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Creating a Poster: Printing Vendors, Templates, and Design Tips


   Printing Vendors and Options

   NECO Poster Templates

   Effective Poster Design: Do's and Don'ts



   Printing Vendors and Options

Vendor Cost for Matte Paper 56" x 36" Cost for Fabric 56" x 36" Cost for Matte Paper 42" x 42" Cost for Fabric 42" x 42" Volume Discount? Shipping (Standard) Turnaround Time
Sir Speedy $90-100 Unknown $90-100 Unknown Yes, slight Free delivery Local; depends on project
Kendall Press $126 ($9/sq ft) $196 $110.25 $171.50 15+ posters: $7/sq ft; 20+ posters: $6/sq ft for paper; 10-20 posters: $10/sq ft for fabric Free delivery over $100 Local; depends on project
(used and recommended by a NECO faculty member)
$49.32 $122.88 $44.28 $109.02 n/a Free 2-5 business days
(used and recommended by a NECO faculty member)
$47.30 $109.79 $42.52 $97.32 Yes; click for more info About $10-15 depending on size/substrate; 6 business days Shipped same day if received by noon (Central) $96 $153 $84 $138 10% on 5+ posters Free; free 2nd-day shipping for 2+ posters Shipped same day if received by noon (Eastern) ~$66 (semi-gloss only) ~$115 ~$53 (semi-gloss only) ~$93 Only on shipping Next-day pickup at MASCO (375 Longwood Ave.); 3-day shipping $14 Can be picked up next day $79 $135 $69 $115 Yes; click for more info Free; 5 business days Shipped same day if received by noon (Pacific)
(see instructions from Academic Affairs)
n/a ~$20 n/a ~$40 Sometimes, with occasional promos $3 for 36"x56"; $6 for 42"x42" 7-10 days with standard shipping

All prices and information listed subject to change; please check respective vendors' websites for current information. Please note that this page is for information purposes only; the NECO Library staff are not responsible for posters that are not printed correctly.



   Effective Poster Design: Do's and Don'ts


   DO: Keep text to a minimum. Your colleagues have a lot of posters to read -- make yours as impactful as possible in the brief amount of time they will see it.


   DON'T: Be afraid of white space. It makes your poster easier to read.


   DO: Pare it down. The more you cram in, the less likely it is to be read, so edit out anything extraneous. Think of your poster as an illustrated abstract. Use bullet points.


   DON'T: Deviate from the NECO template colors and fonts.


   DO: Use the largest font size possible. 28+ for standard posters/24+ for Academy posters are ideal, but if you're using under 24 for standard posters/22.5 for Academy posters, and don't have a significant number of graphics, you have too many words.


   DO: Make it visually appealing. Graphics should take precedence over text. Make sure your graphics are appropriate for the scale of your poster: most small JPGs become pixelated when enlarged, so they should be a minimum of 200 dpi to begin with. Important: do not enlarge photos directly in PowerPoint. You can, however, create graphs and charts directly in PowerPoint, and they can be enlarged without loss of resolution.


   DO: View your poster at 100% or slightly higher within PowerPoint to ensure that your images are not pixelated (go to View > Zoom > 100%).


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