A nice chart belongs to our events just as peanut butter does to jelly, or a spoon to a soup. No matter if it's a seminar, training or workshop - it is an integral component of our didactics. It has various application possibilites: welcoming our clients, visualizing topics or summarizing results. And all that without any need of an outlet!
Apart from that, we as Improwe are convinced that this kind of media is sometimes more useful and practical than a bald PPT-presentation. It actually provides more flexibility and individuality, while encouraging our creativity. We can move between charts quickly, change things and make adjustments within seconds. These are just some of the advantages...
But let's put the pros and cons aside and focus on the actual topic for today: flip chart design. The question is: how to design a flip chart, so that it appears as appealing, interesting and informative?
The following instructions are useful for other trainers, as well as regular employees, who might be faced with tasks like preparing a meeting in their daily job. Especially for those, we can assure that it is a well-appreciated method of introducing the members of a team meeting. Mostly because it creates such a welcoming atmosphere :). Well, let's start with the tips.
Next thing is a simple frame surrounding the headline. By the way, you can memorize this step as a general rule: everything that has a frame is easier to perceive for the human eye. You can also modify such a frame easily by let's say breaking of a corner. But it really is up to you. Let your creativity do the work.
3. Frame, Frame, Frame
Did I already mention it is very important for the human eye that everything has a frame? So let's go. Draw some lines around the whole chart. That way, we turn a rather boring piece of white paper into an appealing and structured flip chart. I personally leave some room for further adjustments (down right corner). We will come back to that later.
4. Add material
If you (eg. for the date) additionally use something like presentation cards for certain details, it will look way more professional. On the side, you may use these cards for other occasions, too. In any case, you should make sure the information is presented clearly and obvious. Other effects like the "calendar-look" will help drawing the attention to the essential details.
5. Caricature and other 'stuff'
We approach the artistic section of the flip chart designing process. First, I always draw the same basic and easy figure. In this case it looks like something out of a cartoon. You decide how realistically you want to draw your little gimmick. However, it is important that you are able to recall and create your drawing quickly. Obviously, we want to welcome our clients, customers and / or guests heartlily. In the German language this fits quite well, because the expression "Herzlich Willkommen!" has the word for 'heart' in it, which allows us to combine the expression with the symbol. But it really is up to you in which way you want to address your participants. Just use your creativity. You'll be surprised at what funny and interesting results you can get out of that.
Oh yeah, the corner. Well, you could draw or write something that represents the seminar. In this case, I added a small picture of us having fun, because we definetely will :D.
6. Dare to colorize
Finally we add some color! I usually choose subtle colors in various blue tones. They perfectly fit our Improwe-logo :p. My personal taste is to use not too many colors, but you really can be yourself here, too. Most times, I lent my color tools from my daughter, who luckily has a variety of crayons. The key is to just start and work yourself towards your goal image. Trust your creativity. If you put some work into it, the result will be great.
Grey markers help with adding some slight shadow effects. That way, the whole ensemble will become a professional look. It really completes the picture. Honestly, you don't need to be a perfectionist. Small shading effects are usually enough. However, there are no boundaries. If you want to tap the full potential of your art skills, feel free.
Et voilà. We did it. The perfect welcome chart! Just always remember: There is no second first impression. Be creative and put some effort in it. That way, you can be sure, you'll make some good impressions, whether it is colleagues or clients you do it for.
Apropos first impression. Here you can get some useful tips to improve your impression management.
In the end, we don't have anything left to say but: Let's go! Create your chart and show it to us. We look forward to see your results on Facebook :).
Let´s improwe together!