Imagine that you’ are sitting in a panel session at an academic conference. The session comes to and end, so you get up and follow the line people out of the back door of the cramped room into the grand lobby which has been filled withwhere research posters are setup on displayed on easels. Everywhere you look Tthere are posters in every direction. There are –so many of them you that you don’t know where to start. Remember, you only have 15 minutes before the next session starts. So you start looking for the poster that looks like it would take the least time to read. As a result, you start scanning for the poster that has the least text and would take the least time to read. You find one that has little the least text with intriguing graphs and images. You start there.
Read on to learn 3 tricks you can use to help keep your word count low and make your poster be the one that you would stop at increase your viewing efficiency.
Bullet points are quick & easy to read
Notice something about the two posters below? There are no sentences, no paragraphs. Everything is bullet points.
300 to 500 words is the ideal range
The two posters below are perfect examples of how too much text. This mistake can intimidate the reader and can actually keep someone from even reduce the number of guests who approaching the poster. Would you walk up to either of these two posters?
Use Images & Logos Instead of Text
The two posters below are excellent examples of how you can incorporate images, icons, and diagrams to make your research story a little more interesting intriguing than the one right next to it.
To learn more about how to get the right images learn how to do advanced google image search.
For tips on how to make your graphs more appealing check out the 5 Principles for a Perfect Grap