FK chats to Nick Hallam about his very worthy cause, Positive Posters.
Tell us about Positive Posters and what its all about?
Positive Posters is a non-profit organization the holds an annual poster design competition target at graphic designers about global issues. Our aim is to help highlight and uncover serious issues that are worth of our attention and to promote the graphic designs and the industry.
How did you get started and what was the motivation?
Our beginnings were very humble. A few of us got together in April 2009 in small office in Melbourne’s CBD and discussed the idea of starting an organization that could use design as a way of helping raise more awareness for the things we thought were important (education, homelessness, political corruption etc.) The motivation came from several discussions between co-founder Matt Donnazzan and myself. We decided that we felt disconnected from a lot of the serious issues that were happening around the world and we wanted to try and find a creative way of connecting with them and then try to do something to help.
Tell us about your comp and how can we get involved?
The competition happens once a year. Entrants are given one month to digest the brief and then the competition is open for two months. At the end, our team chooses the 30 posters that we think best respond to the brief and then five international judges choose a top 3 with the winning poster being pasted up on city streets in Melbourne and Sydney.
Can you send us all the relevant info and the brief.
Positive Posters provides a shared platform that encourages designers to be proactive in shaping important issues. We believe in the ability of design to inspire minds, change attitudes and spark revolutions.
The 2011 Positive Posters brief asks you to design a poster that highlights or exposes an issue specific
to your own country, someone else’s or one that is international. It could be social, environmental or political; anything that you believe deserves a global audience and could be better seen or understood.
This is an opportunity for you to make a positive contribution towards an issue by presenting it to a global audience. We don’t want to tell you what’s important; we’d like you to tell us what’s important to you.
September 30: Call for entries closes 5pm. Entry is free! The annual Positive Posters competition is open to all designers worldwide, individuals (students and professionals) and collectives (e.g. studios/agencies/collaborations)
3,500+ posters distributed in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
$1,500 + $1,500 to a charity of your choice