Mad Men of Literature: Put Don Draper to shame using all your creative & technological powers to design an ad to inspire your peers to pick up a book! Five winners will receive an 11x17 poster of their ad, with additional copies available to their library. A grand prize winner will also receive free copies of any 5 Sourcebook Fire books, as will the sponsoring libraries.
To enter, simply add a comment to this forum and upload your ad as a picture. Please limit the size of the ads to a maximum of 600 pixels for the longest side. To do this, click the insert picture button at the top, then click on the "options" button and check the "resive image" box and set it to 600. This will automatically resize your image to the appropriate size. Otherwise, you can just design your image so that the longest side is 600 pixels.
Here are some tips and advice that might help you making your ad.
First, you have to find an idea. Be original and inventive, and don’t forget to add a little humor! Remember, this is how you make the big bucks on Madison avenue.
Think about what reading means to you, what you love about it, and how you would like to convey the feeling to other people through this one graphic. It’s about how you feel, so just be yourself!
Once you know what you want to do, make and/or collect every image you will need. Photographs, drawing, collages… It’s entirely up to you! Be creative in you own way.
Now that you have the idea and all the materials to help you realize it, the only step that remains is the formatting. Now I know you’re asking yourself two questions:
What should I use?
There are several free image and photo editing programs you can use, like Gimp or Paint.net. Microsoft also comes with Microsoft Paint (remember to save as a .gif or .jpg). If you want to try 3D, you can use Blender.
For each program, make sure you read the FAQs and tutorials; they will help you realize the “How?” part.
That said, I’m sure many of you are whizzes at this! If so, we’d appreciate it if you helped your fellow bibliophiles with their projects!
Here are some examples of well known ads (or Public Service Announcements).