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Academic Posters: Module 9 of 10

In this module, you can learn how to design, create, and present academic posters to share, advertise, or announce information. Proper colors, background images, font, and theme are the ingredients of a memorable poster.


  • Make sure your poster is readable.Use simple language with good grammar and punctuation. Use light colored backgrounds and dark colored text to create enough contrast.
  • Make sure your text is legible. Text should be readable from a distance of at least 5 feet. Don't overlap text and images.
  • Organize your poster logically.For maximum impact, text and items in the poster must be grouped logically and present a smooth flow of ideas.
  • Be succinct.You have limited time to grab your audience’s attention. Make every second they look at your poster count towards conveying your message.
  • Present your ideas in a visually appealing way.Add colors, images, charts, and a theme to your poster. Make sure you cite your pictures!.