Use of Color

Mount poster materials on colored art, mat, or bristol board:
  1. Mat board is available in a large range of colors.
  2. Mat board is heavier, making it more difficult to crease the poster while traveling.
  3. Mat board has a more durable surface than other art papers.
  4. Mat boards is, however, heavier and more difficult to attach to display boards in the poster session.
Use a colored background to unify your poster:
  1. Muted colors, or shades of gray, are best for the background. Use more intense colors as borders or for emphasis, but be conservative - overuse of color is distracting.
  2. Two to three related background colors (Methods, Data, Interpretation) will unify the poster.
  3. If necessary for emphasis, add a single additional color by mounting the figure on thinner poster board, or outlining the figure in colored tape.
Color can enhance the hues or contrast of photographs:
  1. Use a light background with darker photos; a dark background with lighter photos.
  2. Use a neutral background (gray) to emphasize color in photos; a white background to reduce the impact of colored photos.
  3. Most poster sessions are held in halls lit with harsh fluorescent light. If exact colors are important to the data, balance those colors for use with fluorescent lighting. Also, all colors will be intensified; bright (saturated) colors may become unpleasent to view.

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Jeff Radel