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Once you have finished the initial design of your poster, it's time to edit!
The first and perhaps most impactful thing you can do is find friends, family members, and colleagues to review your poster. After hours of working on your poster a fresh pair of eyes can give you a new perspective and find errors that you may have missed. Experts in your field can review for content, and anybody can review for design! In fact, it may be helpful for someone who isn't familiar with your subject matter take a look at your poster from a design perspective.
Printing out a draft of your poster is recommended when possible. You'll get a feel for it that you and your editors don't have when it's on your computer, and it will help you catch mistakes that you can't see on a smaller screen.
While you and your editors are reviewing, here are some general things to watch out for, but remember, your intuition on what works for you can go a long way!
Groundbreaking research is meaningless if it can't be read or understood clearly, and nothing can muddle a poster more than simple spelling and grammar errors. Not to worry, however, because these are the easiest things to fix! Here are a few tips to make sure your poster is free of any embarrassing
No matter your level of education or experience, simple mistakes happen to everyone, but careful editing can help avoid them and stop them from being on your poster come presentation.
It's extremely important that your poster is easy to read when you're presenting it, so here are a few key things to look for.
One of the most important things you can ensure is that your poster is internally consistent. Inconsistencies distract the viewer and take away from your material. Here are some tips.
1As an aside, it should be noted that footnotes can distract the reader, and should be used sparingly in a poster setting
When things on your poster--whether that be headings, images, text, or figures--aren't aligned correctly, it will stand out to your audience and draw their attention away from your content. We humans like patterns and things being even, and your viewers may notice that something just isn't quite right if you have poor alignment, even if they don't know exactly why. Here are a few things to check when you're checking the alignment on your poster.
Good design means good design for everybody. Accessibility is crucial to making sure everybody can understand and be impacted by your research. Here are a few quick tips to make sure your poster is accessible.