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Best practices


  • Billboards target people driving. Therefore, your audience will have about six seconds to read your billboard. You may be able to push for a few more words depending on their length and ease of reading, but good billboards communicate without a lot of words. 
  • Include a headline and sub-headline, if applicable. Play with colors and font sizes to differentiate one from another and make it easier to read.   
    • Suggested word count: 
      • Headline: Max. 8-word count 
      • Sub-headline or main content: Max. 8-word count 
      • Call-to-action: Phone # and/or website 
      • Make sure to have a clear call-to-action. This can be a phone number, website link, etc. Be sure not to overpower your call-to-action as you do not want to overstate the action. 

Visual elements: 

  • Photography is highly recommended 
    • Uniquevibrant, high-quality photos are ideal. 
    • Avoid using stock photos.  
    • You can check out FIU’s Flickr account in case there’s a photo that will work for you. If you’d like to do a photo shoot, please contact fill our Multimedia team by filling out this request form. 
  • Use bright and vibrant colors to grab the audience's attention. Mix bright colors with a high level of contrast between the text and the background, so your ad is easier to read. 
    • Make sure your image or background photo does not compete with the overlaying text. 
    • Make sure your font is legible. You may have to change the type of font used in order to ensure drivers can easily read your ad.  
      • FIU’s official fonts are Adobe Garamond (serif) and Helvetica (sans-serif), but you may use other fonts as well.  


  • FIU billboard’s dimensions are 40’ x 12’ 
  • File size: Press Quality 
  • Hi-res PDF for final submission 



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