Best Tips To Design Posters for Your College Events

Designing a poster for a college event is a challenging task, as someone who has done it for 4 years in my own college life, I think i can give you a fair view on the topic. I’ll go ahead and assume that you’re asking about a digital poster and not the handmade poster. Even handmade posters can be made using the same design rules.

There are some things to be considered first :


It depends on who you ask, but all of my seniors, myself, and my juniors used Photoshop to design our poster, partly because it’s such a powerful piece of software. It’s a little difficult to get the hang of, but once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you should be able to create a decent poster. However, make sure to use the most recent version (I believe it’s CS6).

There are some things to be considered first :

The Nature of the Event

You must first consider the overall feel of the poster. Is it a poster for a cultural event, a technology event, a quiz, a seminar, or a workshop? The appearance of the poster should indicate the type of event it is intended for. A fresher’s night poster should be eye-catching, with bright colors and people in the background. A Robotics seminar will be more technical in nature.


By look, I don’t mean the design, but rather the poster’s distant appearance; only if the student finds your poster interesting enough to look at from a distance will they come and examine the details. We used to make two kinds of posters: one that said “coming soon” and one that said “main.” 


The coming soon poster will simply display the type of event as well as some details. You use it to generate excitement about your event. The main poster is released about a month before the event, or a day or two before registration opens so that people can see it and decide whether or not to attend. You can always push yourself a little further.


 I’ve seen a lot of posters and can tell you from personal experience that unless you have prior experience in poster making, just copy the basic layout of a poster from the internet. Nobody cares if you copied the poster design or not; you’re a student, not an artist. When you have gained sufficient knowledge and experience, you can begin designing your own poster. Also, try a modern minimalist or abstract design; they attract a lot of attention. Please see point #2.



Now comes the actual text on the poster; always, and I mean always, try to be graphical, using as many icons and pictures as possible instead of just typing text on the poster. When you have to type text on the poster, try to get the colour combination right. Use colours that have a contrasting effect, such as white text with a black outline. Try to use as few font types as possible. A poster should use no more than three or four different fonts.

Actual Print Look: 

In my experience, the college posters that you have designed on your computer display and the print that comes vary a lot. As a result, always make your decision after reviewing the printout. Only after you’ve seen the printout can you determine whether or not the poster is good. It could be because of your computer’s glossy display or the type of ink your shopkeeper uses to print.

Finally, when you’re finished with the poster, stand back about 10 feet and look at the printout. As long as you and your friends (I always asked people who had no design or painting idea whatsoever to get a common man’s perspective) agree to go look at it,



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