Humanities Research Centre
Think visually. Aim for visual impact and readability
Target a non-specialist audience who knows nothing about your research area
Use layout, image, and colour to communicate your research
Avoid cramming the page. Use space to guide the reader’s eye
Use images if you can. Avoid low resolution images that will look pixelated when printed
Use colour for visual appeal, and to highlight key points or make connections
Use colour carefully. Dark text on light backgrounds is easier to read
Keep text to a minimum (~ 300 words max. Less is more here)
Include your name
Prooof raed carefuly!
You can design your poster in PowerPoint
Go to Design > Page set up
In the drop down menu for ‘slides size’, choose ‘custom’, enter the dimensions for A2 paper (42.0 and 59.4 cm) and then select portrait or landscape
When your poster is finished, go to File > Save & Send > Create PDF/XPS Document
Poster design resources
For inspiration, check out our previous HRC poster competition winners.
The Electronic Textuality and Theory Group's blog at Western University gives tips on designing posters for the arts and humanities.
The American Historical Association also gives some tips on why and how to design an effective humanities poster, as well as a post from the winner of their 2015 poster competition on why they found presenting a poster at a conference useful.
Try these tips from blogger Colin Purrington: https://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design or these from Berkeley University http://digitalhumanities.berkeley.edu/resources/creating-and-printing-posters.
These blogs mainly focus on academic posters for specialist conferences, but many of their tips are also applicable to posters designed for non-specialist audiences.
We look forward to receiving your entries!