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Lansing Community College Library

Public Speaking: Poster Presentations

This guide provides students, staff, and faculty with resources to research and present oral and visual information effectively.

Print a Poster in the Library

student taking their poster out of the large format printer

The large format printer in the Technology Lab can print posters up to 36" by 48."

Basic Tips

  • Use headers to organize your information.
  • Use a clean, easy-to-follow layout with elements that align.
  • Consider using columns so your audience knows where to begin.
Text & Images
  • Do not overload your audience with too much text! Keep it brief and to the point.
  • Use a font that is easy to read.
  • Include relevant pictures and charts.
Final Touches
  • Include citations for outside sources.
  • Use color to grab attention, but make sure it is still easy to read.
  • Be sure to include your name and contact information somewhere.

Good Design Example

Example of good poster design.

Image used with permission. See comments from the poster creator at Librarian Design Share.

Bad Design Example

Image used with permission. Get more information on Colin Purrington's website.

Useful Links

Use these resources to find open-license and public domain images, icons, and illustrations to use on your poster. Don't forget to properly cite your source.

Having trouble finding the right colors? Use these resources to create harmonious, eye-catching color palettes. 

Use this tool to double check that your text and background colors are easily readable and accessible.

Cite Your Sources

Poster Discussion Video