Focus: consider the alternatives

Diagram of focused poster Diagram of poster with poor focus
Do this ...

Edit ruthlessly! Simplify. Supply details in person, and only as needed.

... not this

Emphasize methods rather than the main message.

  • Remove all but the most essential information about your methods.
  • Identify every detail of your methods, just in case you're not in front of your poster when someone comes by.
  • State your results with headings, and focus on results and conclusions.
  • Even in the results and conclusions, be sure to emphasize your methods over your findings.
  • Convince viewers (potential employers) that you are a thoughtful, results-oriented researcher.
  • Convince viewers (potential employers) that you are a task- and methods-oriented technician.