Tuesday, April 27, 2010

poster4tomorrow Holding International Poster Design Contest "Death is Not Justice"

An organization in France, poster4tomorrow, is holding a poster design contest around the theme that "the death penalty is not justice. I don’t want it done in my name, my country, or our world".
The call for entires closes on July 18, 2010.
Download the competition rules and regulations here. 
Take a look at the jury here.

They will be holding exhibitions of the winning designs in 100 cities around the world on October 10, 2010. We have emailed them expressing interest in holding an exhibition in a Texas city, since Texas executes more people than any other U.S. state. 

October the 10th 2010 (10/10/10) is the World and European Day against the Death Penalty. On this day we intend to hold 100 exhibitions in 100 cities, curated by 100 local partner organisations. We want to make every exhibition locally relevant by allowing each local team to select part of the posters they want to display.

In this way we hope that every exhibition will become more powerful than was possible last year, as the posters will hopefully relate to, and resonate more powerfully in, every location.

But it's not just about local focus, we plan to encourage exchanges between the various events around the world by recording and streaming the talks given by hosts in different locations.

On the online side of things, we plan to add mapping and other features for anyone to easily explore all the events and take part. For instance, by making it possible for every poster to be freely downloadable, so anyone can hold their own exhibition in their window, school, wherever and everywhere.

The best 100 designs (as selected by the jury) will be exhibited in 100 locations worldwide on October the 10th in the poster for tomorrow 'death is not justice' exhibition.

The best 100 designs will be also be collected and published in a book to be distributed internationally. Every designer of the 100 final posters is entitled to a copy of the book free of charge, but will be asked to cover the postage costs at their own expense. Sorry.

Some of our sponsors have kindly agreed to help us reward the 10 most outstanding designs.
├ętapes magazine will award ten designers, as chosen by the jury, a subscription to the international issue of the magazine.

├ęcole intuit/lab in Paris will award three students, as chosen by the jury, with a free workshop on graphic design.
We’re particularly happy to be able to reward the 10 most outstanding designs, as chosen by the jury, by making them part of the permanent collection of the prestigious design museums in the list below. More design museums are expected to join in the next months.

What are the design requirements?
The designs must be previously unpublished. They must not include any material protected by copyright.
The designs must be portrait (vertical) format posters.What are the file specifications for the posters?
They must be portrait (vertical) format posters.
Please save your designs as RGB colour, JPG files.
File size specifications are 2953×4134 pixels at 150DPI resolution.
Can I submit designs that contain text in languages other than English?
Yes. We encourage you to express yourself freely, which is always done best in your own mother tongue.
Does my poster have to use the brief's text as title or body copy?
No, the brief is there to inspire you, not to provide you with content, so please do not feel obliged its text in your design. If you want to use it, fine. If you want to use your own words, even better.
Do I have to include a logo in my design?
No, you don not have to include any logo in the artwork. Not from our endorsing charities, nor poster for tomorrow itself.

How can I enter my design into the competition?
First of all you have to register (for free) on our website. Look for the "SIGN UP" link in the top left corner of the menu bar.
When you have an account and you're logged into the website, a "MY ACCOUNT" link page will be available from the top menu bar.
Click that link to access your own account page, where you will be able to manage your submissions.
Registering is the only way to ensure your artwork will be considered by the jury.Is there any registration fee?
No. poster for tomorrow is completely, absolutely, 100% free to enter.
We are a team, can we participate?
Yes, but I'm afraid you'll have to register as individual.
One member of your team will have to open an account in his/her own name. When they upload your entries you will be able to add the names of the rest of the team in the submission form.
We are a design studio, can we participate?
Yes, you're more than welcome to participate, but as a creative team or individual, not as a design studio.
So if you're an individual, please enter the contest in your own name. If you're a creative team, please register as normal, then you will be able to add the names of the rest of the team in the submission form when uploading your entries.

How many designs can I enter in the competition?
You’re welcome to submit up to 10 posters. This limit is for technical reasons more than anything else, but we feel 10 poster is enough to give your creativity as much space as it might need.When does the competition close?
The competition closes on July the 18th, 2010.
Designs will be accepted until noon, 12 p.m., (pacific daylight time) on that date.
Is the call for entries available in my own language?
You can see the list of languages in which the call for entries is available in the lefthand column on the home page.
A group of volunteers from around the world is helping us to translate it in many other languages, so it might be available very soon.
Please come back to check to see if your language becomes available.

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