Are you looking to inform someone about an educational event or provide them with important educational information?
If so, creating an educational poster can be a great way to do it.
When done right, educational posters are eye-catching, informative, and help create a buzz about an event. But, if you’ve never created an educational poster before, it can be a little hard to figure out where to start.
Let’s take a look at the top five design tips to create the best educational posters.
1. Make It Easy to Read
If someone can’t read what a poster says from a distance, they’re likely not going to bother to come up close and read it.
Therefore, you need to make sure the poster is easy to read in order to draw people in.
But, don’t worry. They don’t need to be able to read every single detail from a distance.
Here’s how you the text should be organized for readability:
1. Headline: The headline makes up the largest textual element on the poster. You’ll want to choose a font that is readable, attention-grabbing, and interesting. Some people choose to incorporate the headline with an art element, while others choose to make the art element itself the headline.
2. Details: Details are the second level of text that will answer the who, what, where, when, and why. Generally, you’ll want the details to be half the size of the headline. However, some people choose to make details the same size as the headline and instead focus on creating contrast somewhere else.
3. The fine print: You may not need this on an educational poster, but if you do, keep it small.
2. Create Contrast
You really only have a few seconds to grab someone’s attention.
Creating high contrast on your poster can help you do this. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold, crazy colors. Or, consider contrasting dark colors with lighter ones.
Another great way to create contrast is to mix up the fonts. Consider putting quirky fonts next to more traditional fonts.
3. Consider Location
Taking a look at where you’re going to hang the poster can help you rule out a lot of design options. Are you going to be hanging it in the hallway or in the classroom?
If the walls where you’ll be hanging the poster are all green, for instance, you’ll probably want to avoid using green in your design.
The location will also let you know what dimensions you have to work with.
4. Use a Strong Image
While the text on the poster is important, the image is usually what initially grabs peoples’ attention.
Make sure the image you choose serves as the focal point, contrasts the text, and can be decipherable from a distance. For example, if the text reads “childcare center near me,” you could include an image of a playground.
5. Include a Call-to-Action
The goal of your educational poster is to get people to take action in some way or form.
Therefore, your poster needs to be clear about what you want people to do after they view it. If you want them to sign-up for an event, make sure you include information about where and when to sign-up.
Educational Posters: Wrap Up
We hope this post inspired you to get started on your educational poster today. If you have any questions about poster creation, please don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below.