I get excited about things like this because it brings 2 of my passions together – social justice and design. If you’re into either, then Positive Posters is worth checking out! Their annual poster competition allows people to express their own passion for social issues and design, by submitting a poster that reflects an idea or social issue.
“the unrivaled ability of designers to create impact, communicate and spark revolutions”
2 aussies put their heads, and passions together to develop what is now an internationally recognised competition. From their website: “Positive Posters is an Australian-based non-profit organisation that, with our community of designers, aims to raise international awareness for global social issues. We achieve this through an annual poster competition giving our community the opportunity to get together and have their say on a social issue or idea. Our community was founded upon our belief in the unrivaled ability of designers to create impact, communicate and spark revolutions.”
I knew immediately that I wanted to do something to help.
An awesome example of how a poster can create a massive impact is the now well know “Help Japan” poster by Canadian visual artist and designer James White. He says: “When I woke up on the morning after the quake struck Japan I knew immediately that I wanted to do something to help. Being a designer who already runs a well-traveled blog, I decided early on that this would be the vehicle I would use in order to generate funds to donate. Using my abilities to help.” The poster has raised over $19,000 for Japanese disaster relief – awesome! You can get in on the action and order a copy of the poster at the Signalnoise store.
The 2011 competition has just kicked off with call for entries open on August 1st. So if you are into design and want to make a positive impact for a particular social issue, then why not submit an entry – you could even win yourself a prize (not that this would be your motivation!).
Check out the website to enter – www.positive-posters.com