Purpose of a Poster

A poster is a method of presenting your research or evidence based practice project to an audience in a concise, visually pleasing format. As a poster presenter, you have a unique opportunity to combine visual and oral presentations of your work. The images and text that you choose can help to informally engage your colleagues through one-on-one or small group conversations. An appealing poster can interest people who might not be otherwise interested in your work, or it can facilitate networking with others who are interested in similar topics.

What is the turn-around time for poster printing?

  • Please give the library 5 business days to print your poster. We suggest that you only print the final draft of your poster. A black and white proof copy of your poster can be printed upon request.
  • Posters are only printed for Bridgeport Hospital Staff. There is no fee for this service.

What software should be used to create a poster?

  • Poster file format must be either PowerPoint (.ppt or.pptx) or Adobe Acrobat PDF's (.pdf).  Posters must be submitted in a ready to print file (.ppt or .pdf).

What are the minimum and maximum sized posters that can be printed?

  • Standard poster size - 36" x 42" or 36" x 48"
  • Minimum poster size - 16"x16"
  • Maximum poster print size - 56"x42"

How do I create a poster using PowerPoint?

When you create a poster in PowerPoint, you are essentially creating one big "slide" that is your poster. The default slide size of a new PowerPoint presentation is 7.5" x 10". Printing a 7.5" x 10" page into a larger size poster likely would generate a poster that does not have enough resolution for quality viewing. Therefore, you have to set the slide size to the desired size of your poster.

Please follow these steps to set the size of your slide only before you add content to your poster. If you change the slide size or orientation after you add content, the content may be rescaled.

  1. PowerPoint 2007, 2010, and 2013: On the Design tab, in the Page Setup group, click Page Setup. PowerPoint 2011: Pull down the File menu and click Page Setup.
  2. In the Slides sized for pull-down, select Custom. Type or select the measurements that you want in the Width and Height boxes.
  3. To set the page orientation for the slides, under Orientation section, click Landscape or Portrait.
  4. Click OK.

Please use the following official YNHHS/BH template for all posters:

Do's and don'ts of poster design

Poster layout and design can be challenging.  The following tips should help you create a professional & readable poster.

  • Do use tipe size that can be read easily at a distance of 4 feet or better. We recommend at least 20-point font for the body of your text at least 30-point or greater for headings.
  • Don't use too small a type size for your poster. This is the single most common error. Never use 10 or 12 point type.
  • Do use highly legible fonts with serifs and a large x-height. For example Times New Roman and Calibri are always good choices.
  • Don't use a font that is difficult to read. Please don't get too creative in your typeface selections. Sans-serif fonts, Helvetica being the most common offender are difficult to read, and certain letters are ambiguous. Equally hard to read are most monospaced fonts such as Courier.
  • Do design your poster as if you were designing the layout for a newspaper or magazine. Strive for consistency, uniformity, and a clean, readable look.
  • Don't vary type sizes and/or typefaces excessively throughout the poster.
  • Do use colors in your poster, and always try to use them in a away that helps to create meaning and represents the institution you represent. For the YNHHS we recommend dark blue and white. Use dark blue for your title background and section headings along with white text. The body text of your poster should be black on a white background
  • Don't use gratuitous colors or complicated backgrounds.

How do I send my poster to the library to be printed?

  • You can either email or drop the file off on a flash drive.

Please note:

  • Poster lamination and poster mounting services are not provided by the Library & Multimedia Services Department.
  • Reprints will be made only in the case of printer malfunction (please request a proof copy of your poster if you are not submitting a final draft)
  • Poster requests for material that is copyright protected will not be honored (Please adhere to all copyright rules. For more information please consult: copyright.gov)

All poster printing services are subject to copyright law of the United States. Title 17 (U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyright materials. The person using the equipment is liable for any infringement.