Creating an Elections Poster

Before you get started

If you are a candidate in RUSU’s Leadership Elections, you can create an elections poster. This is something you can create to help you with your campaign, and it can include your manifesto points or simply be about who you are. RUSU will promote all posters equally on the official candidates webpage, and you can also use it throughout your campaign.

Submitting a poster is not compulsory, but can help you get out there!

How to start creating

You might want to include

  • A bit about yourself
  • Why you’d be good for the role
  • What you want to achieve in the role

Top tips for writing

  • Try to get your enthusiasm and commitment for the role across
  • Write in a way that students will understand and be clear and concise
  • Be creative!
  • If you’re using an elections slogan, this is a great place to show it!

Making sure your poster is accessible

  • Use a clear and easily readable font such as Calibri or Helvetica. These should then be used on a solid colour e.g. black text on a light background.
  • Avoid using text on complex or detailed images as it will get lost in the background.
  • Limit the amount of text and make sure it is at a readable font size (12pt is recommended for body text) as you want to inform people without giving them too much information.
  • When using colours, be mindful of heavily contrasting colours as they can make visibility poor and will not captivate your audience.
  • The use of colour tones may be more useful e.g. two shades of yellow on the background. This then doesn’t detract from the text on the page.

If you are unsure as to whether the colours and text you are using are accessible or not, you can use the Contrast Checker.

Other ways to check the accessibility of your artwork can be found below from resources compiled by government bodies.

Free tools you can use to make your poster

How to upload onto your elections poster

To submit your elections poster, email it to elections@rusu.co.uk before the deadline for completed nominations.

Guidelines

Your poster must meet these requirements in order for RUSU to use it in their promotion.

  • A4
  • PDF format
  • Portrait orientation

Please also try to stick to your campaign colour when branding your poster, which you will be able to choose at the candidates’ meeting.

Help! I need some inspiration

Struggling for ideas? It’s always worth doing a quick search online to look at posters made by previous candidates, whether that’s at RUSU or another students’ union. Think about which posters catch your attention, and use that to think of your own design.

If you’re on campus, pay close attention to notice boards in RUSU as well as in the University’s buildings – which displays stick out to you, and what makes them memorable? You can apply this to your own posters!