Poster Making Tips and Guidelines

The Basics

In Publisher you select “poster” under blank publications. Then go to Page Setup, where you can select your poster layout. Publication type should be 'custom'. The width should be set to the actual height and width that you want your poster to be. The orientation should then be selected as landscape. Here are some PowerPoint templates to get you started. You may change the background and layout as you wish. These are set up to work with page limit size of 36" high by 42" wide.  All posters must include a UW-L Logo

Poster 1
Poster 2
Poster 3

http://www.makesigns.com/SciPosters_Templates.aspx or

http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html (select the 36”X42”).

 

To view "best practices" of poster making, check out these sites:

http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters

http://www.soe.uoguelph.ca/webfiles/agalvez/poster/

Printing Your Poster

The printing process will differ depending on which college you’re in: the College of Liberal Studies (CLS), the College of Business Administration (CBA), or the College of Science and Health (SAH). {See directions below for each college}. Each poster should list the title of the project, the student(s)’ names, the faculty mentor name(s), and the department name(s). The acknowledgements section should mention the source of your research funding, if applicable.

CBA & CLS Students

Students in the Colleges of Liberal Studies (CLS) or Business Administration (CBA) should contact DigiCOPY at (608) 782-4355. UW-L has discounted rates for students. Students must mention discount to vendor prior to printing.

SAH Students

Students from the College of Science and Health (SAH) should contact Steve Harris, Physics Department, at 785-8428 or Cowley Hall 2012 for information on using the SAH poster printer. Students must have their faculty mentor/advisor present when using the printer, which is located in 213 Cowley Hall. Please contact your faculty mentor in advance as they will need to have their card activated to access 213 Cowley.

We recommend that you use MS PowerPoint to design your poster. The Windows XP computer connected to the printer has a CD/DVD burner and multiple USB ports to read flash drives. The printing cost is $0.50 per square foot and an additional $0.75 per square foot for laminating (approximately $20 to print and laminate a 3x5’ poster). Fill out the billing form that is stored next to the printer according to the specific department. Department accounts will be billed near the end of January each year. For detailed directions on how to use the SAH printer, click here.

 

Link to General Presentation Guidelines