Using digital signage to get your message to students and staff
The OneLan digital signage is an effective means of getting your messages across. Follow these simple guidelines to get your message out easily and quickly.
Creating your content
Think of the digital signage like it is a motorway billboard – people are usually in transit when they see them. Your slide should contain the minimum detail to make the biggest impact.
Text: We suggest 250 characters maximum in total for the whole slide, for example:
One sentence, detailing/explaining your headline
Date and time (if an event or deadline)
Contact email or website (Try creating a shortened URL for reader ease)
Include a single bold image, it grabs people’s attention
Make sure your image adheres to the University image guidelines
Do not include the University of Bath logo, as this is already displayed on the screens.
Creating your media
OneLan displays image files, pdfs and videos.
Slide size: must be over 1500 pixels wide Proportions: Landscape Widescreen 16:9
You can use image editing software such as Photoshop or design platforms such as Canva to create either a high resolution JPEG or PNG. You can also use Microsoft or Adobe programmes to create a pdf.
If you do not have access to Photoshop, you can create your JPG in PowerPoint. However, before you do, you might need to change PowerPoint's settings, since it defaults to low resolutions when converting images to JPGs.
To change PowerPoint's default settings (you only have to do this once):
Make sure PowerPoint is closed
Open your Start menu and type ‘regedit’ into the search box, then hit Enter
Expand the 'HKEYCURRENTUSER | Software | Microsoft | Office | 14.0 | PowerPoint | Options' nodes
With the ‘Options’ node selected, click ‘Edit’ from the top menu. Select ‘New’ then click ‘DWORD’
Type ‘ExportBitmapResolution’ and press Enter
Right-click the new ExportBitmapResolution entry and select ‘Modify’
Type in 300. This will be your new dpi default. Select ‘Decimal’ then click ‘Okay’
Close the Registry window. That’s it! You can now open PowerPoint and design your slide.
Create your slide in PowerPoint:
Open a new file
Click the Design tab
Click Page Setup
Change the Slide Sized for dropdown box to On-screen show 16:9
Once finished, save your slide as a JPG File Interchange Format
Select Current Slide or Every Slide depending on your requirements.
Formatting your content
Remember people are usually in transit when they see your slide so it should be as clear as possible.
Font size minimum:
Body text 30pt
Call to action 40pt
Use no more than two different fonts when designing your slide, using more can distract from your message.
Only use Arial, Helvetica or Verdana font for main text as they are sans serif fonts that are easier to read.
- Avoid placing type directly over an image