Posters are widely used in the academic community. Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion.
The poster is usually a mixture of a brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a conference, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants can come and view the presentation and interact with the author.
It typically contains the same components as an academic paper, but modified for the different medium. This means:
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A popular, easy-to-use option. Available on all library computers. (More tips from the University of Alabama: Advice for creating a poster with PowerPoint).
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign:
Feature-rich professional software that is good for posters including lots of high-resolution images, but they are more complex and expensive. The Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 package is available on the Macintosh computers in the Computer Commons (8), PLZ310 and MIW133.
Open Source Alternatives:
Canva is an online design and publishing tool with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere. Free accounts are feature rich.
Gliffy for charts and diagrams
Inkscape and Gimp are alternatives to Adobe products.