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    Hi there,


    I am a novice:) in poster design as i have never done one before.I need ideas,if possible some templates or resources on designing and formatting an academic poster.I just started my doctoral research and i need to design a poster describing my research in as clear as possible format for a research methods seminar.I will be more than grateful if someone can lend me ideas.



    Barb Stuart

    Hi there,

    I have exhibited several posters for academic projects. The first tool to find is the one your own department, university, Dissertation Chair or significant other prescribes. If that advice doesn’t help, google posters. Here’s one I just found that looks interesting:

    Good luck.


    University of Leicester has an useful online tutorial for novices

    For stock images Morguefile is a really useful source.

    A morgue file is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

    The term “morgue file” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morguefile.


    Some useful tips:

    (1) The basic rule of poster design is to provide a short, clear, non-technical description of what you did, why you did it, and what you found.

    (2) Keep your poster simple and brief. Put just enough to get your point across. It should tell a story. A typical reader only has few minutes to look at your poster, so there should be minimum clutter.

    (3) Use large fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.

    (4) Make your poster visually appealing. Incorporate colour. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials. (useful photo websites provided below)

    (5) Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster.

    (6) Ask for help. Seek feedback from colleagues on various draft versions of your poster before printing the final copy.

    (7) Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your poster for printing. It is common to encounter problems with printing (cropping, distortion, and graphics) and need to rework the design.


    I thought I could find something here about posters and postcards, I really wanted to learn more about it and also to apply my designing interest. I already have some numbers of collections that are in digital print format including black and white. Some posters prints are from this printing

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