BIGGER IS BETTER! That generally rings true in marketing, of all the large scale pieces of collateral available to marketers perhaps the biggest is a billboard. Therefore, it’s always great to have the opportunity to work on such a project.
The Ridgetop Estates billboard sited along Route 17 in Chester, New York was created in the summer of 2010. The production of this billboard was comprised of numerous components. First there needed to be a professional photo taken of the model home. Therefore, a favorite photographer was sent to the site. Prior to the actual shoot the location was scouted relentlessly to determine what the best time of day was to capture the perfect light. Unsurprisingly it turned out to be about an hour before sunset. The photographer utilized a medium format camera to ensure there would be proper resolution for the final grand format print. The chosen chrome was sent out to be drum scanned for a digital file.Once the digital file was returned, it was retouched a bit. The grass, driveway and sky were altered to better fit the final composition layout.
The layout in this case required some serious political maneuvering on the part of the art director. You see, the developer wanted to list many of the home’s features along with their logo and phone number in addition to the real estate brokerage’s. It took quite a bit of convincing when working with all of the parties involved that listing the home’s features would be too much information for a billboard. The typical convention of billboard design mandates that the audience only has approximately 5-10 seconds to read all of the information before they have driven past.
After much gnashing of teeth, the internal and external clients were convinced to limit the design to one phone number and eliminate the home’s features and only list the price and location. In a perfect world the phone number would have been large across the grass below the home, but having convinced everyone to limit the contact information to one line some compromise was required. Compromise was also required to allow both the broker and developer’s logos on the billboard.
Upon approval of the final design the files were sent off to the billboard owner’s preferred vendor for grand format print production and installation.