UNIT 1 G10
We need to design a poster advertising Ms. Daykin’s X-Factor event. It needs to be eye-catching and
suitable for this specific event. My end-user is Ms. Daykin and its objective is to advertise the X-Factor in
our school. I will achieve my goals by doing thorough research using various sources before actually
starting to plan the poster.
This problem relates to me because this event is taking place in my school society and, by that, it makes
me a part of it.
It also affects my society because the event takes place there. Also, the poster will have to be eyecatching to inform the most people about this event.
Finally, it relates to the area of interaction of Human Ingenuity because publicity is a product of the
human brain and it is very intelligent.
Guiding questions for effective research:
Which components make an effective poster?
Which software is best to use for creating a poster?
What size should the poster be?
How is the poster made to be more effective?
How are existing posters structured?
How do professionals plan their posters?
Notes on existing poster:
First elements that catch attention are colours, big image and title. The most conspicuous colours are
yellow and orange mainly. These are orientated to orange and yellow to give the colour of a spark or
On the poster, there are written some information about the event of a comic convention. There are
also prizes for who arrives first to attract more people. It is eye-catching, but absolutely not simple. It is
too crowded. The sponsors of the event are trying to involve people in going to meet people or to get
I rate 3 stars out of five for communicating the information, but 2 for effectiveness. The good things of
the poster are that there is a big title, eye-catching image and colours.
My attempt to try to address the issue of this assessment is “How do you create an effective poster
following your end-users specifications?” I am going to try to answer it by splitting up this question into
several guiding questions to make my research easier. To answer them, I will have to consult various
resources such us notes on existing posters, information on the internet, on books and so on. I am also
going to have to learn certain skills such as using publisher by practicing to use it.
My goal is to try and make a poster that advertises, in the best way I can, Ms. Daykin’s X-Factor. It must
also meet every specification from my end-user (Ms. Daykin).
The target audiences for this school event are ISM families and friends. So, the poster must be strictly
designed for these audiences.
The major constraints (limits) are a few. Firstly, the copyright law forbids me to use the original X-Factor
logo. Second, time is not plenty and restricts us to do only the main things. Then, at school there are
only some softwares that I can use, so I can’t do the work as well as I could have.
Finally, the criterions that a good poster should meet are informative, eye-catching and entertaining. To
be informative, it must contain correct information approved by my end-user with appropriate images.
To be eye caching, it must contain captivating pictures and layout, as well as attractive colours.
You must not
not be more
original XFactor logo.
You must not
colour as a
The font must
You must not
It must not
than 20 and
half an A4.
The font of
the text must must include
must be an
the ISM logo. A3.
must be eye- must include
must have a
personal Xbe more
than 20 but
to the people.
less than 50
The aim of
The display of The poster
must be to
must be tidy
come to the
I have everything inside the “must and mustn’t” section so I have no wishes table.
Convert design specification into questions
Does the poster inform
thoroughly about the event?
Is the aim of the poster to
persuade people to come to
Is the font readable and
Is the poster eye-catching?
Is the poster tidy and clean?
Does the poster agree with
Ms. Daykin’s specifications?
Does the poster include only
images from a CC source?
Does the poster include
Does the poster include the
Does the poster include a
personal X-Factor logo?
Does the poster include
images and text?
Is the poster A3?
Is the font between 20 and
50 in size?
I think this test plan is pretty effective in doing its job at testing the finished poster. To make it better it
could include more things such as more colours.
Other tests could be a survey to the public or one to Ms. Daykin. They could be:
Do you think this poster is effective to advertise this event?
Does this poster respect the poster conventions?
Does this poster reflect Ms. Daykin’s desires?
How much do you like this poster from 1 to 10?
Would you think it is acceptable?
11th October 2013
I wrote up the text boxes
information about the event.
I created the X
for the title
I inserted the ISM logo under the
I inserted a photo of some
children singing from a previous
15th October 2013
I changed the x from the title
because I didn’t like the other one
I inserted a
photo of the
I inserted my name with my class
I added to this text box in which
grades you can participate to the