What to Consider when Designing an Exhibition Layout
By Jordan Tomkins
What to Consider when Designing an Exhibition Layout

Designing an exhibition layout requires a thoughtful combination of aesthetics, functionality, and strategic planning. Whether you're a seasoned exhibition organiser or a beginner taking the leap, there are key factors to consider that will help you create an engaging and successful event.

Define Your Objectives:

Start by clearly defining your exhibition's objectives. Are you aiming to showcase new products, generate sales leads, or foster networking opportunities? Understanding your goals will guide your decision-making process throughout the layout design.

Flow and Pathways:

Consider the flow of visitors through the exhibition. Create clear pathways that guide attendees seamlessly from one area to another. Avoid congested areas and strategically position popular exhibits or interactive displays to attract foot traffic.


Zones and Themes:

Divide your exhibition space into zones based on themes or categories. This segmentation helps attendees navigate the event with ease. Ensure each zone has a cohesive design that enhances the overall visitor experience.

Focal Points:

Identify focal points to captivate your audience. These can be attention-grabbing displays, engaging presentations, or interactive installations. Place them strategically to draw visitors in and create memorable moments.

Comfort and Amenities:

Consider the comfort of your attendees. Provide seating areas, restrooms, and refreshment stations strategically throughout the exhibition space. These small touches contribute to a positive and enjoyable experience.

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Catering and Refreshments:

Don't overlook the importance of catering and refreshments in your exhibition layout. Providing food and beverages can enhance the overall experience for attendees, encouraging them to stay longer and engage with exhibitors. Consider incorporating strategically placed refreshment stations or a designated catering area where visitors can recharge and network. Offering a variety of options, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices, ensures that all dietary preferences are catered to. Additionally, collaborate with local vendors or sponsors to showcase their culinary delights, adding a touch of local flavour to your exhibition. Remember, a well-fed and hydrated crowd is a happy and energised one, ready to explore and make meaningful connections.


Branding and Signage:

Incorporate your brand elements consistently throughout the exhibition. Utilise clear and attractive signage that helps attendees navigate the event effortlessly. Make sure your branding is visually appealing and aligned with your overall theme.

Accessibility and Safety:

Ensure your exhibition layout is accessible for all attendees. Consider wheelchair accessibility, clear signage for emergency exits, and sufficient lighting. Safety should always be a top priority.

Designing an exhibition layout requires a combination of creativity, organisation, and attention to detail. By defining your objectives, considering visitor flow, creating engaging focal points, and providing comfort and amenities, you can create a remarkable experience for both exhibitors and attendees. Remember, every exhibition is a blank canvas waiting for your unique touch.

If you need any support when planning your next exhibition, the PYTCH team are here and ready to help.


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