Posters That Changed the World

IamMan_v2Yesterday, we talked about the HOW Poster Design Competition & Awards and the categories from music and politics to non-profit and event programs, just to name a few. When it comes to poster design, it’s difficult to limit the genre.

Posters shape our culture and create a narrative about the world. They can influence politics and celebrate iconic figures, but, more often than not, they are simply outlets for personal expression.

What posters have you created that you take great pride in? We would like to see them. The HOW Poster Design Competition & Awards is an opportunity for you to share the posters you’ve created which best represent you, a cause you believe in, a product you have promoted or, perhaps, a poster you created simply for the beauty of creating a poster. Any type of poster is eligible for this competition.

Poster_November_120x240Your posters don’t need to have changed the world in any way, but there have been quite a few over the years that have had historic significance. One poster that comes to mind is the “I Am A Man Poster” from the Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968. The strike was prompted after two black sanitation workers were crushed in the back of a garbage truck. That poster makes a powerful statement.

Then, of course, there is the famous “Obama Hope” poster created by Shepard Fairey which may have influenced an election. But not all posters need to make powerful political statements.
Einsteinv2In March of 1951 Albert Einstein was out celebrating his 72nd birthday when UPI photographer, Arthur Sasse, approached him and asked him to smile. Instead, Einstein turned and stuck out his tongue. Sasse captured it. Today, the poster remains one of the most iconic images of the brilliant scientist. Einstein apparently loved the photo so much he asked for several copies and even signed one for a reporter.

Then there are the posters of famous celebrities, rock stars, teen heart throbs, video game
avatars and countless other objects of affection that we personally embrace.

That’s the beauty of a poster. It can be anything. Serious. Provocative. Sexy. Fun.

Enter your poster today and let’s see what you have. If you are confident in what you’ve created you should feel confident your poster will stack up well with all the other poster entries. You never know. Your poster could be a winner and celebrated on howdesign.com, but, as they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

Enter your poster design today. Inspire. Hurry, the deadline to enter is Nov 1st!

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