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Math and CS Poster Printing

The department has a wide-format printer capable of printing posters up to 42" wide. However, we have adopted a standard of 36" x 48" posters, and do not stock wider paper.

We only print posters for the department, or for research associated with the department. (E.g., Clinic and thesis posters, research posters for math faculty and students.) Other users can have posters printed by the engineering department, the Copy Center at the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Pomona College's Duplicating Services, or by a commercial vendor.

Creating Good Posters

Before you start, please read about creating good posters, which will give you some insight into what we're expecting (and what will make the lives of the people doing the printing easier) as well as some links to other good resources. Using our templates will help you with most of the tricky bits.

If you can only stand to hear one piece of advice, it should be

Start early. Get your poster in to be printed as soon as you can.

It takes between 30 and 45 minutes just to print a poster, so turning it at 4:45 PM the day before you need it is not going to make us happy. It's also not going to give you any room to fix problems if the poster doesn't print the way you expected it.

Naming Your Poster File

Please give your submitted file a meaningful name. It's difficult to keep track of a half-dozen posters with names like poster.pdf, Poster.pdf, my-poster.pdf, and so on. (For added fun, Mac OS X has a case-insensitive file system, so Poster.pdf and poster.pdf are the same file.

Ideally, you'd give your poster a name like 2015-firstname_lastname-summer_research_poster.pdf. For thesis and Clinic students, we have specific filenaming rules—see the appropriate handbook for details and example.

The Template Files

The following template files can be used to create posters for math and computer science Clinic and thesis projects. We highly recommend the use of the LaTeX document class and template file, as this method creates posters that print very reliably.

We also support the use of Apple's Pages for designing posters. Other applications that can read ppt or PDF files may also work, but there are no guarantees.

In particular, note that creating a poster using screen-based applications such as PowerPoint or Keynote may result in color shifts when printed on our CMYK-based printer. PowerPoint often gives us additional problems in terms of actually getting the poster to print, including issues with posters created on Windows where some images do not print correctly. For this reason, we strongly discourage you to even consider using PowerPoint.

LaTeX Class

For fans of LaTeX, we also have a LaTeX poster class that you can use.

Pages Template File

Download poster-template.template (1.5 MB). Once you have it, opening it will create a new poster file with the layout and typography preset.

Using the Templates

We suggest you create a separate directory for your poster work, especially if you're using the LaTeX template, where typesetting generates various auxiliary and log files.

Logo Images

Harvey Mudd College

Official HMC logotypes can be downloaded from the college's Visual Identity Guidelines page on the Communications and Marketing site.

Corporate or Other Institutional Logos

You should use the highest-resolution vector file (e.g., PDF, EPS) you can find. If you're working on a Clinic project, ask your sponsor for a logo file. If you want to include a logo for another institution or funding source, try to track one down. Most institutions will have visual-identity guidelines and logo files, although you may have to search around or ask someone to help you find them.

If you can't find or otherwise obtain a vector version of the logo, a high-resolution bitmap (600 dpi minimum) will work.

Don't take an image off the web—chances are it's very low resolution (72–100 dpi), and will appear blurred or pixelated when printed at larger sizes.