Signs & Posters

Design Signs & Posters
AdvancedThe Printed Word


Line printing is an easy and effective way to create bold and clear signs and posters. It is also a great way to practice the many skills and concepts involved in letter formation and writing.



Let’s take a look at some well-known signs. How can you tell if a sign or poster is effective?

Ask yourself:

  • What is the message?
  • Is the message clear? Can I “read” it easily?
  • Do the other art elements – lines, shapes, colors – add to or enhance the message? How?
  • If they detract from the message, ask yourself, why?

Photograph some signs or cut signs or simple advertisements from magazines, the newspaper, or print signs and posters from the internet. Look around your living space for posters and signs to analyze.

During the Covid-19 pandemic when everyone was home, I worked with my grandchildren and teachers who live nearby. I asked them to think of a message before coming to print.

In my driveway I set up collapsed boxes as large work surfaces. I taped newspaper and sheets of large paper to the cardboard with masking tape to keep it from blowing away in the wind. It worked really well.

When everyone arrived we brainstormed more messages before deciding what to print;

Black Lives Matter, #BLM, Las Vidas Negras Importan, Wear a Mask, Masks are Cool, Be Happy with What You Have, Keep Trying – Don’t Stop, Think of Your Karma, Don’t Waste, Don’t Waste Water…



Share & Reflect

Practice printing on newsprint or practice paper.

Then, take a critical look at your work with a friend. Figure out how to improve. Print again.

Here you see a third-grader correcting the spacing and the reversal of the letter “d” on his election poster.

Variations & Extensions