Positive Posters 2011 Competition

Deadline: 30 September 2011
Open to: All designers worldwide, individuals and collectives
Prize: First Place: 3,500 + posters distributed in Australia; $1,500 + $1,500 to a charity, Second Place: Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet, Third Place: Safari Living Prize Pack

Positive Posters provides a shared platform that encourages designers to be proactive in shaping important issues. They believe in the ability of the 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.

Case Study — Help Japan

On Friday March 11 2011 Japan was struck by one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history causing widespread devastation to the nation and it’s people. Canadian visual artist and designer James White wanted to help. He acted quickly and his self initiated project, driven by design made a big impact.

“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 design came together very quickly as I wanted something simple, striking and obvious as to what it represented. The Japanese rising sun symbol with a fracture symbolized what had happened, where it happened, and that they need our help. The title “Help Japan” says it all, and is non-specific so the poster could be used for a number of fundraising and charitable events. The image itself took on a life of it’s own after going viral and has helped many other people with their own fundraising efforts. That’s exactly what I wanted the image to represent, a call for help. I received a staggering number of emails in the days after its release from high school kids, companies, charitable organizations, magazines, etc all wanting to use the image for their own initiatives. It traveled all over the world, to places I myself will never see. A person in Toronto sent me a photo of a roughly printed version of the poster that ended up in a Korean grocery store. My “Help Japan” text was replaced and translated, urging people to donate. It was a beautiful example of my design being used to help, and crossed over to another language.”

James’ story is a perfect example of the kind of work we believe in and want to encourage. Use his story
as inspiration when thinking of issues that matter to you.

The ‘Help Japan’ poster has raised over $19,000 for Japanese disaster relief. You can order a copy of the poster at the Signalnoise store.


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).


First Place
3,500+ posters distributed in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
$1,500 + $1,500 to a charity of your choice

Second Place
Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet

Third Place
Safari Living Prize Pack


Entrants must complete all stages of the entry process outlined below:

  1. Design a portrait A1 (594 x 841mm), 300dpi, CMYK poster that responds to the brief
  2. Upload an 842px wide by 1191px high, 72dpi, RGB version of your poster in JPEG format
  3. Submit a rationale (500 character limit) describing how your entry answers the brief

Entrants can submit as many entries as they like. All entries must be submitted online and received by: Friday 5pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time), September 30 2011

Online Entry

The Official Webpage

4 thoughts on “Positive Posters 2011 Competition

  1. Hello!
    I want to take part in the contest but since i am not a professional designer, I don't know if I have to upload a PSD file( standing for CMYK format) or I can upload a pdf file?

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