Top design and layout tips

Top design and layout tips

Here's a list of top layout tips for designing logos, posters, brochures and leaflets.

Logo design

  • Be inspired; research other logos, analyse what works and what doesn't.
  • Keep it simple, your logo should sum up the key message of your day out and can include graphics and/or text.
  • Remember to include the name of your area in your logo.
  • Keep colours and text to a minimum.
  • Use a minimum of two fonts.
  • Think about how your logo will be used in your publicity material, make sure it doesn't distract from the rest of the information on the page.
  • Experiment with different layouts, try sketching some of the activities or places that feature in your itinerary.

Bangor Logo Explanation

Branding

  • All promotional material should reflect the brand identity of your day out and should therefore include your logo and/or slogan.

Posters and leaflets are used to deliver information in different ways:

  • Posters are used to deliver information quickly and from a distance. The information needs to be clear and easy to understand by a casual passer-by.
  • Leaflets and brochures are used to provide more detailed information. The front cover should be attractive, to encourage a passer-by to pick it up. Inside the information should be clear and easy to understand.

Grids:

  • Professional designers use grids to layout their print material. Grids are used to line up text and images, which makes the information neater and easier to read.

Grid

Target Audience:

  • Remember your target audience. Your choice of text, image and layout should appeal to 9-11 year olds.

Text & images:

  • Use the text and graphics to reflect the fun elements of your day out. Be selective. Narrow your choice of text and graphics otherwise you will confuse your audience with too much information. We used images rather than text to highlight the fun activities in Bangor.

Text:

  • Remember to check your spelling and punctuation.
  • They're shouldn’t be too much text on a poster, if you want to use a lot of text, think about making a leaflet or brochure instead. Your sentences should be short and snappy. If you have a long list of items, try using bullet points.

Font Style:

  • Think about the font you're going to use. Fonts can be used to add meaning or improve the message of the words. You can use fonts to reflect the theme of your day out. Experiment with different fonts but remember you must be able to read it.

Font Size:

  • Remember larger = more important. Use font size to reflect the importance of the text. The more important the text, the larger the font so the largest font size should be used for the title.

Graphics:

  • Remember larger = more important. The biggest image will be the most eye-catching. It should be the most interesting or important activity or destination. For our poster, we chose the image of the swans as it's an activity that's unique to Bangor.

Plan:

  • Before you start, work out what you want the poster or leaflet to tell people. Then think about how you are going to say it; will you use text or an image or both? Draw out a rough layout.

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