A one-piece banner is easiest to carry, and some places have an in-house banner-making service. Commercial firms may also offer this service - try a Kinko's or similar company. I've noticed that branches of these companies that are located close to a university are more flexible in meeting academic & scientific needs than those branches located in shopping malls or the business community.
If you choose this route:
- Call the banner service and ask for specific instructions regarding formatting and submission. Here are some Details for those at the KU Medical Center.
- Proofread the banner. Several times.
- Save it to disk. Then back it up onto another disk.
An alternative is to use a laser printer and double-stick tape:
Either method produces a title banner which should be about 4 - 8 inches tall, and which can be rolled into a compact cylinder for travel. Here are some hints if you'd like a more rigid banner, which won't curl when placed above your poster at the meeting.
- Set the printer output to landscape (wide) format, using 11 x 14 inch paper (you'll have fewer seams than if you use 8.5 x 11 inch paper).
- Print the title & lay it out on a table. Proofread it now, rather than after you have assembled it!
- Successive pages should overlap with only a small margin.
- Trim the overlap off one side of each page, and place a piece of double-stick tape in that position on the other page, then align the successive pages.
- This process is easier if you have included 2 thin, parallel lines across all pages of the banner, one above the text & one below. These lines will make it easier to align multiple pages. Once the banner is printed and put together, you can trim away the parallel lines with a straightedge & razor blade.
Before you go any further!
Remember to make a backup copy of your poster.
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