Poster Preparation Guidelines

Poster TipsIt is important to plan your poster first.  What's your message?  How will you display that message?  A column format is easier to read in a crowd.  You want to guide the reader (left to right) through your poster with use of key points in intelligent headings, with a balance of text and graphics for visual appeal.  State your main points and conclusions clearly.  Use an active voice and use phrases rather than full sentences.  A serif font is good for text (at least 24pt) and sans serif font (36pt) for titles and headings.   Your graphics should communicate relationships quickly and be simple and clean.   Remember, everything on your poster should relate to your message.     

TemplatesBelow are a few common templates for your use.  Also, the WSU School of Medicine has several additional templates available.  In addition, step-by-step instructions for creating posters in Powerpoint, prepared by Mary Simmons, MAT, School of Medicine are below.  Click on the image for an expanded view. 

PrintingThe School of Medicine offers quality printing services at an economical price.  The cost is $2/per sq foot -- therefore a 3'x4' poster is $24. The SOM is located at 540 E. Canfield, Room 1367 in Scott Hall.  Print time is generally 48 hours, but it is recommended that you allow one week, especially during peak times.  You may email a pdf of your completed poster (if less than 20MB) to, indicating the desired size and your payment method. The Foreign Language Technology Center at 385 Manoogian Hall also has printing services. A 3'x4' poster is free for students within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the FLTC. For free printing services, students must alert FLTC that they are students within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information please visit the FLTC's website by clicking HERE.

Tips on Use of Photos/GraphicsDo not copy and paste images from other programs!  Use "Insert Picture" function from the menu.  Use a Tiff or JPEG at 300dpi (no less than 150dpi)  at 3"x4" or close to the size you will use it.  A 72dpi photo at 3"x4" will be too small, blurry and lack detail -- it will not work!. 

LogosSociology Logos shown at the far right below are available for your use. Please do not change the colors as they are currently in Wayne State approved colors. The PNG file format has  transparent background and the JPG formats have a white background. 


Below are 30"x40" PowerPoint Templates with Sociology Logos and WSU colors incorporated:


            Marble                    WSU-Green                    WSU-Main                         Hexagon                      Oval


Click here to view and download more poster templates from SOM.



Note:  PNG files have a transparent background.  JPG files have a white background. 






Standard PNG
Standard JPG



Yellow PNG   

 Yellow JPG



Green PNG

Green JPG


Step by Step Creating Posters in Powerpoint.  Click on Image for expanded view: 


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