Poster Workshop Copenhagen 22 + 24 January 2019, Pit Stop

Hi everybody!

Thanks for a great day in København! I think we had some really interesting discussions. Here are some guidelines and links to help you with your work. Feel free to email me or call me!

Looking forward to see your posters – be bold and be interesting!


PS will add more stuff to this page during the day.
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Designing a poster – a work process

Intellectual preparation phase

  1. Go through the elevator pitch you wrote yesterday.
  2. Decide on 2–4 main conclusions.
  3. Pick out the visuals you need to support your conclusions.
  4. Write a working title (just a starting point for your planning – you will polish it later).

Basic Design Phase

  1. Use printouts, pen & paper, whiteboard and/or Post-it notes for sketching a layout.
  2. Decide a logical order.
  3. Write single sentences for the different components (you will fill in more text later in the process).
  4. Start the layout work in PowerPoint or InDesign. Think about CRAP, stick to the grid and don’t make the text columns too wide. Think BIG! Here’s a tool (there’s plenty of them!) for creating a color palette:
  5. When you have a basic layout, add more text.

Refinement Phase

  1. Work on the title – I suggest writing three to five different alternatives and let your peers give feedback.
  2. Look at every single element (graph, diagram, header, paragraph, sentence, line, frame, logo …) and ask yourself ”Does it add value for the reader or is it just noise?”.
  3. Shorten the texts. Cherish the white space!
  4. Polish the visuals, thinking about the data/ink ratio.


  • Prepare your verbal explanation.
  • Make three different posters: one conservative, one balanced and one radical.



The Poster Design Hub
A resource page for scientific posters

Basic graphic design: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity
A chapter from a book by Garr Reynolds.

Remove to improve
Some notes from the makers of the video we saw

Designguide Science Københavns Universitet
English notes in the right column!

Øresund from the Swedish side!