You can use templates to help you create a digital poster. The template above was designed by Colin Purrington. You can find Powerpoint poster templates for creating digital posters on his blog. You can also find Google Docs poster templates on the Earlham College Libraries website.

  1. Pick a template (Powerpoint or Google Docs)
  2. Add your content to the template.
  3. Save your Powerpoint poster or your Google Docs poster as an image (JPEG).
  4. Go to Add Your Presentation to upload your image to the website.
  5. After you upload the image, provide the poster text in the Description to make it accessible.

As an alternative to a digital poster, you can design a physical poster, take a photo of the poster, and share it on this website.

Take a look at LCC Library’s Poster Presentations webpage for additional tips for creating poster presentations.

Title pitched at general audience that provides conclusion or at least hints at something interesting

Colin B. Purrington, Department of Posterology, Hudson University


Three sentences max.

Persuade reader you have novel, interesting question(s) and hypothesis. Resist urge to use all the white space.

Materials and methods

Four sentences max.

If viewer truly wants to know gruesome details, they’ll ask or email you.

Sometimes adding a pic is good.


Highlight your LARGE photographs, charts, maps, or in this central arena.

Don’t include every graphic you’ve made that relates to project. Choose one. Or two. And separate graphics with plenty of white space.

If you have just one or two simple graphics, viewers will be drawn to explore them. If you have too many or they are too complicated, visitors will be repelled.

If you add an image, click on Insert Image. When you insert the image add a description to make the image accessible to viewers who cannot see the image.

Annotate graphics with arrows and callout boxes so that viewer is visually led through how hypothesis is addressed. The goal is to enable viewers to understand the logic behind your conclusions without you needing to be there.

Keep font size of all text (even graph labels) as big or bigger than in rest of poster.


Explain why outcome is interesting. Don’t assume it’s obvious. Three sentences max

Literature cited

Author, J. 2012. Article title. Journal of Something 1:1-2.


Be brief.

Further information

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