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INTAG 100N: Everyone Eats: Hunger, Food Security & Global Agriculture

Noel Habashy

Standard Layouts

Sample Poster Layout


Posters are typically laid out in "landscape" (48" wide x 36 " high), but may be done in "portrait" (36" wide x 48" high). Decide this before you start designing your poster.

Make the flow of the poster obvious to the reader. Often there are 3-4 columns across with 1-3 blocks of text and image in each column, but there is no one right way.

Find your central point and consider the text, charts, or images needed. A good poster will convey the essence of your paper without your explanation and also serve as visual aid to support your verbal explanation.

The title of your poster may be slightly different from your paper's title. Choose a title that will attract viewers and convey your central point. Use 100+ point font for the title and keep it to 1-2 lines. Use slightly smaller font for your name and affiliation.

Follow the organization of your paper to plan the layout of your poster. The sections of your paper can be translated to blocks on your poster.

Aim for a total of 300-500 words on your poster. Do not paste large blocks of text; explain with visuals as needed. 

Design Tools and Poster Layout

Layout Software

Graphic Creation

PowerPoint Poster Templates

Use a variety of built-in templates for posters or Smart Art to create graphics in PowerPoint.

Download additional templates below. Your College, School, or Program may also have poster templates.