First and foremost, you should decide where your notice board will go; and to find the most appropriate space for it, you should consider three things:
- Where are people most likely to see your board?
- What information are you trying to display?
- Whose attention are you trying to attract?
The location you choose for your notice board needs to be, above all else, visible. There’s no point in placing it behind a pot plant or down a dead-end corridor which is usually deserted. Choose a space on the wall which is clearly visible to passers-by, and make sure it’s at eye-level so people can easily digest the information.
The location of your board should also consider the messages you’re trying to share, and those who need to read them. For example, if your board is designed to display information for patients at a GP surgery, placing a board in the waiting area or next to a reception desk is the best way to attract attention. Similarly, if your board needs to showcase social distancing information for your office, then placing the board near the entrance makes more sense than installing it further into the building.
OK, so you’ve found the perfect location, but what are you going to display? Is this a public or private notice board? Is it interactive or for display purposes only? Notice boards that have ‘long-term’ fixed displays such as fire safety information, evacuation procedures, annual calendars and the like will benefit from eye-catching, colourful and laminated posters or leaflets that can be fixed in place and left securely for long periods of time without deteriorating.
More interactive displays, for example, artwork presentations in schools or daily employee updates in offices, will benefit from easy-to-use functions such as magnets or pins so information can be put up or removed easily. Additions such as boxes of pins can be helpful in situations where employees or students are able to fix their own notices.