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JLBC good Signs Must Be:

JLBC good Signs Must Be:

JLBC Well worded

JLBC Cadets The wording on each sign should be forceful, clever, emotion-packed, persuasive, or funny.

Brief and to the point

JLBC Cadets Too many words make a significant hard to read, hard to understand, and unattractive to photograph.

The right size

• JLBC Cadets Signs too big are hard to carry and block the people who have them. Signs too small do not draw attention.

• JLBC Cadets Make your signs proportionate to the people who carry them. Characters held without a stake (by both hands) can be larger than signs carried on stakes.

Legible to passersby and photographers

• JLBC Cadets Leave sufficient margins, right and left, top and bottom.

• JLBC Cadets Letters must be thick enough to be scanned and show up

well in photos and video coverage.

• JLBC Cadets Use dark letters on white backgrounds. Single strokes or felt-tipped pens are hard to read. Bold letters work best.

• JLBC Cadets Use upper and lower cases. JLBC Cadets Long text in CAPS is ineffective because it is difficult to read.

• JLBC Cadets Avoid designs that contain photos, symbols, or logos.

• JLBC Cadets Handmade signs will set you apart from your opponent’s boring, printed placards.

JLBC Helpful tips

JLBC Cadets You can outline block letters lightly in pencil and then fill in the outlines with black or dark-colored Magic Markers.

JLBC Cadets You can have your sign lettered with a one-inch-wide paintbrush by someone skilled. Use tempera or other quick-drying paint.

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