The 4th Australian Poster Annual asked designers from a variety of backgrounds to respond to this year’s MIDF festival theme – Strength in Numbers. As always, the results are diverse, thought-provoking and often highly politicised! Some work better conceptually than graphically, but all have an interesting take on the theme. I love seeing the sheer variety of responses to the same brief and format constraints… Some of my favourites below:
‘Numbers‘ by Neil Keighley is a simple typographic response to the brief. I really like it – the variation in typefaces and the ‘letterpressed’ effect really work well together. Simple but effective.
Robert Bacchetto’s ‘Strength Formed by Numbers‘ approaches the brief in a similar way, with a completely different outcome. The hand-drawn lines look almost architectural… I’m always a sucker for hand-drawn type. I like the imperfect white background too… that ‘rough photocopy’ look seems to frame the text and give the whole piece a sense of depth.
Isaac O’Neil’s ‘Attempt at Poster Design‘ seems almost tongue-in-cheek… as a response to the brief it baffles me – but I kinda like it! Or maybe I just really like toast.
‘Critical Mass‘ by Andrew Wong of John Wardle Architects is a typically architectural solution to the brief! I like the tactile element… can’t seem to get enough of hand-rendered type. Love the framing too – who would’ve thought to include the lamp and powerpoint in shot? Odd, but it works.
Marie Schultz‘s ‘Strength in Numbers‘ is cheeky but effective. The ‘peace’ sign is such a powerful, universal symbol of hope. Marie won the people’s choice award for the 2007 3rd Poster Annual. (See her 2007 poster here).
Lastly, ‘Solidarity‘ by Mark Gowing is again a simple, graphic solution to the brief. Lovely colours and photography.
Festival-goers can see the exhibition of Poster Annual finalists at BMW Edge, Federation Square from 17th – 27th July. You can also nominate your favourite poster for the People’s Choice award, which in turn will enter you into a draw to win a copy of your selection!