Poster Printing

Professional posters are usually a printed product. Professional scientists use graphic design software, and get them printed using special large-scale printers (sometimes they even get them printed on fabric instead of paper!). However, this is very expensive, and not something we advise in this course.

Instead, we would suggest that you use a combination of your high school art project skills, and some design software, to create a poster that follows the guidelines, without breaking the bank. The following link shows an undergraduate research day by undergraduate students of Douglas College, in New Westminster, BC. Their posters are great examples of lower cost alternatives that make for great posters.

This would also be a good opportunity to review the data presentation guidelines in the Procedures and Guidelines manual.

Additional Software Options

PowerPoint Available to all UBC students for free, through Microsoft 365. UBC also has PowerPoint Poster Templates that you can use for inspiration.

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. This software is accessible using the Apple computers along the North wall of the Library during regular hours. This software is also accessible in SCI 128; the following times in SCI 128 are subject to change:

  • Monday 6:00am - 10:30am & 12:00pm onward
  • Tuesday 6:00am - 9:30am & 12:00pm onward
  • Wednesday 6:00am - 8:0am & 12:00pm onward
  • Thursday 6:00am - 9:30am & 12:00pm onward
  • Friday 6:00am - 9:30am & 12:00pm onward

Open-source alternatives include:

  • Canva It has a 30-day free trial template specifically, but lots of digital design options.
  • Inkscape An open-source alternative to Adobe products.
  • Biorender More of a cell and molecular biology tool, but it has some cool graphics and templates that might be helpful to you.