Techniques For Creating Show-Stopping Graphics
1. Make them stop and look
Graphics are used to create interest, focus attention and tell visitors about your product or service. In just three to five seconds, graphics should communicate who you are, what you do and how customers can benefit. Graphics are often the first impression an attendee has of an exhibitor at a trade show, so it is important to make the right statement.
2. Consider your show goals
Consider how to convey your show goals graphically. Aim to grab attention with full-blown, interesting and vibrant graphics. Make graphic images life-size for the greatest impact. Ensure your graphics can be viewed at a distance of 5- 15 feet/2-5 meters or more.
3. Project the right image
Understand what image you want to project: traditional, hi-tech, dependable, etc. Your company’s image will dictate choices in typefaces, artwork, color, etc.
4. Design for the audience
Design your graphics to your target audience. Focus on customer benefits. Use your graphics to show how your company differs from the competition. Design images to stimulate your viewer’s imagination to think beyond the conventional. Avoid designing down to particular audiences, e.g. white for doctors, diagrams for engineers. Convey technical information using good design principles and carefully planned graphics.
5. Use different types of graphics
There are a variety of graphic solutions available to convey your message including front and backlit photographs, digitally printed images, murals or detachable signage.
6. Have an integrated approach
Plan to use your graphics on other collateral material for a thematic, integrated look. For greater memorability, use color rather than black and white.
7. Use photographs
Attract more attention by using photographs instead of illustrations or other artwork. Photographs attract the eye first, are more believable and better remembered. When used, illustrations and other line art should be rendered in an easy-to-understand style. Tell a story with your pictorial elements.
Convey technical information using good design principles and carefully planned graphics.
8. Include special effects
Pull in your audience with graphics coupled with other effects. Attract attention with movement. Consider adding an LED message sign to your display or using 3-D imaging.
9. Limit copy
Limit the total amount of copy as people rarely spend time reading a mass of type on a graphic panel. Use simple language. Write copy in short sentences and keep your paragraphs short. Proofread the copy carefully. For final proofing,an impartial third party is the best way to catch errors.
Superlatives, or the "brag and boast" syndrome, clichés and overused metaphors, superimposing copy on your illustration, reversing out large amounts of copy (white type against a black background), periods at the end of headlines as they stop the reader from reading any further.