Creating Research Posters

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what a research poster is, and why you might want to create one
  • Explore print layout principles and how they relate to creating effective research posters
  • Learn how to create and lay out a poster in a number of different programs, including PowerPoint, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Understand what needs to be taken into consideration when printing a poster on a plotter
  • Learn how to ensure your poster looks its best when printing

Prerequisite Skills

  • Basic computer skills, including how to use a keyboard and a mouse

For a more in-depth look at the content of Creating Research Posters, view the title contents below.

More information about this course

This online course is free to everyone and available for enrollment through IU Expand.

This course consists of a series of short lessons, examples, demonstrations, practice quizzes, and hands-on exercises.

To complete the course content, you will need:

  • a web browser and internet access to use the course material on IU Expand.
  • a copy of the software relevant to the training installed on your computer.

Introduction to Research Posters

Learn about what constitutes a research poster, as well as what you'll need to create one, in this video introduction to the Creating Research Posters training.

Description of the video:

Hello everyone, and welcome to Creating Research Posters! I'm Beth with IT Training at Indiana University, and I'll be introducing you to the course.

You’ve probably seen research posters at conferences or at poster competitions – they’re a great way to present information, either on their own or as part of a full-on presentation.

If you’ve never made a research poster, though, the whole process of making a research poster might be intimidating. Some research posters out there look really complicated, or look like they’ve been designed by a fancy marketing department. How on earth do you get started putting together a research poster – especially a good one?

Well, you’re in the right place – the course Creating Research Posters will help you get started making a research poster if you’ve never made one before, and for those of you who’ve made posters before, there may be some helpful tips and suggestions in the course that’ll help you make research posters that really stand out.

As part of the course, I’ll show you how to prepare content for a research poster, including text and images. I’ll also highlight some design principles that will help you lay out your poster, and then I’ll walk you through the process of making a poster file and adding content in three popular programs used for making research posters – PowerPoint, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Ready to make a research poster? If so, let’s go ahead and get started with Creating Research Posters!