General format
  • Decide on the main message you want to give your audience.
  • If the poster is about your project, check through your abstract once again - is it still accurate?
  • Decide on the size of the poster (check the instructions in your module handbook).
  • Check if you have everything you need for the poster. Do you have the data? How much time will you need to prepare it (tables, photographs, and so on)?

Check your module guidelines but you will probably need to include the title of the project, name(s), degree title, year of study and calendar year.

  • For an A1 poster, the title should be readable from five to six metres away.
  • for A1 size poster, the title font size should be between 70points to 90points (and for posters of smaller sizes, the font size recommendation should be reduced by 30% for every one size drop).
  • Use abbreviations if appropriate and clear.
  • There are no rules about positioning of the title. Decide if you will justify the text of the title to the left or in the centre. (Research has shown that the viewer's eyes tend to keep left when reading or viewing a page).
Title fonts
  • Use a simple, easy to read font. A sans serif style, such as Verdana, Helvetica or Arial is ideal.
  • Use bold and title case for the title itself. Title case means capitalising the first letter of every word, apart from prepositions (short words like on, in and to) and articles (words like the, an or a).
  • Use bold and mixed upper and lower case for the authors’ names.
  • Use plain text (no bold) for main text.
  • Captions on figures and drawings should be around 18points (but a minimum of 12points) for an A1 size poster.

Creative Commons Licence
SMILE - Posters by Imperial College, Loughborough University, University of Worcester and SCEBE Learning Development Centre, GCU modified by Marion Kelt GCU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License