If you represent an organization that frequently hosts presentations for large groups, a podium will be an essential piece of gear. Podiums are available in many styles, but share the common job of providing the speaker with a place to rest his or her notes. There's nothing wrong with a plain podium, but if you're looking to add a professional look to this device, you may want to work with a custom sign company to design a custom podium sign that you can mount to the front of the podium. Here are some design considerations for creating your podium sign.
Podiums tend to be tall and narrow, so it's a good idea to consider the size and shape of your podium before you start to work with your sign company on a sign design. You want the sign to be of an appropriate size for the podium. The sign would look awkward if it were too large for the podium, but it would also be ineffective if it were too small. One popular choice is to measure the front of the podium and come up with a sign design that fills this space minus a small amount of space around the perimeter.
You'll want to keep in mind that people will be viewing the speaker at his or her podium from different distances. While someone in the front row of the venue might have no trouble reading the podium sign, people in the back row — especially in a large venue — might struggle to see it. It's ideal if you can choose a podium sign design that is simple and offers a high degree of legibility. Small font sizes will be ineffective. Often, going with a simple design that consists of your organization's name and logo can be most effective.
Suitability For Photos
It's possible that various people will be taking photographs of people who are speaking at your podium. For example, the local media might attend certain events that you host, while your organization's public relations department may also take photos for different purposes. It's important to choose materials for the sign that will make it conducive to photos. Highly shiny signs, for example, produce a glare under bright lights and don't work well with camera flashes. Matte finishes, conversely, can be easier to photograph clearly so that your sign is legible whether a photo of it is printed in your city's newspaper or shared on social media.