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Advanced Display Board Design and Tips

If you are working on a complex or very involved project you may need not only our normal Science Fair Project Display Boards guide, but also some of the advanced tips below.

A reminder: Read the rules for your event to make sure that your ideas for a display board, as well as our suggestions below, are allowed.

What To Do

Emphasize Your Most Important Points

Photo of an example summary posted on a buddy board

Photo a project summary posted on a buddy board (a 9 inch by 12 inch display that can be placed in front of a display board). The example summary uses spacing and bold text to highlight important facts about the summary and project.


The back side of a buddy board

Another way to emphasize information is to use a "buddy board." This is a small, but separate board.

Focus on Professionals

Photo of a display board with a title, three summaries and photos filling the entire bottom half of the board

Figures and graphs should be captioned similarly to a scientific journal.

Help the Layman

Photo of an example buddy board that explains complex scientific terms

Photo of a Layman's summary posted on a buddy board (a 9 inch by 12 inch display that can be placed in front of a display board). The Layman's summary uses pictures and descriptions to explain complex scientific terms used in the accompanying project.

A layman's summary, like this one, can be placed directly on your project display board or housed on a buddy board.

What Not To Do

Beware of Shadowing

Photo of a title board casting a shadow across the center of a display board

The title on this display board casts a shadow on the main information, making it hard to read.

Don't Build Your Display Like a Closet

Photo of a display board with the side panels perpendicular to the back board

The side panels on this display are too deep and too perpendicular to the back board.

Don't Make Your Display Board Too Tall

Photo of a very tall display board standing on a table

This display board towers over people's heads and is too tall to read the top sections.

Don't Make Your Display Board Too Low

Photo of a very tall display board standing on the ground

The photos and text at the bottom of this display board are too low to the ground for anyone to read comfortably.

Resources

For more information on how to make good science fair project display boards consult these resources:

Free science fair projects.