Creating Accessible Posters

1. Why create an accessible poster? Accessible posters ensure that your important research is available to a larger group of potential audience members, including audience members with a variety of access needs, whether because of disability or other life circumstances. By creating an accessible poster, you remove barriers and as a result welcome and connect with more people who may otherwise have been excluded from possible discussions.

2. Quick Tips and Tricks

  • Avoid directly copying and pasting paragraphs from your paper.
  • Avoid low-contrast text and background colors, such as yellow or baby blue font on a white background.
  • Avoid cluttered design.
  • Check that all visuals (images, graphs, etc.) are large enough to be viewed at a distance.
  • Prepare alternative formats of your poster.

3. Recommended Poster Size

Using the software of your choice, create a document that is 42 inches wide by 42 inches high, or the opposite for a vertical poster. Using the recommended document sizes in inches is critical to ensure the later recommended font sizes are accurate.

4. Accessible Visual Design

  • Poster Content Creation and Layout

1. Use no more than 4 columns with a consistent organization pattern.

2. Include white space to avoid overcrowding.

3. Include both image descriptions and captions with all content-based images.

4. Avoid bright and highly saturated colors for graphs and graphics.

5. Avoid relying on colors for meaning.

6. Be consistent with font selection for all text, including but not limited to section titles, body text, and image captions.