Take Pride in Your Posters

Need to make a poster?

Whether it’s for a class, a conference or just for fun – take pride in your work.

Specifically at professional research conferences trifold posters are never used. Yet, because printed posters can be pricy, trifold posters are sometimes our best option. I understand that paper and cut-out letters help beautify your poster, but digital tools can give your trifold poster that WOW factor it needs. Consider the following tools when designing your work. Jazz it up!


Put your info into an infographic; a visual representation of information using graphics. An infographic is way to display information without having too much text or bad hand writing. They can clean up your poster, as well as make your presentation visually pleasing. These designs can be as long or as short as you want, so you can fit infographics on your poster however you like. By designing three, all you need to do is print them out and paste them onto your trifold poster. Check out my tutorial “Creating an Infographic” on how to design one and then visit Piktochart to start your own. Check out Infogr.am as well!

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If you don’t want to convert your information into an infographic, go ahead and paste your text onto your poster but add some self-designed graphics. Graphics are a great way to spice up your poster! Instead of cutting out letters that make up your title, design a title or headline with cool fonts and images. You can make professional looking graphics that are specific to your topic. If you graphic design skills are limited, Canva is a great website because it provides tons of resources like templates and tutorials. Are you quoting some great research? Visit Pablo for visually appealing ways to showcase your quote. A text-heavy poster is unappealing, add some fun to it with graphics.

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If you’re feeling really bold, use PowerPoint to create a poster. A digital poster is clean. You won’t have to deal with paper unsticking or peeling hot glue gun strings off. All you need is a computer, PowerPoint, and access to a large printer. A digital poster can also last longer – it stays on your computer till you delete it. For how to do this, check out our digital poster tutorial or this helpful site. The downside with these is they can get pricy. If you don’t want to print the entire poster, reshape your slide dimensions to get slides that you can print out and paste on your poster.

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What not to do:


I love crafting, but this isn’t a way to display your information. The words are too small. You can see the glue through the paper. The lines are not straight. You barely notice the title.



What to do:


The words are legible. The lines are straight. There’s a clear title at the top. It has a ton of info, but it isn’t overwhelming.


This one is a great combination of text, charts and graphs.

Take pride in your work! Design a poster that you would show you future boss.

Visit a Student Technology Liaison, Anne or Sonia for help!