Examples and design ideas for academic posters

Here is a collection of posters from around Warwick. Most were made by student, some by staff.

This fist poster is one of my own. It was designed to be used in a live event in which I presented it to a series of small groups in timed 10 minute slots. I didn’t think about using it as a standalone poster, and today it is on the wall of my office, used in consultancy and design meetings. I’ve got a neat 3 part division, with a strong title. There’s the diagram which gives a nice clear view of the process modelled in the research (I use Apple Keynote to create diagrams, and in this case copied it across to the poster in Apple Pages). That does most of the work that I wanted from the poster, but for people who a really interested and want to find out more, the third section has some very detailed descriptions – think of that as being a kind of “drill-down” into detail, as opposed to the high level view of the main section.


And other of mine below. This is a bit different in purpose. It is in effect a “pitch” for a technology that I want people to take an interest in, and possible adopt. Note the way it foes from simplicity – the very clear title, followed by a single paragraph (which is like an elevator pitch), a couple of value propositions (Listen again, understand more) and then drills down into more detail. It ends with clearly stated routes to action, with the urls.


Next we move on to examples of posters from the sciences at Warwick. Posters are a well established medium in all science subjects. Poster sessions are common at conferences. But as you can see, science posters have their own conventions and higher threshold for complexity. Perhaps scientists like detail and the rigorous presentation of methodological process. Notice how in this case a line of footsteps are used to indicate the order in which the poster should be read. This is important in posters like this. Not all posters need to be read sequentially, but science posters tend to be like that.


This next one is a variation of the classic sciences layout. There are five panels. The four concentrically arranged panels each deal with a different aspect of the chemistry, and the middle over-layered panel seems to be presenting something that is more central to the project and perhaps connecting together or going across the whole work.


And now for something different! If you are lucky enough to work on a topic with good visuals, use them! Very exciting. Not really a narrative or sequence, but more of a browse and be inspired kind of effect.


Classic scientific method:


This one is part of a set of posters and a display of models. It is inspirational rather than explanatory.


Important to think about where your poster will be displayed and how it will relate to other posters and artefacts…


From the same set, but a bit more explanatory…


Apologies for the blurriness. Good use of images to enliven a text-heavy poster from English.


Let’s start getting creative! This one from English has 3d elements. Why not?


This one shows that creative projects in the Arts can also be formal and sequentially structured.


Another with 3d elements, this time displayed in a more formal structure.


Nice use of soft colour boundaries and arrows to guide the reader without being too overbearing. Very suitable style for the languages and the topic of transition and the margins.


Another languages poster. This time it has a balance between formal and informal achieved with a kind of scrap-book, pasted together, look. Informality like that can be used to suggest the hand of the craftsperson, the construction of the research as a synthesis, and perhaps research without finality and solid borders in time and space.


You can see some great posters in Classics, but then they have great visuals to work with. This one has the benefit of representing historical transformations.


An image deconstructed presents good content for a poster.


One of several really big posters in Classics. Again the subject matter is visual. Notice the use of questions to head-up each section. Feels like you are getting something out of reading it.


Quite a contrast. A wonderful background image treated with subtlety and just enough text carefully over-layered.


Lots of text, but a good layout. Use of a cartoon illustration is interesting.


Apologies for the poor image of the stark poster that uses contrast and carefully chosen fonts to put the viewer in the right mood.


And finally returning to the sciences with a very detailed psychology poster. It is written well, in plain English and with no jargon.