50 Poster Layout Design Inspirations, Do’s and Don’ts

Heather Sakai
  • Sep 20, 2017
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You’ve been asking for tips on poster layout design and we’re here to help. Today, we’ll be using a sampling of inspiring posters to show you how to design your own. 

We hope you enjoy these tips and hope that they inspire you to design your own. Ready to go?

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Now, onto our Poster Layout Design Tips:

  • Do: Demonstrate one message clearly.
    Do Not: Make us stand in front of your poster scratching our head.
  • Do: Keep it simple, crisp and clean.
    Do Not: Fill the space just to fill the space.
  • Do: Give the poster a sense of balance through the use of color, graphics, and text.
    Don’t: Gather all of your elements on one side and leave us with a kink in our neck.
  • Do: Rank in order of importance (ie give information like time, date, venue visual hierarchy).
    Do Not: Make everything ALL ONE SIZE.
  • Or: Try a monochromatic theme instead.
  • Do: Be playful or use humor to provide an element of surprise.
    Don’t blur into the background. We want to remember your poster!

Other Suggestions – 

Do: Create depth and movement with your design elements if possible.

Do: Play with negative space.

Do: Explore using blocks of color or shapes to emphasize other elements of your poster.

Do: Use photography to emphasize your design when needed.

Do: Create a beautiful piece of artwork that people will want to keep and collect.

Do: Break the rules. We believe in you!

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About the Author, Heather Sakai

Heather Sakai

Heather Sakai is the Arsenal Manager here at Go Media, home of the world's best mockup templates, vectors, textures and other must-have design weaponry. She also serves as the Event Director at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. Heather is proud to work for the most passionate creative agency in the universe, the best in Cleveland Web Design, custom branding and print.

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