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June 12th, 2010

TEDxOilSpill Poster Competition

In order to raise awareness of the issues being discussed at TEDxOilSpill, we are holding a poster competition for designers. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

Design a social issues poster which addresses one or more or any combination of the following questions or ideas:

– Exploring new ideas for our energy future.
– Show ways we can mitigate the current crisis in the Gulf or how to help, prevent, or consider it anew.
– Interpret the disaster visually. The impact on humans, wildlife, cultures, economies.
– The poster can be about the response, the cause, the consequences or something you add to the larger global discussion on offshore drilling and the impact of burning oil for energy and production of petroleum based products — like plastic on the environment and the oceans.
– Something related to the national emergency in the Gulf of Mexico or a broader energy issues concept that you develop.

Please design a poster that is 28.5 x 21.5 inches vertical format.

Convert your final design to jpeg format and upload it to:

You will need a free Flickr account to add the photo to the group. Please type your e-mail address in the comments of your image.

Poster entry requirements:

– Previously unpublished artwork
– 28.5 x 21.5 inches vertical format poster
– File dimension 3225×4275 pixels
– File resolution 150 DPI
– File color space RGB
– File format JPG (not progressive)
– File size smaller than 4MB

Submissions will be accepted until 9:00 PM (EST time) June 23, 2010.

Be sure to name the entry file YOUR name like jack_smith1.jpeg or jones_design.jpeg NOT TEDxposter or poster.jpeg

If your poster is picked for display, we will contact you for a PDF version at full size. Please convert fonts to outlines on a copy of your original file before making it a PDF. This ensures reproduction of your specific typefaces.

Note: There is no fee to enter. There are no awards or prizes of any value for having work picked. Just a good feeling of accomplishment and we’ll show your poster at TEDxOilSpill. This is not a scientific poster.

Confirmed Judges:

Ellen Lupton is the co-director of the graphic design MFA program at MICA in Baltimore and curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.

Aaris Sherin is a designer and associate professor of graphic design at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Sherin’s writing and research focuses on the history of women in graphic design and is the author of SustainAble: A Handbook of Materials and Applications for Graphic Designers and Their Clients (Design Field Guide) from Rockport Press.

Scott Stowell is an award winning graphic designer from New York City where his studio, Open, does design and identity design work for a variety of clients in print and motion graphics. Scott lectures and writes about design and teaches at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts. In 2008 Scott was awarded the Smithsonian’s National Design Award for Communication Design.

Nancy Skolos is a partner with her husband Tom Wedell in their award winning design firm Skolos + Wedell. Posters designed by Nancy and Tom have won numerous awards and are in the collections of design museums world wide including MOMA and museums throughout Europe. A poster they designed was recently awarded a gold medal at the Polish Poster Biennial 2010. They both teach graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Competition concept, development, and organizer: Joseph Coates

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June 28, 2010
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