Media Lab has two wide-format Canon printers for high-quality posters and image printing up to 42″ in width or height.
Printing and Design Consultations
You can request an appointment with a Media Lab staff member for assistance with design prior to printing.
We provide design services for both standard-size and wide-format posters at $15 an hour (see our pricing guide). A design for a standard 11″ x 17″ poster typically takes around 2-3 hours. Please inform us of any necessary text (such as titles, names, times, locations), graphics (logos, photos), and/or conceptual ideas or imagery you would like included in your poster. If you print your poster in the Media Lab we can provide up to 20 minutes of poster consultation for free before the printing. We can also print standard-size posters for $2 each after designing them, or we can send you the file and you can print them through the print center.
We can print posters up to 42 inches in width or height. Common sizes are 24″ x 36″, 30″ x 40″, and 36″ x 48″. Posters can typically be ready for pickup within 24 hours on weekdays, though during peak poster season (end of the semester) please plan for 2-3 days. We charge 2.5¢ per square inch. (For more information see our pricing guide) Payment must be done with Ole Dollars on an Ole Card or Department Card. We can provide a free quality control check before printing. To request our printing services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poster Design Guide
Feel free to use one of these sample templates in designing your poster. To download the template simply click on the slide that you like.
Adobe Photoshop, available for Mac and Windows, is a powerful software used for editing, manipulation, and creation of digital images of all kinds. Tools range from crop and rotate, to effects and filters, to layers and adjustments, to replication tools with incredible power.
Adobe Illustrator, available for Mac and Windows, is a vector graphics editor that allows thew creation of art and illustrations using advanced drawing and typography tools. Illustrator can be used to create print and web graphics, and the vector base allows for ease in resizing images at any point in your process.
GIMP, which stands for The GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free software available for Mac and Windows. GIMP can help with photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. Its features include a customizable interface, tools for photo enhancing, digital retouching, and hardware support. GIMP Is most commonly used as a free alternative to Photoshop.
Microsoft Powerpoint is a software for Mac and Windows typically used for slide presentations. However, it also provides an extremely simple interface for wide-format poster design, because of the ease of adding text, shapes, and changing colors.
St. Olaf College has adopted WordPress for managing the majority of its online content. WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) and is used by organizations like Yahoo!, eBay, TechCrunch, BBC America and many colleges and universities. At St. Olaf. every member of the faculty, staff and students can request WordPress for Course Site and Individual Site. Request a WordPress Site.
Facilities and services
Media Lab computers: Equipped with current versions of Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver to help create websites. Find us in RML 270 (In IT). Student Workers: Several Instructional Technology Assistants work in the Media Lab, assisting faculty, staff, and students with projects involving WordPress at every level of expertise. Media Lab is well versed in creating new WordPress websites and developing existing ones for department, project, or individual use. We can add helpful plug-ins and create a dynamic design that helps display information effectively.
WordPress is an open-source content management system that can be used to create websites, blogs, or a combination of the two. St. Olaf hosts its own WordPress sites for course and research projects on the pages.stolaf.edu server, and there are also independent online hosting services available at WordPress.com and WPengine.com.
Google Sites is a web publishing tool that is used to create both internal project sites for sharing and collaborating on documents and public-facing sites for courses, organizations, and other groups. Because it is part of the Google Apps suite, it integrates easily with Google calendar, docs, maps, and forms.
Omeka is an open-source web publishing platform that is used to create digital exhibits, collections, and archives. Many institutions download the software from Omeka.org and host their own sites, but others prefer to use the online hosting service at Omeka.net.
Workshops and events: We have a variety of training types in order to fit the diverse backgrounds of the participants, including faculty, staff, and students. Visit our Workshop Calendar for upcoming events!
Web Tutorials: St. Olaf recently acquired campus-wide access to Lynda.com, a vast collection of online video tutorials on a variety of topics, including the tools mentioned above. Take advantage of the 24/7 access here.