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Re: signage

I have checked-in printable PDF files for the large 36"x24" signs, so
that Tony can do some printing tomorrow.  Since no one in this
organization provided any feedback to my questions about the actual
*content* of the signs, the text in these signs is pretty generic:
"Front Desk", "Room 327", etc.

This should keep Tony's printing pipeline full while the people who
want a huge horizontal banner use the miracle of consensus to figure
out what size it should be.

(I'm dubious that a "Just hang it from Front Desk, yo!" plan would
work very well, e.g., 36" is counter-height, not desk-height.  But I
have never seen the desk, nor the front-desk venue, nor any DC venue,
nor am I going to be installing such a banner, so I will happily draw
inviting and inspriring pictures for any size medium specified to me.)


On 08/16/2014 03:24 PM, Steve Langasek wrote:
On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 08:51:08AM -0700, tony mancill wrote:
Note that the precise wording in the sponsorship brochure, for gold sponsors
and above, is:

    Logo on banner in conference lobby

This implies that there will be a banner.  I don't think a 36"x24" sign
quite qualifies as a banner, do you.  Can we make a 36"x yay-long banner?
(I don't remember if your printer width was 24" or 36"?)

The paper width is 36" and it's scroll-fed.  (The printer will print up
to 44", but I don't have ready access to that sort of media.)  If we're
going to print 36xN (for N >> 24), keep in mind that you're going to
need to have some way to mount it.  It won't stand freely, and will have
a tendency to curl because the paper is scroll-fed.

For the "conference lobby" banner (aka "front desk"), would it suffice to
mount this banner to the front of the table?  Tape the top two corners, tie
the bottom two using a couple of grommets?

For the posters in the talk rooms, I think the plan already discussed should
be fine: mounted on a backing board, set on easels (I have asked PSU for the

Responding to some of the snipped bits in Matto's original message, it
sounds like we're potentially planning to have a large number of
banners.  In previous meetings we talked about 2, or maybe just 1 sign
per talk room, plus some general signage.  I have been thinking that the
number was ~7 large signs + misc.  I will print as much as a I can next
week, but at 40 minutes per 24x36" sign, the possibility of running out
of supplies and being temporarily blocked, and the fact that I still
have to work (I'll be babysitting the printer after-hours); it would be
helpful to know the relative priority order of the signs.  2 buckets:
must have/nice to have

Minimum requirements: one "banner" (of some shape and description) in the
conference lobby, one "banner" for each talk room

I think we don't need a second sign per room at all, and didn't realize
people were still thinking along those lines.  I definitely don't think it's
worth spending a lot of money renting a second set of easels from PSU just
to hold these signs; so I would hold off on worrying about a second set
until we have pricing from PSU.

Nice to have: everything else

Also, I'll need to check to see whether we have 11x17 available (recent
change in our office printers).  If I can't print those, perhaps someone
else can, or we can make a run to Kinkos.

Personally, I think 8.5x11 would be perfectly fine here for the other
signage.  Except for the downstairs hack lab, everything's really close in,
so the main function of these for attendees is to identify which rooms are
the DebConf rooms, which really doesn't require much more than a swirl you
can see from down the hall.


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