4-H Posters... What is the Judge Looking For?
Posted: July 10, 2012
We missed you at the poster workshop. 4-H posters provide an opportunity for members to communicate information about the 4-H project they are enrolled in. Keep in mind a good poster attracts attention, is simple and clear. Here are a few tips to making posters with impact:
¨ Keep your poster simple, make your title short and catchy.
¨ Focus on what was the most important thing you learned from the project.
¨ Leave white space — uncluttered posters are easier to read.
¨ Avoid bright colored poster board (fluorescents)…they catch your eye but are hard to read.
¨ Use pictures.
¨ Vary your letter style – try using gummed letters, cutout letters, stencils, plastic letters, etc.
¨ Border – A 1 inch white space around the entire poster or a border of fabric, special patterned paper (try wall paper, scrapbook papers, wrapping paper), yarn/rope, etc, be creative!
¨ Message – viewer should be able to get the message in 5 to 10 seconds, and only one idea/message per poster.
¨ Check your spelling and then check it again!
¨ Erase all pencil lines, remove excess glue.
¨ Horizontal words are easier to read than vertical ones.
¨ Make sure your letters are large enough to be seen.
Þ ¼ inch lettering – viewing distance 8 feet.
Þ ½ inch lettering – view distance 16 feet.
Þ 1 inch lettering – viewing distance of 32 feet.
¨ Color of lettering should contrast with background…dark letters on light background easiest to read.
¨ Limit colors on poster to two or three colors.
¨ Good color combinations:
Þ Black on Yellow or Yellow on Back
Þ Green on White
Þ Blue on White or White on Blue
Þ White on Red/Orange or Black
Þ Red on Yellow
¨ Make a “sloppy copy” on plain white paper to sketch out your design