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1 Creating Effective Conference Posters using PowerPoint Adam Warren Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit a.j.warren@soton.ac.uk 023 8059 4486

2 2 Write for your audience  non-specialists – clear language, avoid or explain jargon – no more than 3 minutes reading?  what ‘news’ are you offering them? – how will this interest them?  what questions will they be asking? – answer them!

3 3 Information at a glance  use a big title that catches the eye  use photos to attract attention  use headings to ‘chunk’ information  use bullets to summarise text  use diagrams to summarise ideas  use charts to summarise data  include your name and contact details

4 4 Make text legible  make text easy to read from 1m+  large text sizes (18 - 24 pt) for ‘body text’ – avoid CAPITALS  high contrast between text and background  simple but stylish typefaces  avoid long line lengths (max 50 characters) – use columns or text boxes  have someone else check your spelling serif – sans-serif - cursive

5 5 Design essentials  does the design assist understanding? – lead the eye across / down the text – leave plenty of “white space”  create a clean and consistent look – fonts and sizes, colours and shapes – align design elements – or separate  use colour purposefully  borrow ideas from posters you like

6 6 Standard poster layouts

7 7 Creative poster layouts  don’t feel trapped by the guidelines!  use your creativity and imagination  is the structure clear?  is the text legible?  is the design coherent?

8 8 Layout grids

9 9 Don’t…  make assumptions about the display arrangements at the conference  try to squeeze too much on to the poster  use fancy fonts and textures  expect print to match screen colour  leave things until the last minute!

10 10 Poster production  Start with the content – text, images and graphics  Decide on overall colour scheme  Create first draft using PowerPoint – get feedback from colleagues  Update and proof-read  Print on large ink-jet

11 11 How big is A1?  European paper standard sizes: A4 21x30 A2 42x60 A1 60x84 A3 30x42 A0 84x120 A0+ 84x???

12 12 Printing costs  Print Centre – x23603 - www.sotonuniprint.co.ukwww.sotonuniprint.co.uk – full-colour print and encapsulate:  A2 (42x60)£15colour inkjet  A1 (60x84)£24colour inkjet  A0 (84x120)£43colour inkjet  print it yourself (60p)


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