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Poster Design

This guide is intended to help SNHU students use basic design principles to creating professional, academic posters. This guide also provides poster templates and instructions for printing posters at the Innovation Lab & Makerspace.


Posters are used by professionals and academics to quickly and effectively communicate important ideas to an audience. In general, readers may spend anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes interacting with your poster and your poster should be designed to inform readers regardless of where they fall on that spectrum.

The following pages will review strategies for organizing information and displaying it visually for the greatest impact on your audience: