Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations take place in a “Gallery Walk” format. This format is typically used in industry and academic conferences to present research papers. If implemented well, a Poster Presentation format allows for creativity and out-of-the-box demonstration of your topic and knowledge.

Your poster should be visually appealing, and should include engaging content that is well structured using headlines and bullet points (not pages of text). Think of your poster as a visual tool to help you present, be prepared and use it to engage in a conversation with your audience. A successful approach is to prepare a 3-4 minute presentation to walk your audience through you poster. It also helps to have other visual elements (such as a handout, flyer, postcard…etc).

All team members are expected to be present and take turns in presenting their poster to get the grade.

Do NOT read your poster!

Presentation Day Logistics

The first 10 minutes of class-time will be used to setup the room and posters (physical or digital). Each group is responsible for planning how they would like to setup their display, this includes but not limited to: the poster, laptop or iPad or any other electronic devices, handouts, and any other visuals needed for the presentation.

All team members are expected arrive at the beginning of class to help set-up and be available until the end of class.

There must be 1-2 presenters at each poster display at all times. All team members are expected to know the content and be ready to present during the gallery walk session.

Research “poster presentation” and learn how to design an effective poster, there are many videos on creating and presenting a poster. You can also access great resources on Academic Posters.

Digital Posters @ Humber’s Idea Lab

Digital poster sessions will be utilizing the screens in the Lakeshore Idea Lab (3rd floor of the G Building). Your poster will be displayed on an LCD TV. Students may use whatever tool they wish to create their digital poster (e.g. PowerPoint, Canva, Piktochart, Keynote, etc.). If you want to collaborate on a Piktochart design, you can find instructions on the Idea Lab’s infographics site. Below are some guidelines for your posters:

  • Use a single slide/page for the poster
  • Use a 16×9 widescreen format:
    • POWERPOINT: Design Tab > Slide Size > Widescreen (16×9)
    • PIKTOCHART: Click on the Resize Page icon next to your template/design and select Page Size > 16×9 – Widescreen.
  • Do not go below a 16-point font for bullet point lists
  • Cite your research on the poster and include (or link to) your reference list
  • Be consistent with:
    • Fonts (2-3 max)
    • Colours (use a template or colour scheme that will provide you with a colour palette to pick from
    • Icon/image style (I.e.. choose multicolour, single colour, line drawing, etc.)

Feel free to contact the Idea Lab with any questions at <>. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to meet with someone from the Idea Lab team.


Posters displays and presentations will be marked by the professor. The grade awarded will be based on the apparent level of effort, thoroughness, completeness, focus, and how well the group demonstrated their understanding of the chosen topic.

Digital Posters at the Idea Lab (Fall 2022):

Poster Boards (previous years)