What Makes and Ad So Great?

Let’s look at the elements of design…

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poster

This is a poster advertising a pop up shop for Wellen’s Surf Shop. Wellen is an online-based surf company focused on men’s clothing. They sell their clothes in stores through third-parties. The designer of the advertisement could not be identified.

I will be breaking down the advertisement into five elements of design. This includes contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity and color.

Contrast 

contrast

First off, there is contrast in the color of the poster and the color of the font. The designer, however seems to be employing contrast in the fonts. There is a bold and a regular typeface for most used font. I have the bold font underlined in green and the regular typeface for the same font underlined in blue. The word “gentleman” adds more contrast to the ad. It is in a different font, it’s a bigger size and its placed at an angle. It allows the word to stand out against the other fonts.

Repetition

Repetition

The repetitive element in this ad is, again, the font. The designer uses the same font with both a regular and bold typeface.

Alignment 

alignment

In this ad, we can tell that the text and image is a center alignment. While center alignment is the most common and can sometimes make a design boring, it works well with the other elements of design to make it interesting to the audience. It is clearly intentional.

Proximity

Proximity

Proximity helps the viewer understand what, where and when something is happening. Highlighted in green, we understand that due to the proximity of the words there is a pop up shop for Wellen Surf Shop and it’s for gentlemen. Next, the viewer needs to know where and when the event is going to happen. This is inside the red box. While the viewer has the what, where and when, there can still be more information added to the image to let them know just a little more about what is going on. Since it’s not as vital, this information is added below everything else in smaller, regular typeface. But it’s close the rest of the information. This is displayed in the yellow box.

Color

In terms of color, this design is fairly simple. There are only a few colors on the page. It’s just different shades and tints of blue and brown.

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Overall, this advertisement is good example of excellent yet simple design. The designer employs contrast through the font choices and color. Repetition is also shown through the font typeface. The words on the page are aligned centrally with the man who is in the photograph, allowing the ad to flow. The proximity of the words help the viewer know what exactly is being advertised. Lastly, the colors in the ad are simple and work well with each other. All of these principles are things to consider when looking at or creating an advertisement.