7 Steps to Creating an Effective Poster

Wondering how to take your poster to the next level?

Let's face it: making a scientific poster that stands out from the crowd is hard.

As a result, a lot of posters end up looking similar to one another—which can be a drag at conferences where you're looking at dozens every day.

But it doesn't have to be that way. The truth is that designing a unique and interesting poster is easier than ever.

If you're ready to try something new before your upcoming conference, here are 7 things to try:

1. Learn a new creation software

Are you a die-hard PowerPoint user? We get it. But if you're tired of using the same pre-made templates, consider branching out to a new software like Photoshop or BioRender to design your poster.
If you don't know the differences and unique benefits of each software, don't worry: we wrote about the best six poster creation applications out there, so you don't have to. Learning a new tool is not only great for professional development, but it's also a guarantee that your next poster will have a new look.

2. Add multimedia

Feel like your poster needs an extra something special? Inserting audio and video to accompany your text is a surefire way to increase engagement with your poster at your event and online.
If you're not sure what to add, consider using footage from your research or a spoken description of your research. Your audience will appreciate the extra effort and engage more closely with your ideas.

3. Use a template

Poster templates are a convenient tool that allow you to upgrade your poster with minimal effort.
Not sure where to find a template? We've got you covered. Our free eposter template library is a growing resource that ensures you always have access to fresh ideas.

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4. Get a second (or third) opinion

If you always compose and finalize your poster with the same colleagues, it might be a good idea to get a new pair of eyes on your poster before you submit. Consider sharing it with someone outside your specialty, or to a new researcher to hear their input. You might be surprised by what they say, and will learn something even if you don't use their feedback.

5. Do your research (not that kind)

One of the best ways to get inspired with new poster ideas is to explore what other researchers are doing. Browse thousands of posters at ePostersOnline or using your institution's databases to find new ideas that you can emulate.

6. Check out the #BetterPoster Initiative

Researcher in work psychology Mike Morrison wants to make science more user-friendly. That's why he started the #BetterPoster movement. This new and increasingly popular format guides authors to visually simplify their posters using a core message, QR codes, and other tools that make your poster easier to understand in a short period of time.

Curious? Watch the video to learn more.

7. Explore PowerPoint Design Ideas

If you're like most researchers, you probably draft your posters using PowerPoint. Did you know that the latest versions of this Microsoft software have a feature called "Design Ideas"? This new AI-powered tool automatically generates layout suggestions as you go, so you can transform the feel of your poster in just one click. Pretty cool, right?

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