Posters for presenting medical/scientific papers afford you the opportunity to have your work viewed by a large audience. However, they also present technical challenges. To accommodate several people viewing at the same time, the size of the lettering (type) must be large enough to be legible at a minimum distance of approximately 6 feet (1.83m).
The key to a visible and eye-catching graphic presentation is contrast. Keep this in mind when choosing your shades.
- Black on white 3. White on blue
- Blue on white 4. White on black
If the presentation is typeset, choose a typeface (design of type) that is particularly simple and clear (e.g., Arial or Helvetica). The weight of the type chosen (the thickness of each letter) should be medium or bold. The actual size of the type is measured in “points”. To be legible at a distance of 6 feet (1.83m), the minimum type size used should be 24 point; and to be legible at 8 feet, you should use 30 point.
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