Printed at the Miami Print Center
Location: Miami Print Center in Hughes Hall (Third Floor)
Cost: $ 4 per square foot
for poly or satin finish as of March 18, 2013
Cost: $3 per square foot for matte finish.
2-3 days are required to print your poster.
File type to submit: pdf
Layout* your poster carefully to be sure it will fit within the
allotted space (42" high x 66" wide).
Submit your poster as soon as possible to ensure there is time to print everyone’s presentation.
allow an audience of individuals to review
quickly, while at the same time providing
the opportunity for an individual viewer
to talk with selected authors whose projects
are of particular interest. Poster materials
should provide an introduction - an entry
point to further
discussion of the presenting author’s
work and project results. Your poster presentation event will provide bulletin
boards with a cork surface on which you
will mount your materials with tacks
or push pins. (Architectural push
pins are not permitted). Remember to
lay out your poster carefully beforehand
to assure that it will fit within the
allotted space (42" high x 66" wide).
Suggested layout* software is PowerPoint, InDesign, or Photoshop. The file does not have to be designed at 100% of the print size, it is recommended to design the layout at 25-50% (we can enlarge up to 400% when printing). If you use Microsoft Powerpoint, you will need to export your file to a pdf file to get it printed. Orders can be submitted by going to the Miami print center or via email to email@example.com. Students should provide their name, phone number, size of presentation board, and date & time the poster is required. “ASAP” is not a sufficient response. Files are preferred in PDF format.
Microsoft Publisher is not recommended software, but if that is the only resort, the board must be designed at a quarter size or it will not print as one page. Images should be a minimum of 200 dpi, and images pulled directly off of internet sites are not “print quality” and will not reproduce well. Images and graphics should be downloaded before being placed in the document. Documents created in Adobe InDesign must be converted to PDF on the computer it was created on, or the file must be “packaged” so that the student has all fonts and links when they come to the print center to coordinate printing (otherwise the poster will not print correctly). Documents created in Adobe Illustrator must be converted to outlines and the layers must be flattened prior to saving in PDF format. Documents created in Photoshop must have the layers flattened prior to saving in PDF format.
To save on printing costs and
ease in transport and mounting, titles,
text and figures are often printed
onto regular paper and then glued or
taped to individual pieces of backing
materials, such as colored “poster
board”. Cut slightly larger than
your printed pages, such backing materials
also provide a colorful “frame” for
- Be concise. Provide the essence of
your project, enough to whet someone’s
appetite for more. Be there with your
poster at your scheduled presentation
time to answer any questions.
- Use figures and graphics where possible.
Remember, a picture is worth....
- Use large type. The text and figure
labels on a poster should be readable
from a distance of three to six feet.
Title and headings should be large
to draw a viewer’s attention
to the topic of your poster.
- Arrange text and graphics in a logical
order. It may helpful to number the
sequence of various poster sections
with 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. as an aid to
- Be creative. Strive to make the viewer’s
experience in reading your poster both
intellectually and esthetically satisfying.
The following is an example of a poster
format commonly seen at professional
meetings (Remember, the bulletin board
size is 42” x 66”):