Before PowerPoint: My Posters

I used to make posters all the time. It was pre-internet, and I found that if I walked in the room with a big poster with my ideas, people let me speak first. If I wanted to create the agenda, a poster was a guaranteed way to be a leader.

Nowadays, if I want to set the agenda or communicate a lot of ideas in a small space, I use PowerPoint and websites. I believe my obsession with posters was excellent practice for my later career as an information architect and teacher.

This week I have been trying to clean out a bunch of stuff for tomorrow’s yard sale, and I found these posters. Most of them are from when I used to speak about green lifestyles choices to high-school students. I would illustrate the choices on a spectrum of least green to most green.

Food green lifestyle tips - spectrum of choices from least green to most green - poster from ~1995

Food green lifestyle tips – spectrum of choices from least green to most green – poster from ~1995

Leisure time green lifestyle tips - spectrum of choices from least green to most green - poster from ~1995

Leisure time green lifestyle tips – spectrum of choices from least green to most green – poster from ~1995

Christmas green lifestyle tips - spectrum of choices from least green to most green - poster from ~1995

Christmas green lifestyle tips – spectrum of choices from least green to most green – poster from ~1995

Here’s a poster I made when applying for a job. It must have been something related to recycling because I sorted my resume into topic areas, and then put the details on recyclables in recycling bins. Perhaps it was for my job at Recycling Together.

Resume poster from 1995

Resume poster from 1995

This poster lists a bunch of ideas for how we could do community building in our local parks. I’m guessing this was for a story pitch session when I was working at CBC Radio. There are some nifty ideas in there, and I drew it as an image of a park with all the people doing the activities.

Building Community Pride in our Parks - community building ideas

Building Community Pride in our Parks – community building ideas

I think it’s time to let these posters get recycled now – but here is some documentation of a pre-digital time in my information architecture journey. 🙂

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