PowerPoint is often the go-to program for research poster design. It is familiar to most people and many templates are available online. Penn State students can freely download Microsoft Office programs including PowerPoint.
InDesign is a high-powered layout tool from Adobe available for free to all Penn State students through Creative Cloud. This program has a learning curve, but you can access free lessons from Lynda.com. InDesign gives you complete control over all aspects of design and formatting of your poster and can help you creat a high-quality poster with crisp graphics. Activate your license and download the program.
*Pro Tip: Use https://linkedinlearning.psu.edu/ to search for InDesign tutorials.
Images found in Flickr's creative commons gallery can be used for almost any project that is related to education with nothing more than a credit to the original photographer. Be sure to read over the photographer's rules before reusing images, and cite the license in your work.
*Pro Tip: Filter your search results by creative commons license to save time.
Our visual identity, colors, fonts, and photography are fundamental to every design. The intentional use of these design essentials will align all our communications in a recognizable and visually consistent way.
In order to maintain a strong visual identity system, it’s important to understand both proper and improper mark usage. The following examples provide explanations on how to use our mark effectively as well as what to avoid.
A very nice guide from UNC Health Sciences Library, this guide walks the reader through design elements, the design process, and tips for using Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe InDesign to create a poster.