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The Poster was one of the earliest forms of advertisement and began to develop as a medium
for visual communication in the early 19th century.

They influenced the development of typography because they required larger type
to be produced so you could read the design from a distance.

The poster quickly spread around the world and became a staple of the graphic design trade.
Many artists as well, such as Henry Toulouse-Lautrec and Henry van de Velde, created posters.

They were used to promote various political parties, recruit soldiers, advertise products and spread ideas to the general public. The artists of the international typographic style of design believed that it was the most effective tool for communication and their contributions to the field of design arose from the effort to perfect the poster.

Even with the popularity of the internet posters are still being created every single day for all sorts of reasons.

Poster Specifications
  • What: What is the event?
  • Sub-Heading: Include a catchy phrase to entice the viewer
  • When: The Date of the
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  • Where: Location of the event

Size: 10 x 16 | 200 dpi

Objectives: (students will learn)
Rubric: Use the attached rubric to help with your design
  • Examples and purpose of event posters
  • Design as inquiry process
  • Graphic Design techniques using Photoshop
  • Visual Literacy and Communication


  1. Research poster designs from the resources below.
    Take note of the creative decisions the designer made in creating the work, including color, text and image627b86c1044245158263a0042164d6aa.jpg
  2. Fill out the Event poster worksheet.
    Make informed decisions about your design and who you are trying to reach.
  3. Examine the project rubric. Understand what qualities you need to do your best design.
  4. Create three thumbnail sketches for approval.
  5. Collect images, consider sources other than the internet
  6. Begin the final design in Photoshop
How to design a poster: 10 pro tips

Design Mag: 34 Awesome Poster Designs

Design Is History: The Development of the Poster

Design your Way: Excellent posters from the Design World

UPrintingblog: 15 Creative Event Poster Design Samples

Henri Taulouse-Lautrec: Painter, Designer, Artist