Guy Fawkes night is approaching and we’re so excited! Who doesn’t love a good bonfire, and what youngun’ can resist “oooing” and “aaaahhhing” to the pops and crackles of colourful fireworks!
If, like many of us, you’re planning a Guy Fawkes themed party, or fireworks display, banners are definitely a must-have, so we’ve put together our top tips for designing a killer bonfire banner…
TIP 1: KEEP THINGS SIMPLE!
Banners need to be simple. Their audience has just moments to read and understand the message, and they’re often partly obscured by bushes or passers by, or flapping around in the wind making whole swaths illegible.
Keep your design as simple as possible – include the key facts, and pop a website address on directing the viewer to more info. You should always try to include a background image, but if you can’t find anything suitable go for a nice coloured backdrop. The text on your banner should be simple, clear, and easily readable from a distance. Stick with a sans-serif font like Arial, and make sure you go for a colour which contrasts against the background well. This’ll make it stand out more.
You’ll probably want to go for dark colours for your fireworks-banner background, here’s some free firework themed background images. Keep your text either white or yellow.
TIP 2: CREATING YOUR BANNER ARTWORK
First off, remember the bleed! Double check your printers requirements before starting; you’ll find some printers need more than the usual 3mm bleed for banners. After your bleed, leave plenty of empty space – you don’t want your banner to look like anything’s falling off the edge, and it may be that you can’t tie it up straight when you mount it. We like to go for around 100mm.
Ask our printer if they need actual size artwork – some printers print banners at higher resolution do don’t need the banner ‘canvas’ to be laid out as large.
TIPI 3: CHOOSING THE RIGHT BANNER PRINTER
Banners are made from PVC. Their thickness is judged in gsm, and they usually start at around 540gsm. You might find thinner banners, but you’ll find the thicker the better – you don’t want your lovely new banner to rip in the wind!
The edges of your banner need to be folded over (the printers should do this) and stitched (hemmed). This adds extra strength to the fixing points which are usually metal eyelets. If you can afford the extra cost, get your printers to laminate the banner as this’ll add extra strength and make the colour appear more vibrantly.
Hope that helps – good luck with your bonfire banners!!