One of the most common mistakes is leaving out your acknowledgements. Remember to acknowledge your sources and contributors. (See the template for details).
Another common mistake is forgetting to label your data. If you have any charts, graphs, or images, you must give them a title and caption. See Displaying Data for instructions on how to do this.
It takes skill to summarize a complex topic without losing meaning or connections.
Since a poster must communicate concisely, you need to spend some time identifying your key points.
1. Decide what you need to communicate, and how.
a. What is your main message? What does your viewer need to know?
b. Identify the key points, always keeping your topic or task in mind.
c. Note the graphics you might need, such as photos, diagrams, graphs or charts.
2. Once you've decided on the main content, make a rough draft of the information you need.
3. Decide on the main title.
4. Academic posters need to show evidence of reading and research, so you must always include references.