ELEMENTS OF DESIGN ON A POSTER OR PAMPHLET
A research project may be presented as a poster or pamphlet,
but it may not be a hodge-podge collection of papers
copied from the internet and pasted onto a background.
Follow these steps to ensure success:
1. FIND OUT IF YOUR PROJECT MUST BE DONE INDEPENDENTLY OR WHETHER YOU MAY HAVE A PARTNER.
2. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC.
3. COLLECT FACTS.
__ use at least 3 sources of information and collect at least 50 facts
__ record your sources of information in a bibliography
4. ANALYZE YOUR FACTS.
__ decide how to group your facts into subtopics
__ look at your subtopics and decide upon a main idea and a mood for your project; it might be to show all the amazing facts about a particular country or continent, it might be to persuade viewers to exercise, it might be to share the joy of reading
__ discard all the facts that don’t fit into your main idea or suit your mood
5. DECIDE HOW TO PRESENT YOUR INFORMATION.
__ decide whether you will print by hand, use a computer printer or use a combination of ways to present information
__ consider all the guidelines at the bottom of this page
__ make some sketches to help you plan your final product
__ consider how much time it will take to produce your poster or pamphlet and make a schedule that ensures you finish your project before your deadline
6. GATHER ALL YOUR MATERIALS
__ paper and cardboard
__ pens, pencils, scissors, ruler, felt markers, paints, etc.
7. GET TO WORK!
GUIDELINES FOR POSTERS AND PAMPHLETS
A. Arrangement on the page
1. Have a border around the edge.
This may be empty space, a simple line, or a design.
2. Have the pieces on the poster or pamphlet closer to each other than to the edge.
The width of the border should not be narrower than the spaces
between the pieces on your poster.
3. Have the pieces evenly weighed on the poster or pamphlet.
If you have a rectangle on the left, you could have one on the right.
Plan the size and placement of your pieces before you make good copies.
4. Make sure any unusually-shaped piece is placed to attract attention.
5. Choose a ‘centre of attention’ and make sure all your other pieces ‘face’ it.
6. Think about ‘flow’ as you arrange your pieces. Don’t have drawings looking
off your poster or pamphlet but instead face the direction you want your viewers
7. Avoid empty space. Make your project smaller if necessary but don’t have
more empty space than information or drawings.
1. Have a plan for the colour you use. Make sure that the colours are also
balanced on your project.
2. Make sure your centre of attention has the most eye-catching colour.
3. Make sure your colour choice matches your topic.
1. Be neat!!!
2. Think about size as you think about the importance of your pieces. The
most important parts should have the largest lettering.
3. Try to make the style of your lettering match your topic.
4. Make sure your lettering is large enough that it is easy to read.
D. Your name
1. It needs to be on your project.
2. It shouldn’t attract attention due to it’s size, position or colour.
[This page may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided: ©2010 Sophie Rosen.]