Apr 30, 2012

Order a Poster by Purchase Order (PO)

Some of our customers were asking whether they can order a poster from us by using the Purchase Order (PO) issued by their research grants or companies.  Yes, paying by PO is one of the payment options in our website, and at the moment, more than 10 schools have already set up their PO to include our service.

We have made it very easy to input your PO information in the following 2 steps.

Step 1: While checking out, click Use Purchase Order to switch to the mode of paying by PO.

Step 2: Enter PO# and Company/School Name to complete the order.

* To setup a PO agreement between your school/company and PosterSmith.com, please have your administrator contact us at: service@postersmith.com or call us at: 617-383-7772.

Apr 25, 2012

Caring for Your Fabric Poster

Using a fabric poster is a new experience for many of our customers. Please refer to the following tips on how to relieve and avoid creases on our fabric posters.
  • When soft creases occur, you can hang your poster to smooth out the slight crease marks.
  • When deeper creases occur, you can pin your poster on the presentation board to apply tension. With our latest development of fabric material, iron is not recommended. Just apply normal pressure to your poster, and the creases will smooth out.
  • When traveling with your fabric poster, you can fold it lightly to avoid the formation of sharp creases that will take longer to recover. We suggest transporting your fabric poster in a hard box to avoid the sharp creases.

Apr 23, 2012

Poster Sizes that We Can Print for You

Choose one of the options below for your poster size.  We can print posters any size up to 60 x 240 inches.

Can't find the size that you want? Contact us to see what we can do!

Apr 7, 2012

Font Type and Font Size of Your Poster

One of our customers asked us for suggestions about the types of fonts and sizes.  As a general reference to begin with, a 100 point font is about an inch high when printed into poster.

First of all, we want to introduce to you the idea of Generic Font Family.  A generic font family is a group of font families with a similar look.  There are five generic font families defined in today's web technology: serif, sans-serif, cursive, fantasy, and monospace.  While serif fonts have small lines at the ends on some characters, sans-serif fonts (where "sans" means without) do not have the lines at the ends of characters.  For the purpose of research poster design, we recommend using only serif and sans-serif fonts.

Verdana      vs.    Garamond
        (san-serif)               (serif)

For the title, consider using a large, bold san-serif font, such as Arial Black, Fanklin Gothic Heavy, Tahoma, Trebuchet, or Verdana.  Make the font size between 72-120 points.

For the subtitles (authors' name, school name, etc.), use the same font as your title but make the font size smaller than the title.  A font size between 48-80 points usually work best.

For the section headers (abstract, introduction, results, etc.), use the same font as your title and subtitle.  Make the font size approximately 50% larger than the body text, betwee, 36-72 points.  Make sure that all section headers are the same font size.

For the body text choose a serif type that is very readable, like Garamond, Book Antigua or Bookman Old Style.  Make the font size between 24-48 points.  Make sure that the body text is the same font throughout the entire posters.

DO NOT USE ALL CAPITAL for any portion of your poster.  It is harder to read and it looks like you are shouting.  Finally, use familiar fonts so that it will be easier for your audience to read.