4th Australian Poster Annual preview

by Lucy Feagins
Every year as part of the Melbourne International Design Festival, Federation Square hosts an exhibition of graphic posters designed by Australia’s brightest design stars.

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.

Strength Formed By Numbers_Robert Bacchetto

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.

Attempt at Poster Design_IsaacONeil

Isaac O’Neil’s ‘Attempt at Poster Designseems 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!

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