ADVOCATING // Pop-Up Banner Design for the NCIA

Cannabis Branding & Identity, Conference, Trade Show + Expo Design, Graphic Design & Innovation
Pop-Up Trade Show/Expo Banner Design (33×78) for the NCIA (@NCIA #NCIA)

I received a request to create a 33×78 banner.  I was initially given their most recent class photo taken in Washington DC and to use this in the banner (top photo).  I submitted several potential design layouts but the photo was not quite working within the live area. I decided to combine 2 photos to better address the abundance of  live area within the banner. I silhouetted the class photo (using the pen tool) and then removed the sky from the state capitol building below and combined them.

Next, I started working on the typography. I wanted focus on the word “Advocating” and tried different techniques and colors to achieve a 60’s Avant Garde style.

First Horizontal.

Then Vertical (turned 90 degrees).

But what if I just stacked the letters by cutting the words into 3 rows and used these letter forms really, really large? The human brain can process this. It will read this word as “Advocating.”

With the photos combined, the “Advocating” typography and the other required elements for the signage, I was able to create a bold statement piece for the NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association) to display at their booth at trade shows and events.

Fall Regional Cannabis Business Summit // NCIA

Cannabis Branding & Identity, Conference, Trade Show + Expo Design
Fall Regional Cannabis Business Summit in New York City // NCIA

I created the pre-conference brochure, onsite brochure, signage and sponsor passport for the Fall Regional Cannabis Business Summit™ in New York City.  To stay within the tight conference budget, I repurposed digital photos of the National Cannabis Business Summit™ & Expo in Denver by overlaying the NCIA’s brand colors of orange and light green on top of the photos. This was implemented to eliminate the direct focus on the actual photos and to create an instantly recognizable identity through the brand color palette.

Please visit LMI+D for all the materials designed to brand this conference and expo: https://www.lmid.co/cannabis-business-summit-fall-regional-nyc-2015-ncia