Saturday, November 6, 2010

Call for Poster Designs Untitled's Winter Show 2010: Deadline: Nov 17

Call for Poster Designs

Untitled's Winter Show 2010: FROZEN STIFF
DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 7:30pm at the weekly meeting. DESIGNER TASKS: see below

Do you want to design the poster for the next Untitled show? Here’s how it works…

Before each show, artists bring posters to a meeting and those who attend the meeting vote for the design they like the most.
The chosen poster design will be printed and distributed/hung all over town as well as posted on the internet as the official poster for the show, including the Untitled website, social networking sites, in numerous emails, press releases, show invites and wherever else Untitled artists would like to post the image to promote the show. A link will be added to your personal website or portfolio on the Untitled website and in promotional emails.

What to Bring

A printout of your design. It helps to have it printed in the final size but it’s not necessary. Just be sure that everyone will be able to see the image and get the idea of how it will be formatted for printing. It also helps to have most or all of the required text and images on the design. If we do not have a location confirmed, just add some text like “Cool Venue 123 Main Street”.

If you can’t make the meeting but want to design a poster for consideration, have a friend bring it if possible.


Digital, drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, etc. The design should leave room for important text & images about the event. The final file will need to be ready for printing. Please see requirements below.
Artists may collaborate as well. If you are an artist with an image but no graphic design skills, you will need to hook up with a designer who can format your image for printing and include the necessary information.


Posters can be full color or not, up to 11″x17”. Please keep in mind that we also print small postcard size fliers. The design will need to be scalable to a postcard size and readable or redesigned with text that is readable. The designer is also responsible for designing a flyer. For printing purposes, it is definitely easiest to work with the 11×17 inch sized poster files.

Important Text and Images to Include
  1. Show Title- FROZEN STIFF
  2. The Untitled Logo – Prominently displayed, undistorted and at least 3 inches long (download here: What do we mean by undistorted? When you resize the logo (you should be going smaller not bigger by the way), keep the proportions the same and do not stretch the logo out by either width or height.
  3. Show & Year (ex. Winter Show 2010)
  4. Show date: December 17
  5. 6 – 10 pm
  6. Free
  7. One-Night-Only
  8. Slogan - uncensored art for unlimited audiences
  9. Venue Name or Logo(undistorted) - TBA
  10. Venue Address - TBA
  11. Website Address – (easily legible)
  12. Sponsor Logos, DJ and Other Info
    Please leave some room for additional small logos (if we have sponsors confirmed before printing).
File Requirements and Suggestions

In order to send a file to a printer to be printed, it is best to use these guidelines for easy printing of your awesome design. These are just some basic suggestions for getting started.

  1. Start by building your file in CMYK (not RGB) (color mode)
  2. Build your file at 300 DPI (resolution)
  3. Don’t use 4/c black – because it makes the black so rich – that when printed it won’t look that rich
  4. Start your file size at the largest size to be printed (for example: 11×17 inches)
  5. Save your file for printing in PDF – CMYK
Past Posters

Need some inspiration?
Here is a link to our flickr group for examples of past posters:

Other Things You Need to Know

You can put the required text and images in whatever order, font and configuration you like. Please be sure any logos are not skewed when resizing.

Before printing, the final draft will be approved by PR chair and board members. Untitled reserves the right to request a designer to change the layout of the design or text style to effectively communicate the message of the poster to a viewer.

The final draft will need to be ready the week it is chosen to be sent with the press release.

Artists are welcome and encouraged to design, print & distribute their own posters or promotional items for the show. Untitled will only pay for printing of the chosen design.

Poster Designer Tasks
  1. Create coordinating poster and flier designs for review by PR committee
    (Note that flier may need to be redesigned (ie text reconfigured or enlarged or image cropped))
    Flier should be postcard size or about 4×5 inches (4 per 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper)
  2. Send for review to – low resolution
  3. Edit designs per input from committee
  4. Create press-ready, high resolution files for printer. See guidelines above
  5. Send to or contact for alternative email address for large files (over 5mb). May need to send files to printer directly. Communicate with PR chair about this

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