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Advanced Display Board Design and Tips

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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

Buddy Board Front
Buddy Board Back

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

Focus on Professionals

Professional Layout

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

Help the Layman


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

Title Shadow

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


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

Don't Make Your Display Board Too Tall

Too Tall

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

Too Close to Floor

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


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