Ideas for Creative Poster Boards

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Ideas for Creative Poster Boards
Posters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. (flower cutouts poster image by robert mobley from

Displayed in classroom presentations and corporate exhibits, poster boards become the substrate for topics as diverse as "Little House on the Prairie" and company business plans. With thought and planning, your poster-board display can stand out from the others. Always use top-quality poster board. The more expensive board stands up straight instead of flopping over. Also, be creative in displaying your information.

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Create an intriguing, eye-catching background for your poster-board information. Instead of buying white poster board, buy a colour that relates to your topic. For example, if your topic is celestial or planetary, pick black or dark blue for the background. Add texture, shape and colour to the background. Use a sponge or a piece of sponge to dab a complementary colour across your poster before applying words or images.


A well-thought-out border adds focus and attractiveness to a poster display. The border can be textured, using ribbon, fabric or lightweight rope. Alternatively, the border could be made from a series of images that reflect the topic. For example, if the poster was about an organisation that manages rivers, the border could be a series of two-inch photos of different rivers. Or, if the topic were a book, the border could reflect the location or period of the book.


Instead of staying with the rectangular shape of a poster board, cut the board into a shape reflecting the topic. For example, if your topic is weather, the poster could be cut into the shape of a cloud. If the topic is a state, cut the poster board into an outline of the state's shape. For a poster about oceans, cut the poster into the shape of a fish or a whale. If you don't want to cut and shape the poster, cut background shapes for each of your photos and words in shapes that reflect your topic.


Most people place information on their poster boards in a linear way. Change it up by designing your poster with intentional asymmetry. Instead of placing three equal chunks of information in a line next to each other, put the information on a diagonal. Place photos off-centre, or put titles along the side of the poster instead of at the top. But for asymmetry to look attractive instead of sloppy, you still need the board to look balanced.

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