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Guide to Designing your Poster
Your poster should have 5 distinct sections plus 1 section for references:
• Aim of presentation – Definition of specific purpose of audit
• Justification and rationale for topic linked to evidence base and published policy documentation
• Project methodology – permissions, (ethical approval), design, data, user/staff involvement.
3. Measuring Performance
• Standards for measurement
• Process of audit –timescale, location, sampling
• Results: Presentation of findings of audit – tables, graphs, text
• Summary of findings
4. Practice Enhancement (This section must be supported by evidence)
• Recommendations from audit
• Implications of results for practice development
• Strategies for dissemination, practice enhancement and sustaining of improvement
• Overall conclusions to the poster presentation
• The clinical significance of the poster presentation
· Papers referred to in the text must be given as full reference in a box at the end of the poster.
· Approximately 5 references are expected.
Overall Design & Presentation:
· Avoid too much text
· Text should be well spaced out
· Avoid cluttered; make sure there is free space between text boxes and images
· Determine a logical sequence for the presentation of material using the above headings
· Visual appeal is important however visual aids should be carefully placed and should not detract from the flow of the content
· Proof read your poster
Sequencing of Content:
· Guide the reader through the presentation
· Use of arrows leads the eye as well as creating movement and flow
· Decide on the best format for the presentation of content
Font Type, Size and Colour:
· Font types that present well are Ariel, Tahoma, Calibri or Verdana
· The main title on the poster should have a font size of between 60-80
· The key headings such as introduction, methods etc. should use font size 36-48
· The subtext needs to be size 28-32
· No more than 3 paragraphs of text in a row.
· Avoid using font size less than 24.
· Try not to vary the type or font or size too much throughout the poster
· Be careful with dark font colours on dark backgrounds e.g. blue on black or vice versa, equally avoid light colours on light backgrounds e.g. yellow on white
Tables, Images, Figures and Charts:
· Use tables, charts, graphs to present data
· Ensure that the figures are legible, have good use of distinct colours and are labelled
· For each figure and table used, ensure you have referred to them in the main text
· Avoid placing text over a picture
Work count varies from poster to poster, typically between 400-800, no more than 1000 words.