Helpful Tips

Poster and Data Display

  • Use clear language and avoid acronyms in your title, legend, and labels
    • Minimum font size of 18pt can help audience read from a distance
    • Sans-serif fonts are best
    • Avoid all caps
  • Adding team pictures, photos of templates/tools, and data displays can make your poster more engaging and interesting
  • Avoid color combinations that make the text difficult to read
    • Use color meaningfully, e.g., when you want to highlight something about the data.
    • For categorical data, avoid too many different colors – no more than 6 colors is best; 12 colors max.
    • For sequential data, use a gradient of white to highly saturated versions of the same color family.
  • When displaying data, axes should be clearly labeled and divided into equal portions.

Video Presentation

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  • PowerPoint has a built-in recording function that can allow you to record your video very easily. You may also use other apps on your computer or smartphone, as long as the submitted file is in a .mp4 format.
  • A webinar-style video that covers a high-level synopsis of your project can be appropriate for this submission, but we encourage creativity in your submission!
  • Do a test run to check the audio. There is nothing worse than flawlessly recording a full video, only to discover that you have no audio. Run a few audio checks before you get started on your final cut.
  • Ensure that your recording environment is quiet and free of distractions. Constant pinging and buzzing throughout your video can cause distractions for both you and the viewer.
  • Drafting and practicing a script before recording your video can ensure a fluid presentation that emphasizes the important parts of your poster.