Free Poster Download “You Can Read Better Than I Can Design Posters”

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I’ve had the concept for this poster in-mind for many months now. It’s based on the premise that it doesn’t matter what order the letters of a word are in—just as long as the first and last letters are in the correct place (according to researchers at Cambridge University).

For example, try reading this:

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Cool huh? I thought so too. My thinking is that the sentence on the poster design should read “You Can Read Better Than I Can Design Posters“. I hope no explanation is necessary regarding to humorous nature of the design (?) The image below shows some detail from the poster, with a slightly-patterned background effect.

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The poster is available for download in both A4 and USA desktop printer sizes, saved in PDF Format:

USA Version (8.5″ x 11″) @300dpi:
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A4 Version (21cm x 29.7cm) @300dpi:
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This poster design is branding with a Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

Questions & comments welcome…

14 thoughts on “Free Poster Download “You Can Read Better Than I Can Design Posters””

  1. Ray Pettersson

    I see you’re using Creighton font on it! Great concept, brilliant execution! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Andrew Kelsall

    @Ray → Yes, Creighton it is 🙂

    One of the reasons I bought all weights of the font was so I can design some posters with it. This is the first of many (time permitting)…

  3. edo

    It could be just me, but i have a problem with the last two words.

    I keep reading…. You can read better than I can DIGEST POTATOES.

    Im familiar with the concept of mixing the letters and still being able to read, there was a long email once upon… and the trick works fine for the beginning of the sentence. But somehow it fails for me on the last two words…

  4. Andrew Kelsall

    @Edo → Hehe, I never spotted that, although not all the letters are present for those words. However, it’s great to hear another opinion on the design…

  5. Edo

    Daer Adnerw,

    Your poster definitely got me thinking, so I was researching a bit around the internet about the science behind letter scrambling.

    There’s a very interesting page at Cambridge, which is where the myth is supposed to have originated:

    So the idea of the author is that you cant randomly mix the letters in the middle. He gives the following examples:

    “1) A vheclie epxledod at a plocie cehckipont near the UN haduqertares in Bagahdd on Mnoday kilinlg the bmober and an Irqai polcie offceir

    2) Big ccunoil tax ineesacrs tihs yaer hvae seezueqd the inmcoes of mnay pneosenirs

    3) A dootcr has aimttded the magltheuansr of a tageene ceacnr pintaet who deid aetfr a hatospil durg blendur”

    All three sentences are scrambled using the same rules, but for most people they grow progressively more incomprehensible.

    Anyway, thx for the post… it got me thinking, and I got to learn something new I didn’t know before.

  6. Andrew Kelsall

    @Edo → I must admit, these sentences Do become progressively more incomprehensible, although after reading the last 2 lines twice, I understood the messages. Thanks for the extra info – I too find this kind of thing fascinating,

    BTW, I love the “Daer Adnerw” 🙂

  7. john

    You have had the ‘concept ‘ in your mind for a few months but it’s been done many times before – from Dyslexia to glasses ads. And why did it take months to get from your mind onto paper?

    Originality is the true measure by which all design is judged.

  8. Andrew Kelsall

    @John → Why did it take months to get from my mind onto paper? Because personal projects like this are last on my list. In the meantime, my priorities are designing for clients, not myself. I have pages worth on concepts that I’d like to design which never see the light of day.

    Everything has been done before in some way or another, I’ve never seen the adds you talk of. That’s another thing I don’t have time for: scouring the web for every poster ever designed.

  9. Matt Noble

    I like it but i think the copy could have been a little better, the locations of ascenders and descenders need to be closer to their original location so that the patter of the word read write, looking at the words you have thats going to be difficult, so i think the sentence needs re wording to allow for that. The word ‘read’ works for me but i would have had the words ‘design’ as ‘deisgn’ and posters as ‘psoters’.

    Im not too keen on the typeface, its just not working for me and the vertical lined texture in the background isnt working for me too.

    Hope that helps, had to keep it short as im at work, may be back with more later.

  10. Andrew Kelsall

    @Matt → I understand what you’re saying about the ascenders and descenders but the whole of this poster is a sort of parody anyway; given that the text is slanted as well, suggested that I can’t design in the first place!

    The font is Creighton, but I think it worked really well. Its a typeface that is for display purposes.

    Anyway, thanks for your opinion and feedback; always welcome here. I can’t please everyone, but yes, maybe I could improve upon the design 🙂