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2019 Scholars Day Workshops
Join us for hands-on help in developing your poster or PowerPoint:
- Tuesday, March 12: Noon – 1 pm
- Wednesday, March 13: 3–4 pm
- Wednesday, March 27: 3–4 pm
All workshops will be held in Drake Memorial Library, Room 224.
Designing Your Poster
There are many creative options for your poster design, and it is a simple process for the novice designer.
1: Poster Dimensions & Setup
- Your poster will be created as ONE slide in PowerPoint.
- Under "Custom," select your width and height. (Typical sizes range from 24" high x 36" wide to conference posters as large as 36" high x 48" wide. Be sure to select "Ensure Fit" to avoid lost information.)
- You must do this step before you create your poster. Your print quality will be grainy or pixelated if you design your poster and then change the size.
2: Design Tips
Unless you are presenting some type of visual art or graphics project, information is king in poster design. Posters should be informative and graphically appealing.
- The poster should clearly detail the project’s topic, thesis, scope, methodology, results, and conclusions.
- Be sure to include: presenter name(s), co-authors, academic program, faculty advisor(s), and project title. (If presenting your poster at an off-campus event, The College at Brockport should be included. Check the conference website for specific guidelines.)
- Work drafts of the poster through your faculty advisor to be sure class or conference presentation guidelines are met before you print.
Color Choices & Backgrounds
- Maintain good contrast between the background color and the text color.
- Colors on your computer monitor will not reproduce exactly on a printed poster, as monitor color settings vary. You can expect that there will be a color shift of two or three shades.
- Limit image resolution to 150 dpi to ensure their ability to print.
- All graphics should be pictures (.tif, .gif for transparency, .jpg for non-transparent images) inserted directly into PowerPoint (NOT linked from another program). The preferred image format for all inserted images is JPEG if you do not need a transparent background.
- If you have graphs or charts from Excel to include in your poster, simply copy in Excel and paste into PowerPoint.
- When necessary, don’t forget to caption images, tables, etc. for clarity.
- Do not enlarge images after they have been inserted into PowerPoint.
- It is best to use a font that is cross-platform to ensure that your poster retains the text, spacing, and look you want. If you use a downloaded font that is specific to one environment (i.e., only Mac or only Windows), you must embed that font in your PDF.
- Rule of thumb for font sizes: Title 72-120; Subtitle 48-80; Section Headers 36-72; Body Text 24-48.
- Sans-serif fonts are best for posters, particularly for the title, subtitle, and headers.
3: Saving to PDF
- All printing services need a PDF file set to your custom page size for proper printing.
- When you have proofread and edited, "Save As" a PDF.
4: Printing Your Poster
- Brockport Student Government (BSG) will print color posters for Brockport students with a minimum 10 days advance notice. Remember you will need a PDF file. The printing fee is due when you pick it up from the BSG Office in the Seymour College Union. (Check on fees, as costs are size-dependent with a higher fee for larger posters.)
Contact Becky Bird in the BSG Office with printing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Jules Oyer with Scholars Day questions: email@example.com