How to Create a Poster Board

    by Isaiah David

    About the Author

    Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.


    Even with PowerPoint and other modern display methods, poster boards are still one of the most effective ways to present your ideas. Posters do not require computers and projectors to display, which makes them popular for children's science fair projects as well as adult business presentations. Many people also find traditional posters easier to read and more impressive to look at than projected computer displays.

    Things You'll Need

    • Poster board
    • Pictures
    • Graphs
    • Short articles
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Computer
    • Printer

    show more

    Organize all of your information. Decide what key facts you want to put in your poster board. Poster boards are more effective with a few crucial facts organized in an easy-to-follow way. Including too much information makes the poster hard to read.

    Decide on what graphics you need. Every image you use should tie directly into the presentation. For example, if you do a presentation on hydroelectric power plants and you want to show an image of a hydroelectric plant, don't choose any plant that looks good. Instead, find an image of a plant you can specifically talk about in your poster—because it is in your state, for example, or because it is new and innovative.

    Decide on captions and headlines. A poster board is a lot like the front page of a newspaper. You will want large headlines at the top, smaller headlines for sub-sections and captions for any images you are going to use. Look at the poster board and estimate how long each headline, section and image should be.

    Write out everything you are going to include. Design attractive, easy-to-read graphs to summarize key information and short paragraphs for background info and explanations.

    Print out everything in the correct size. For readability, it is usually best to use one font for headlines, text and captions. You can use bold, italics and different sizes to create contrasts between the different parts of the poster.

    Cut all the images, text and graphs out with scissors or a craft knife. Carefully position them on the poster. Once you get everything positioned correctly, use white glue to paste everything in place.

    Photo Credits

    • Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images