Personally, I think, we can do prettier. If we have a proper template that lays it out nicely, we just have to fill the gaps. In my view. This is something that can be automated. What I would like to have is a website where I can enter the number of the topics or the links to these, choose the design and the posters come out, ready to print. This way, we do not loose time if an event gets announced but can just get the posters out for announcing them.
This is all nice to have. It serves a purpose and don’t be blocked by me feedback. You asked and here is an answer:
a matter of inclusion for me: QR-Code always with human readable URL
The gray in the image is not part of our palette. It could be white, not introducing a new colour.
Then center and left alignment have any relationship to structure of the content, if “At the makerspace” is aligned left.
Do not mix fonts and font sizes. I recomment the Ubuntu font by the way! You can install it.
I like that the QR-code right aligns with the text. It is not aligned to the bottom.
What are the legal requirements for leaflets? Identification of person or something?
Choose a distance from the image and do not violate it. Writing is too close at its bottom.
Soft start and social evening work against each other partially: When people arrive new to the space, it is hard for them to get into contact with all other people if these are busy and have projects. If the focus is on together, then we start together or at least end together or have a break together. An on-the-fly intro does not yield the same connection fruit. If the focus is on projects, there is a higher hurdle to cooperate/socialize. So this needs consideration to balance both.
Without intention to offend or put people in boxes, being from the CCC/nerd/hacker scene: For nerds a project evening is a social evening. Not for non-nerds. The writing on the poster does not contradict my hunch that this pattern applies to the target audience. Everyone who is not a nerd may find a subtle tension here. That is why I voice it. #paradigm I might be wrong with this but it is good to talk about it.
Site note: I hear a judgement in my head from my parents: “Nobody speaks like that!”
For the poster template that we have: Nobody here is a designer [for posters]! If we want arts people, people who like beauty over functionality, we do not invite them with plain posters partitioned by text size without consideration for basic design rules. Could you answer which template you like?
Thanks Nicco, very thorough! I’ll answer the most pertinent:
Missing the separator marks it as 24-hour time rather than 12-hour. While not universal, it is widely taught in this country and is slowly becoming the international standard
Agreed, will add a URL. Is there a way to join without a direct invite?
It’s not grey, it’s off-white XD I’ll consider changing it, but it’s making reference to 50s diners/informality
Fonts and sizes can be mixed, the Graphic Designer rule of thumb is no more than three in one place. This is all Gill Sans, there are three sizes of it for emphasis/attention
Agreed on alignment/spacing, I have adjusted
I am flexible on how these sessions develop. However I don’t want people to feel like they need to rush here for a precise start time after a long week at work. I’m hoping to create a (non-boozy) pub atmosphere that is relaxed and insisting on participants being there for the whole session would be counter-productive.
Agreed on project lingo, have tweaked that to be more general.
With regards to attracting arty people, they don’t need to be our only target audience! And as you have said, hopefully doing something less than perfect will attract someone who can do it better