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Academic Posters: Poster Design Advice

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APA Style Checklist for Posters

Checklist for Effective Posters:

  • Font type and size are consistent (use the same size font for levels of headings).
  • Text can read at a distance.
  • Text may be single-spaced.
  • Only include key findings and necessary text. Use bullets and visuals to convey information.
  • Use consistent colour scheme.
  • Follow APA Style rules as closely as possible for all visual information (photos, figures, tables, etc.).
  • Include an APA Style formatted References list. The References list may be in smaller font to conserve space. 

Adapted from Displaying your findings: A practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations: An educational guide based on the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (p. 176).

Academic Poster Layout

This is an example of an academic poster. Check with your instructor for your specific assignment guidelines.

Template credit: Purrington, C.B. (n.d.). Designing conference posters. Retrieved February 7, 2016, from

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