Poster Printing Policy
Conference posters may be printed at no cost for UNF faculty members who are first author on a paper or poster session that takes place off campus. There is a limit of one poster per conference. The faculty member simply needs to submit a copy of their acceptance letter/email when making an appointment for printing. Other printing may be done at a cost of $5 per linear foot.
Acceptable file formats include PDF, PowerPoint, JPG, or Photoshop. PowerPoint is a good authoring environment for posters; when setting up your poster, make it half of the actual print size; ie , for a 42" x 56" printed poster, set up as 21" x 28"
Use high-resolution photos at all times. 300 dpi is usually preferable, but a good quality photo at a smaller resolution will work. When scaling your photos always make sure you hold down the "shift" key and only use the corner toggles in the photo frame. Doing otherwise will distort the photo. If possible, images should be at least 5" x 7".
Graphs and Charts
When inserting graphs and charts from Excel, Word, or other programs, use Paste Special and choose the Enhanced Metafile option for best results.
Double-space all text, using left alignment; text with even left sides and ragged right sides is easiest to read. The text should be large enough to be read easily from at least six feet away.
Visit our poster gallery to find a variety of PPT files set up for poster development. CIRT staff are also available to assist with poster design by appointment. Please call x. 3927 with questions or to set up an appointment.
Other posters and/or large format jobs for research or instructional purposes may be printed at a cost of $5 per linear foot. Faculty will receive an invoice for prints which may be paid at the cashier's office with personal funds, or by budget transfer through their department. Faculty should make an appointment for poster printing 2 - 3 days before the print is needed. Large batches (>6) of student research posters may be printed through the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Tips for Better Poster Design
Photos and Resolution
For section headings (e.g., Introduction), use bold, font size of about 18 pt - 21 pt (keep in mind the final printed poster will be 200% larger, so this will be 36 pt - 42 pt). For supporting text (e.g., text within each section & figure captions), use font sizes of about 12 pt - 14 pt (also keep in mind this will be 24 pt -28 pt on the final printed poster). In general, use font sizes proportional to importance:
- Largest font size- Title
- Next largest font size - Section headings
- Medium font size - Supporting material
- Smallest font size - Details and captions
Keep in mind that san serif fonts (having characters without curliques or other embellishments) are easiest to read. Finally, be consistent. Choose one font and then use it throughout the poster. Do not underline type - add emphasis by using boldface, italics or color.
The Poster's Background
The choice of a background color is up to you. However, softer colors( pastels & greys) may work best as a background - they are easiest to view for hours at a time, and offer the best contrast for text, graphic, and photographic elements.
Use a colored background to unify your poster:
- Muted colors, or shades of gray, are best for the background. Use more intense colors as borders or for emphasis, but be conservative - overuse of color is distracting.
- Two to three related background colors (Methods, Results, & Discussion) will unify the poster.
- If necessary for emphasis, add a single additional color by mounting the figure on thinner poster board, or outlining the figure in colored tape. Color can enhance the hues or contrast of photographs:
- Use a light background with darker photos; a dark background with lighter photos.
- Use a neutral background (gray) to emphasize color in photos; a white background to reduce the impact of colored photos.
- Most poster sessions are held in halls lit with harsh fluorescent light. If exact colors are important to the data, balance those colors for use with fluorescent lighting. Also, most colors will be intensified; bright (saturated) colors may become unpleasant to view.
Correct UNF Logos
The standard UNF logo is available in both horizontal and vertical formats. Since most conferences are outside of Jacksonville, it's preferable to use the logotype with the words "University of North Florida" so it is clear. CIRT can assist with inserting a high-quality UNF logo into your poster.