Next year I am going to be doing some traveling to trade shows to do presentations and I will also have a small display in a booth. Some of you are probably asking where and when. As soon as all the details are finalized, I will pass them along so I can meet as many of you as possible. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about a project for dressing up the monitor I’ll be using in the trade show booth.
My space in the booth will be extremely limited, but I will have a laptop and monitor setup to do some in-booth presentations. I thought about some small signs to set on the table next to me. They can fall over and they wouldn’t be immediately visible when visitors are focused on the monitor. Since users will be looking at the monitor, I determined the best sign would be one that fit around the outside of the monitor. I also had to design something that fit in my travel bags both in size and weight.
I made some quick measurements of the monitor and did a mockup of the sign in CorelDRAW where the blue area represents the area where artwork will appear. As I already had a meeting at my printer to pick up some books I did for a client, I printed out my mockup and did a little cutting to show off what I was trying to accomplish. A picture of the mockup is shown below.
The one note you’ll see on my mockup is that not only does a hole need to be cut in the middle, the whole sign needs to fold in half so it is small enough to fit in my bag. Once I got down to the shop, we created another very basic mockup to prove that we could do what we wanted with coroplast (corrugated plastic). A picture of that mockup is below.
This will not be the most elaborate sign ever and will have limited durability. Given the number of times I’ll need to use it, I’m sure it will hold up just fine. The total weight of the sign will probably be no more than a pound or two and the cost to print and build it should be fairly inexpensive. These two quick mockups proved we could do it and now I need to get to work on the design that will be on the sign. If you want to see the final version, you’ll have to come see me at the trade shows.