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Poster Session Preparation

What not to do

Remember that a poster, while less formal, is still a professional approach to presenting the results of your research.  It should not resemble scrapbooks, pep rally signs, or party posters.

Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid.  Hover over an image for a larger view.


Embellishments Fancy cut edges Fancy edges


Foam, adhesive, or
3D lettering



Hand written

Handwritten content Handwritten 2

Construction paper, crayon
or markers for content

Hand cut

Hand cut edges, poorly
adhered edges

References or other text
to small to read


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Dan Stanton
My Academic Units: School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts' School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Hayden Library
Room C46CB

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