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5 Tips For Better Poster Design

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Posters are one of the best ways to promote something – be it an event, product or business. Since the dawn of printing, poster design has represented the easiest way to let people know of something and is still used today because of its continued success rate in getting the information out there. To a certain extent, the internet and social media has taken over but there is still a huge marketplace for poster designs. So if you wanted to create a poster design for your event, how would you go about it? We’re going to run through the top 5 tips for ensuring your poster makes the biggest impact, and consequently get you the most ROI. Continue reading 5 Tips For Better Poster Design

Understanding Typography in Poster Design

Typographic Poster Design

Typography as art is an inspired concept. Typography, put simply, is the technique of arranging type in order to make language visible. However, experimenting with various possible text styles are what great designers do in the design industry. And typography is one great example where the power of imagination in experimenting is an advantage.

Using typography in poster design can greatly add to its artistic appeal.  Since posters are meant to be both eye catching and informative, using typography to meld words and images into riveting forms, is a guaranteed way to grab attention. In fact, a lot of designers today are playing with the art of typography in their creations. All over the creative space, it’s more popular than ever, having a retro-come-futuristic feel, depending on the fonts and style used.

NeueGraphic Poster DesignGood typography takes expertise: choosing the best type to complement the meaning of the content, balancing sizes and spacing for optimum readability, and not drawing attention to itself in the process. The art of the typeface, from the typographer who creates them down to the designer who meticulously meddles with settings to get them just right in their designs — from the size to the letter spacing to the line length — is a complicated one. So, it’s necessary to appreciate it as a complex and ingenious form of art.

Now designers and artists are increasingly taking typography a step further, blurring the lines between words and pictures. There are several different types of typographic art, the main three forms being: phrases, usually aphorisms, maxims or quotes, displayed in a typographic style intended to be visually appealing; single words highly decorated to amplify their meaning; and images created from words or phrases which have some direct relation to the subject of the image.

Typographic Poster ExampleIt’s no surprise that typography has gained such appeal. Images have provided a means of communication for thousands of years; from prehistoric cave paintings created before language, to the symbolism of renaissance art at a time when most ordinary people could not read; to the discreet signs hobos leave for each other to signify danger or assistance.

In the modern world, however, most of us expect to get our information in written form, from the web, books, newspapers and so on. Only a minority of people know how to read the works of renaissance painters now, but most of us in the western world can read the written explanations of those paintings. And yet, images still have a greater impact.

Imagery is an incredibly democratic form of communication; you don’t need to be a gifted wordsmith to communicate simple ideas and with the advent of digital cameras and software like Adobe Photoshop anyone can make use of a powerful image. Using words to make these images could be seen as a modern, digital counterpoint to symbolism in art, providing a literal meaning for images connected with ideas they do not figuratively represent.

When we want to make an impact, to get the message across, we always use images over words. Images transcend words, they are a universal language, and they carry with them an immediacy that is hard to ignore. The language barrier can interfere with typographic poster designs in some cases so this is something designers need to be aware of.

Typography Poster PrintTypography has always been part of designing. Hence, there are people who make use of it in a truly artistic way not just considering aesthetics but also making sure that an important message is being conveyed. No doubt, typography as an art is effective and is also appealing to the audience. That is why, through the years, it has been used by many designers in various ways and has found its place in poster design as well.

The creative manner of using type has inspired many designers to explore and discover ways in using type for their designs. Some people might not be able to appreciate it but as one looks deeper into their works; you will come to realize that typography is more than just type. In fact, typography, if creatively used can turn a poster into a true piece of art.

 

For further information on typesetting and its history see the Wikipedia reference.

What exactly is a poster?

The term ‘poster’ can sometimes be confused with other printed forms so let’s begin with defining exactly what a poster is from a design and aesthetic point of view.

When creating a large design it is often printed for display purposes and hung on a wall, either on it’s own or framed. Technically this is a poster. A design created for displaying information or imagery. But posters come in many forms and have many uses so let’s look at a few of them.

Information Posters

These are used to display useful information for customers, visitors or colleagues in the retail, business or corporate sectors. It could be a ‘SALE!’ poster in a shop, a map in a visitor centre or even a safety poster. These kind of posters are used to guide people and tend to have clear typography, icons and images. They need to be able to be read quickly and without confusion.

Art Posters

A great way to add artwork to your walls on the cheap is using art posters. They come in various print sizes and are available all over the internet and in art galleries around the world. They are print reproductions of original art and can be from paintings, photographs or digital art. The great thing about poster art is that they are great value and can be ready to hang or framed suitably to enhance the image.

Collage Posters

These are a great way to convey multiple pictures across a single poster. Typically you will find them in the home with a collection of family photographs put together into either a blended montage or a mocked-up pile of photo prints.

Over the coming weeks we will be focussing on other styles of poster such as vintage posters, iconic designs wartime posters. We will also be producing some easy to follow guides on how to make your own posters, where the best places to buy them are, and show you some really incredible poster design that will inspire your mind and make you want to delve deeper into the world of design, art and poster themes.