I need to assemble a research poster – how do I get started, and what programs can I use to make a poster? And how do I make graphs to display my data?
With programs like InDesign, Illustrator, and Microsoft Publisher, with a little help from Microsoft Excel, you can create an eye-catching poster to showcase your research project. Illustrator and Excel can be used to create attractive graphs to display any data you wish to share, and you can pull everything together in InDesign or Publisher and lay out the contents of your poster. Before you start building your poster, there are a few steps you can take to help get things rolling.
Having a general idea of how your poster will look will help you get started – think about how things will be laid out on the page, what colors you’ll be using, and what fonts you’ll be using for your poster. A rough sketch of what you want your poster to look like when it’s finished may be helpful, and you can use that as a road map of where things should end up on your poster. Make notes about the colors you might want to use, and fonts you might want to use for headings and body text – when you start building your poster, you’ll have everything you need planned out already and can focus on laying things out. You’ll also want to make sure to collect any images you want to include, the data you want to present, and the text of your poster in one location before you start working. Once you have those items together, the following learning paths will help you create your poster.