We live in a visual world and what is a greater joy than being welcomed in a vibrant space where the mind is challenged and the eye is invited to explore?
The philosophy of a good display:
Displays are like advertisements; they attract attention, and once a customer walks over for a look, they take notice of the product you want to sell. That might be a specific book collection or a promotion for a book talk or MakerSpace area. Whether you want to draw attention to a community project or a global topic, you want it to be noticed.
Whatever it is, a display that stands out is likely to get the message across. That’s why buses have striking advertisements on the back. And even if you are not interested in the latest brand of ice cream, you absorb that information when you drive past or – in a cloud of smoke – wait for the traffic light to turn green. Subconsciously you have processed the information and stored it away.
A good display tells a story. It connects your product and your visitors on several levels. It shows that you care for your environment, that you connect with the community and it shows that you value your customer’s opinion. Through making a display – one that makes your customer smile or contemplate – you connect with a future musician, mum, plumber or scientist.
In The Netherlands, I was part of a Library Team that organized activities involving art, culture and education and I learned using a jigsaw or glue gun as easily as a staple gun. I love upcycling and using materials that are for grabs like old umbrellas, garden tools, branches from a cut-down tree or withdrawn pages of books. Basically, I love inventing and creating stuff.
I like sharing my ideas and I enjoy seeing my work being copied because to me that’s the biggest compliment one can get. Copyright is a very modern invention, Leonardo da Vinci had no idea it existed nor had Socrates. All photos and descriptions are Creative Commons and therefore free to use.
I hope that my displays, tips and tricks will help you to make your own eye-catching displays. You can copy and use whatever you like it’s all in the public area. If you make a display with the help of this website, please let me know. It’s great to get positive feedback.
You can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear from you