Motivational posters are one of those uncanny cultural touchstones that have become so deeply intertwined with irony that they're practically parodies of themselves these days. Still, Wikipedia notes that they can have a measurable impact on behavior, and, given the current state of the world—symbolized by grassroots movements such as Occupy Wall Street—we're long overdue for positive messaging for posterity.
This is precisely the brief for The Say Something Project's second poster competition, "This Way Forward."The Say Something Poster Project is a poster design competition and gallery show created to give designers the opportunity to "say something" that will inspire, motivate and educate the next generation.
Reflect on recent times and analyze the many significant events that have occurred throughout the world or within your life.
You are free to choose the subject matter—environmental, economical, political, personal, etc.—however, the successful poster will focus on the "Why" or the "How" behind an event and turn it into a teaching moment...
Your message should be presented in such a way that it is understood and appreciated by young adults, ages 16 to 25. Consider this your target audience.
Judging will occur over the course of three stages: a first pass of online voting to narrow the field to 100 designs, from which a panel of esteemed judges will select 25 semifinalists for a public gallery exhibition. The ten winners will be selected from another vote, conducted in person at the Poster Show. All 25 semifinalists will receivea full-size print of their poster design; the ten winners' designs will be permanently installed at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, plus design-related prizes courtesy of Rockport publishing, Communication Arts and HOW magazines, and Thinkstock.