Poster Design and Creation Tips

Posters  are a wonderful communication tool for research, advocacy, and instruction, but they have a very limited amount of space. So it is important to think carefully about overall design and design details.

GIS Poster Design and ArcGIS Pro Tips and Tricks – Updated Fall 2023 by Carolyn Talmadge, Data Lab Services Manager

The Data Lab recommends the use of Microsoft Publisher for designing and creating GIS and other posters for plotting in the lab. Publisher is part of the Microsoft Office suite and is installed in most Tufts computer labs with the other Office software.

You can see the GIS posters from previous years at the Tufts GIS Center’s Poster Expo site.

It is very easy to learn Publisher for creating a poster. The following directions explain how to do it. If you plan on plotting in the GIS Center, please follow these instructions very carefully, including the conversion to a PDF file at the end.  Once you have created a PDF, you must give it to a Data Lab staff member for plotting.  If you follow the instructions below, everything should work smoothly!