Poster Design Checklist


Test Whether Your Poster Can Stand Alone


Visual Design

Provides introductory summary or abstract

Defines the problem or issue

Emphasizes “The News” about the issue
XXwith detail, illustrations, examples, and so on

Presents the benefits of the solution

Translates jargon

Uses correct grammar and spelling

Chooses parallel or equivalent phrases in
XX bulleted lists

Identifies key components of diagrams


Explains and labels figures and graphs

Persuades through “message” headings
XX(“Room for Improvement in Base Case”)
XXrather than low-content“Introduction,” “Results,” and so on

Foregrounds content, not background design or color

Frames items with adequate blank space so that
XX the organization of information is clear

Formats equivalent items consistently

Presents relevant images, not “eye candy”

Enhances legibility through color choices and font size



Could deliver talks of different lengths (30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes)

Summarized key points in three - four sentences for overview

Reinforced points with concept-related gestures

Avoided distracting gestures

Made eye contact with listeners; looked at them, not the poster

Talked without notes or excessive reading from the poster