Tue 20 Oct 2009
Black border. Large eye-catching photo. Large white text. Smaller white sub-text.
If you are like most readers, you will have already read all four posters before you looped back to the top of this article. That’s ok, because I designed it to happen just like that. As I designed the layout, I realized this column’s regular text would have far less impact than usual. As a writer that’s a tad depressing. As a designer I loved it!
This column is not the history of motivational posters. Nor is it the effect of motivational posters on lazy folks. Apparently the motivational poster’s impact on taking the stairs versus an escalator was so compelling it was funded numerous times over multiple continents. We get it. Enough already!
I created these unique Techlife posters in just a few minutes, using Big Huge Labs: Motivator, to create my own motivational poster. It was easy. Here’s how to build your own motivational poster or de-motivational poster in 3 easy steps.
1. Select a masterpiece - The photo should be eye catching and keep your attention long enough to draw you in. After you have your photo you click Browse and attach the photo. You also should review the photo’s focus area, as most likely it will get cropped. Motivator allows you to designate one of three areas which might be best to keep visible. You also get to choose a landscape or portait orientation for your photo.
2. Channel your inner Shakespeare - Penning the perfect word and sub-text is no easy task. Are you trying to be funny or serious? Will your words live forever or be forgotten quickly? You may even find yourself selecting a new photo for the ultimate fit with your perfect prose. Perfection is personal.
3. Click and Share – Hit the big blue “Create” button. A few seconds later your motivation masterpiece is rendered. After reviewing how you will change the world you can edit, save, upload, email, share and even get a high-resolution version of your image by clicking the associated button.
Techlife Challenge – Motivation is powerful. Parody is funny. De-motivation is a form of expression too. For this challenge share with us your favorite self-created poster. We’ll see about getting some prizes, but until then we’ll award the famous Techlife Points! 213 for each entry with the best in each category getting 4002. Judging purely subjective and nonsense.
Note: The posters shown here are meant to motivate you to read past Techlife articles. MASHUP for the “Flash Earth – Ultimate Maps Mashup.” TRAVEL for “Travelistic.com, YouTube with a Purpose.” CREATIVE for the “Alan Becker’s Animator vs. Animation.”