Making Student Council Posters
Student council posters are an essential component of your campaign if you hope to get elected. There are many things you need to do to get elected, but never underestimate the value of a good poster. Even though we live in the era of social media, companies are still using good old signage. Why is that? Because, believe it or not, it works.
Even though we are at constant risk for bumping into each other on the street because we are looking at our phones, people do look up occasionally. The more we walk past something, the more we will notice everything in our surroundings. Use this to your advantage, and place your student council posters strategically. But wait! Do you even have a poster design? No, Then this article is for you. Here, we will cover everything including the overall concept, materials, visuals, slogans, how to position yourself, how to print them, and where to place them.
Step #1: Concept for your student council posters
Before you start work on your student council posters, you need to know what you are doing. Without a creative concept to work from, you will just be putting together something blindly. Chances are that it will be neither pretty nor convincing. Furthermore, without a creative concept, you will not know what materials you need. So grab a pen and a pad, and create a mind map. If you are stuck, there are plenty of websites online where you can find inspiration. There are also places where you can choose from a number of already generated templates. Once you have generated some ideas, sketch out a rough draft of what your poster could look like. Make several drafts if need be, and select the best one.
Step #2: Materials for your student council posters
Now that you have your creative concept in place, and a rough draft to work from, you need materials. The materials you need for your student council posters depend on what you have come up with in Step #1. Regardless of your concept, you will need paper or poster board. Figure out what the best strategy will be for placing your posters. Do you want a few big posters placed around the school strategically? Or would it be better with a larger number of smaller posters placed all around the school? Next, you need to determine how to decorate the poster. If you have an artistic streak, you can go for colored markers or paint brushes. If you’re good with Photoshop, then you can create your design with that. If you want to go the professional route and have the budget, check out Gator Board Printing.
Step #3: Visuals for your student council posters
In step one, you will already have generated a good idea of what your student council posters will look like. However, it is good to take some time to find out what the best color scheme will be. Pay attention to marketing and advertising campaigns. You will know that bright colors and strong contrasts catch the eye. Often, simplicity is also key to creating something memorable. Many people try to cram all their ideas into their poster. Do not do this. Be ruthless, and separate the wheat from the chaff. Only include the very best ideas, images, and text. Make sure that your visuals stand out from the crowd.
Step #4: Put yourself in the center of your student council posters
The purpose of your student council posters is to get you elected. Needless to say, you need to be at the center of your posters. Not literally, but figuratively. Your posters need to convey who you are, what you believe, and what you are going to do. Let people know what you are running for, why you are running, and why they should vote for you. You will want to include your name and a picture of yourself, as your fellow student will want to see who they are voting for. The picture of you does not need to make you look like a supermodel. You just need to look friendly, approachable, and competent. Again, there are articles explaining how you come across as all these things. Use the resources available to you.
Step #5: Slogan for your student council posters
Hate him or love him, but President Trump has mastered this step. Does “Make America Great Again”, “Build That Wall”, and “Drain The Swamp” sound familiar? That is because they are, for better or worse, really catchy slogans. They are short, they are memorable, and they are descriptive. They evoke imagery and emotion in people. Writing “Vote For Me” on your student council posters will not get you elected. You want the slogan to reflect what makes you special, what makes your campaign issue important, and what you plan to do about it.
As a rule of thumb, it is generally more effective to have a positive message than a negative one. Unless your core issue relates to a negative issue or person, avoid basing your slogan on negativity. Even if you really dislike the current student counselor and their policies, try to put a positive spin on it. Do not just remind people of why the current state of affairs is bad. Make people imagine what your school could be like if you were elected. Appeal to their hopes and dreams, and inspire them to be ambitious.
Step #6: Put it all together
Now that you have a concept, materials, visuals, personal references, and a slogan, it is time to assemble all the parts. This is the point where you put together a model for your student council posters. See it as a final editing phase. Ask yourself crucial questions. Does everything fit onto the poster? Do you need to have a simpler poster with fewer elements? If you have decided to make a big version and a small version, maybe narrow down the number of elements on the small version. Once you have put everything together, get some second opinions. Ask your family, friends, and fellow students what they think. If you have more than one version, ask them which one they prefer. Make a note of all their suggestions, and incorporate them into your poster.
Step #7: Print the final version of your student council posters
Congratulations, you now have the final version and you are ready to start printing out your student council posters. You are ready to mass produce them. If you have taken an artistic approach and used pencils or pain, you will need a color photocopier. If your school does not have one, scan the poster and find a reliable printer who can print the posters for you. On the other hand, if you have designed the poster in Photoshop, the process of printing them is a bit easier. You may also want to consider printing your design on vinyl stickers and handing them out around campus.
Step #8: Research poster placement
Your school might have rules for where you can place your student council posters. It would be a shame to put them up just for them to be taken down by the administration. In this case, it is better to ask for permission than for forgiveness. Find out if there are rules, and what they are. Your teachers, the janitors, and the school administrators will know. Placement of your poster is also crucial to ensuring that it will actually be seen.
Step #9: Post your student council posters
Now that everything is in place, you need to actually post your student council posters. Depending on how many you have printed and how much time you have, you might want to enlist some help. Many hands make light work, so ask your friends to help you out. At this point you will also have a digital copy of your poster, so make sure to share it on social media for maximum exposure.
Step #10: Keep an eye on your campaign
Despite your best efforts to place your student council posters strategically, they might not all be in ideal places. Keep an eye on how many people pass by them, and do not be afraid to ask people for their opinion. Make sure you have extra posters left over as replacements in case some of them get taken down. Your work is not done until the campaign is over completely. Take it from someone who has run a campaign and won. Once the campaign is over, remember to take down the posters and recycle them.
Need more guidance?
If you are still not sure how to come up with your concept, have a look at Political Posters that Wow Us for inspiration. Already know what you want to do, but you do not have access to Photoshop? No worries, we have made a list of The Best Free Graphic Design Software. Getting to work can be difficult if you are not sure how to actually operate those programs. That is why we have put together a guide on “How To Learn Graphic Design?”. Now you have all the tools needed to make your student council posters. What are you waiting for?
Oh yeah, the printing part…
As mentioned, you might not have access to a printer or photocopier. Fortunately, we do. As you will see on our website, we have a lot of experience with printing political campaign posters. If you are looking for something more grandiose, we can also accommodate that. Have a look at some of the large posters we have done for other clients. Good luck with your campaign, and give us a shout if we can help!
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