Carnegie Mellon University

Research Poster Visual Design

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A good research poster functions much like a visual abstract: it provides a viewer with a snapshot of your research, emphasizing the main ideas and results.

This handout provides tips on how to create a visually polished conference poster, including:

  • How to make your poster skimmable
  • How to incorporate visuals such as graphs and charts
  • How to visually lay out sections of an IMRD report

If you're ready to start designing, click on the sidebar to view our handout and video on best practices for research posters.

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