Show no mercy when editing visual materials!
Once again, ruthless editing is very important.
Visual distractions increase fatigue and reduce the probability of veiwers giving the poster a thorough read.
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- Restrained use of large type and/or colored text are the most effective means of emphasizing particular points.
- Use short sentences, simple words, and bullets to illustrate discrete points.
- Have the left edges of materials in a column aligned; center alignment produces ragged left & right edges. This makes reading the poster more difficult.
- Avoid using jargon, acronyms, or unusual abbreviations.
- Remove all non-essential information from graphs and tables (data curves not discussed by the poster; excess grid lines in tables)
- Label data lines in graphs directly, using large type & color. Eliminate legends and keys.
- Artful illustrations, luminous colors, or exquisite computer-rendered drawings do not substitute for CONTENT.
- Lines in illustrations should be larger than normal. Use contrast and colors for emphasis.
- Use colors to distinguish different data groups in graphs. Avoid using patterns or open bars in histograms.
- Use borders about 0.5 inches all around each figures. Border colors can be used to link related presentations of data.
- Colored transparency overlays are useful in comparing/contrasting graphic results