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Academic Poster Resources: Software, Printing, & Help

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Software & Sizing


Microsoft PowerPoint is the most commonly used software for creating posters.

Apple Keynote, Adobe Illustrator, and free/open software options such as LibreOffice Impress and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) can also be used to create academic posters.


Most conferences and meetings have size/dimension requirements. The most common sizes are 36” tall x 48” wide (horizontal or “landscape” orientation), although other sizes are also typical. 


Need More Help?

Schedule a design consultation with Dana Haugh, Web Services Librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Or email:

Data Visualization

Visit this guide for how to create effective data visualizations.


Paper Poster

Usually the cheapest option, quick turnaround, but can be cumbersome if traveling on a plane

Cloth Poster

Can be more expensive and may require more lead time, but great for travel!