Since common poster sections can vary from discipline to discipline, you should take time to consider what is appropriate for your discipline by doing one of the following:
Two simple rules:
Since conference attendees will only view your poster for a short time, you need to keep your text to the bare minimum. Over the years, a number of guidelines have been developed for determining the appropriate amount of text for a poster:
There is no set rule as far as using bullet points or paragraphs. Some believe using bullet points permits more brevity than writing in paragraphs. If you choose to write in paragraphs, a good rule of thumb is to have no more than 40 characters per line and 4 to 5 lines per paragraph.
You should develop all text in a word processor before adding it to the poster document. Not only is it easier to type up, but reviewing the text for errors is far easier in a word processor than in the application you are using to create the poster.
Due to limited poster space and the common desire to keep text to a minimum, poster creators often try to pack each chart and graph with as much information as possible. However, the more complex a chart or graph becomes, the more difficulty the attendee passing by will have in determining what it all means. That's why poster presenters often recommend keeping your graphics simple, only displaying one main point per graphic.