LTS Poster Printing is funded by the Blugold Commitment in order to provide free wide-format poster printing for students and faculty-student collaborations who are presenting their research at regional, national, or international professional conferences as well as at CERCA. LTS does not print faculty-only research posters, promotional materials, non-research posters, or posters that will only be displayed in class. University Printing Services in Schofield Hall have wide-format printers and can print posters for a fee or chargeback.
In order to ensure that adequate wide-format printer supplies (e.g. ink and paper) are available, poster requests should be submitted AT LEAST one week in advance of the date by which the poster is needed.
Our funding covers the cost of printing ONE large-format poster per documented research project/presentation. We can print several smaller (11x17) drafts for proofing prior to printing your full-size poster. Proofread your work very carefully, and have several people (like your faculty mentor, advisor, and colleagues) proofread your poster file and 11x17 draft BEFORE you approve it for final printing. All poster requests must be approved by a university member and are subject to review prior to printing. Please ensure that all poster requests meet the standards and values of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
The amount of space allowed for research poster presentations varies, so carefully read the instructions provided by the meeting organizers.
NOTE: Our posters are limited to 42" (max poster width) in one direction.
Your design must be a PDF (recommended) or PowerPoint file. Your filename must begin with your username.
The ink easily smudges if it gets wet, so avoid touching the ink or rubbing the poster against surfaces. Your poster will be rolled up, but it is recommended you make arrangements to protect it in transit. If you are transporting it a large distance (e.g. flying), your faculty mentor may be able to help you find a protective poster tube.
Think prompt, not product.
Posters are summaries, meant to encourage discussion. Consider using a handout if you have large amounts of text material.
What's the story?
What is the purpose of your poster? What do you want it to be about? What message do you want viewers to take away from it.
Make a map.
Start with the topic, then add sub-topics and key points, followed by supporting topics for each sub-topic. Make sure you take a step back to decide which topics are necessary and which are not.
Sketch a design.
Make it simple in terms of placement and the size of your elements. Consider using arrows, diagrams, and other strategies to direct the attention of your viewers.
Use titles and visuals to "hook" people.
If they're interested, they'll likely read the whole poster. Make your titles brief and easy to read and understand.
Balance the elements.
Avoid centering everything; keep in mind the overall picture and the way you want your viewer's eyes to move across the poster.
Keep your text, lettering, and graphics large enough to read.
Every element's size should relate to its importance. Use clean fonts that are readable from six feet away.
Capital and lowercase lettering is the most readable.
Choose one font, and use it throughout your poster. Add emphasis using bolding, italics, and color.
Use color selectively and consistently.
Let color communicate meaning, and don't use disrupting or really dark backgrounds.
Where can I get a copy of the university seal?
The seal can no longer be used on these posters, instead use the University Brand.
View the UWEC Power of AND toolkit
NOTE: The Power of AND is incorporated into templates located on the W drive for your convenience.
How do I get started designing a poster?
What software should I use when preparing my research poster?
Microsoft PowerPoint is the best software to use when creating a poster. Adobe Illustrator may also be used.
Are there available templates for different poster sizes?
Are there any basic poster design guidelines?
What if I made a mistake?
Proofread your work very carefully, and have several people (like your faculty mentor, advisor, and colleagues) proofread your poster BEFORE you submit it for printing.
PROOFING IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Our funding covers the cost of printing ONE large-format poster per documented research project/presentation. We can print several smaller (11x17) drafts for proofing prior to printing your full-size poster. Any additional full-size posters, including reprints, will need to be sent to Printing Services (for a fee).
How do I submit my file to be printed?
Please see the Instructions for Printing page for information and instructions on how to submit your poster file to us electronically.
Where else can I go to have my poster printed on campus?
*Cost will vary according to poster size and paper.
To learn about printing to the large format printer, contact one of the following:
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