Creating Cohesion with Fabric Banners

Fabric Banners for an Event

Tasteful, decorative and informational: three words that describe a fabric banner project completed by Dale Stokes and Lory Tubbs, graphic designers at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La.

The Health Sciences Center holds various events, welcoming students, faculty, administration and the public into the center through the main atrium. At this most recent event, the coordinator wanted to match the tablecloths at the various information tables and present a cohesive look.

Consulting with his LexJet customer specialist, Joshua Crissman, Stokes used LexJet Poly Select Heavy fabric, printing the banners on a Canon iPF8000S.

“We were trying to put a little color in it, and the only real option was to hang something over the first floor handrail above the ground floor of the atrium. The fabric has a real nice weight about it and hung flat and didn’t blow around too much,” explains Stokes. “Our client was super-satisfied with them, and everyone who came through the event, including faculty members and department heads, complimented the pennants and asked where they were printed.”

Toni Thibeaux of LSU Health Sciences Center created the overall concept, including the layout of the banners, what they would say and the color scheme.

Stokes also printed welcome signs with photos of students on LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene that were placed in retractable banner stands.

It was a fairly simple project, and Stokes says the fabric-printer combination worked quite well, reproducing the PMS colors from the tablecloths, ensuring a consistent and cohesive visual program for the event.

“When they found out we designed and printed them, they were surprised. They’re used to seeing our medical presentations and scientific posters, but they don’t think of us creating room décor,” adds Stokes.