Earlier this year, I described my experience with printing one of my posters on fabric. After going the conference and presenting the poster, I brought it back and stuck it up in the hallway by my lab, as people often do with their posters.
I was surprised to watch the poster faded into near illegibility over the course of only a few months!
Here’s a picture from shortly after receiving the poster:
And here it is after a few months.
And just for the ultra-detailed comparison, here’s the original source of this picture.
Here’s how my name looked on the poster when I first checked it:
And here’s how it looks after some time in the hallway.
Fading was noticeable after about two months in the hall, I think. This poster is not in direct sunlight, though there is a hall light more or less right above it. Still, another poster right next to it has held its colour much better, and it’s over a year old.
If you print a fabric poster for a conference, keep the original files in case you want to reprint your poster.
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