Diag Banner Construction 

  • Banners submitted to SORC for placement on Diag poles must:
    • Be precisely 3 feet tall x 10 feet wide.
    • Be printed on mesh or lightweight fabric; paper is not acceptable.
    • We are phasing out vinyl banners. They are too heavy, and the weight and torque wreaks havoc on the cables and pulleys. We will no longer accept vinyl banners after April 2022. If your banner is made of vinyl, it must have at least 8 ventilation slits cut into it before it is submitted to SORC.  SORC will not cut these slits for you, since the placement of them could affect your message.
    • Have grommets in all four corners and at least one on the top and bottom edge (center).
  • 3-dimensional objects or banners that are significantly larger or smaller than 3x10 feet are not permitted.
  • Advertisers may not, under any circumstances, hang banners on their own.

Design tips

  • Banners submitted to SORC for placement on Diag poles must be 3 feet tall x 10 feet wide. Design your banner in a space that is scaled to 3:10.
  • Successful advertisements are those that are colorful, eye-catching, and concise. Most people are on the go, and they do not have the time (or attention span) to read a lengthy advertisement.
  • Vinyl banners weigh up to three times as much as mesh banners, don't hold up as well in excessive wind and elements, and don't look as good.  The cost of mesh banners continues to go down, while the cost of vinyl banners goes up.  For this reason, we encourage you to purchase mesh banners when financially feasible.  There is not currently a do-it-yourself option for mesh; only for vinyl. 


Professionally Printed Banners

Past SORC customers have shared success stories with us these manufacturers.  Bear in mind that there are many options. 

  • Professionally printed banners cost anywhere from $100-$250. 
    • Call around or check websites for quotes.  Some printers will give you a great deal if they are trying to use up the last of a roll of material.
    • Some printers offer design services as well.
    • Make sure you ask for mesh or lightweight fabric.  Please do not ask for a vinyl banner. Many printers will assume vinyl if you ask for a banner.

University of Michigan Sign Shop

  • Vinyl or mesh (be sure to ask).
  • This is a U of M department so they can bill your shortcode directly.  In fact, shortcode is the only way to pay.
  • They will deliver it to SORC for you.
  • Dustin Gilbert,
  • Production time varies greatly by time of year.

Dollar Bill Copying

Fast Signs (3 miles from campus)  

  • 3510 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor
  • 734-677-1500
  • Delivery terms unknown



Making the Banner Yourself

For those organizations on a tight budget, SORC offers blank banner vinyl, onto which you can trace and paint (or marker) your own design.  You can do this for about 1/4 the cost of a professionally printed banner.

  • A fully-grommeted, blank, white 10-foot banner from SORC costs $41.00.  Markers are available for $1.50-$4.00 (varying sizes).
  • It takes at least 4 hours for design, creation, preparation, and drying time (overnight if you opt for paint instead of marker). Recruit help, and do not procrastinate. 
  • 8-10 1-foot crescent-shaped slits must be cut in banners to allow airflow.    

Materials You Will Need

  • During the closure of the Michigan Union, there is no designated "messy space" to paint Diag boards or banners.  You will have to do this outdoors or in your private residence.  Painting/markering Diag banners is not permitted in the Michigan League.
  • 10-foot blank banners are available at SORC.  Free samples of material are available if you would like to purchase the material elsewhere.  
  • A minimum of six grommets must be installed (all four corners plus one on the top and bottom edge at the midway point).  SORC installs grommets for $1.00 each; they are included if you purchase a pre-cut banner from us.  If you get your banner professionally printed, the cost of grommets is usually included.
  • SORC no longer sells 24-foot vinyl banners for the Michigan Union banner space.  All banners for this space must be professionally printed and must be made of mesh.
  • You may not use tape, staples, contact paper, laminates, or any other adhesive materials. You must use marker or paint directly on the vinyl. Use permanent markers or acrylic latex paint; markers are available at SORC. Paint is available at local craft stores. Vinyl lettered banners made by a professional sign company are also acceptable.
    • Hint: Use markers if your banner is going to stay up for one month or less. With prolonged exposure to the sun, markers will fade. Use paint if your board will be up for more than a month. Painting takes up to 8 times as long.
  • Use acrylic latex paint only.   
    • SORC does not accept banners that have oil-based paint or spray paint.
    • A latex brand of artist paint called Liquitex has a good color selection and dilutes very well. Campus bookstores and major craft stores have a wide selection of colors, but it is important that you choose "opaque" colors rather than "transparent" or "translucent" so that the paint will completely cover the surface. Otherwise, several coats will be necessary and brush marks will show.
    • Craft paint (available for around $1.00 per 2-oz bottle at local craft stores) is generally acceptable but doesn't cover the white vinyl as well as a higher quality artist paint.
    • Tempera paint will wash off in the rain.  Use at your own risk.
  • The simpler the design, the better. Complex designs with great detail can be difficult to trace and paint.