This is an excerpt from an in-depth article I ghostwrote for an online printing company. You can read the full version on their blog.
Great poster design is an art form unto itself. Through striking visuals, stark contrast, playful use of typography and clever wording, they frequently go beyond being mere promotional items and become bold expressions of creativity, evoking a strong response in viewers. So today we are going to talk about the individual elements which can elevate your poster design to award-winning new heights.
Bulk poster printing is a very cost-effective way for promoting your events, advertising your product, business or service and getting your message out. But to really stand out, your poster needs to be clear, grab attention and convey crucial information within seconds.
Design – Alexandra Sternin.
How can you achieve all this with one unified poster design? To explore how individual factors contribute to the finished product, we have compiled 10 top tips on how to stand out with great poster design. Following these basic principles will help you maximize the effectiveness of your posters.
Convey a clear message or idea
Retro Robot – Joel D. Poischen. The large visual grabs attention and the retro look illustrates the theme of retrospective.
Masterminds – Neil V Fernando. Event poster series.
Optimize for readability
Imagine Film Festival – Nick Liefhebber. Your poster needs to be legible at a distance and follow a clear hierarchy.
Be creative in composition but coherent in structure
Call to action poster – Lindsey Pashko. A very simple structure combined with a creative composition creates engagement.
Socialist Realism – Przemek Bizoń. Minimal variation for a series makes a poster easily recognizable.
Find the right balance
The Qontintent 2015 – Tarek Okbir & Antoine Collignon. This festival poster strikes a balance between post apocalyptic feeling and sunny, warm atmosphere. Notice the symmetry and willful imbalance: all visuals on top, all text at the bottom.
nemo? no mo’. – Sharon Forrence. Bold use of empty space is part of the concept here and puts focus on the main element.
Choose your size and format wisely
Punch-Drunk Love – Joel D. Poischen. Movie posters are usually vertical, so a horizontal approach can really stand out.
ABC TYPOGRAPHY – LowJinn.
Listen to Typography – Selman Hoşgör.
You’re 1 in a million – Movember Campaign – James Ring.
China VS. Chinatown (series) – Mengwen Xiang.
Know your audience
Poster for Autumn Jazz Season in Kyiv – Sergiy Maidukov.
Evoke a response
Give Peace a Chance – Agnes Eszter Sólymos.
Call to Action
Energy Awareness Month 2011. In many cases, a website is sufficient as CTA for your poster.
Even in our digital times of websites and apps, printed posters with great design are still an effective and efficient way of communicating your message and exposing your audience to your promotion.
The above is an excerpt. You can read the full version of the article on the Chilliprinting blog.