Say Something Poster Design Contest Winners

The Say Something Poster Project is a poster design contest and gallery show created to give designers the opportunity to create awesome posters to say something that will inspire, motivate and educate teenage kids. HOW has been one of the sponsors of this pro-bono project for the past two years as part of our commitment to encourage design for change.

The top 10 posters will be donated to a non-profit organization and permanently installed in their facility. Posters go through 3 rounds of judging to determine 25 semifinalists and 10 winners. Designers that reach the semifinal and final rounds will be awarded with an assortment of design tools and resources. The top 25 posters will take part in The Poster Show, a gallery show of finalists from The Say Something Poster Project. There is no cost to enter the competition. This year the 10 award-winning posters will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Blue Hill Club, located in Dorchester MA. Their mission is “to help young people, especially those who need us most, build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.”

HOW is proud to showcase the top 10 posters here:

poster design contest winner
It Doesn’t Matter How Slow You Go, As Long As You Don’t Stop
By Matt Hunsberger
Danbury, CT
“Even small steps in the right direction can add up and make a big difference in the long run. As long as you keep working toward your dreams and goals, even if it’s just a few minutes each day, you can achieve them.”

poster design context winner
Different is Good
By Stephen Bramwell
New York, NY
“I had a daughter in 2010, and one of the best lessons that I can give her is that it’s okay to be different. Be strong. Be different. Be yourself.”

poster design contest winner
be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder
By Olivea Pearl Kelly
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
“BE A LAMP; shed light, help someone understand BE A LIFEBOAT; save a life, be there in a time of need BE A LADDER; help out, reach new heights”

poster design contest winner
By Joseph Alessio
Oakland, MI
“So many live without the slightest idea of what they wish to accomplish with their life. Instead, make an impact by choosing a destination and working towards it rather than realizing too late that you have been going in circles for decades.”

poster design contest winner
By Phil Pham
Peabody, MA
“When you can’t succeed by yourself, don’t give up. Remember to collaborate with those who can help you achieve goals.”

poster design contest winner
By Lisa Wallace
Berkley, MI
“It is easy to forget to smile when things are not going your way. Next time, try it…it helps.”

poster design contest winner
By Lindsay Henry
Canton, MI
“I wanted to share a message of hope and possibility that can come out of even the most hopeless circumstances. Chalk being essentially dust, it seemed like the right medium for this message”

design contest winner
Point of View
By Dan Shin
Brooklyn, New York
“Sometimes, the best ideas are right in front of you—as long as you choose to see them.”

poster design contest winner
9 Ways
By Jacob Fletcher
Brighton, Massachusetts
“There will always be optimists and pessimists. This poster embraces not just optimism but the many avenues through which optimism can be experienced. Nine different ways to view a glass of water, all of them half-full.”

poster design contest winner
Free Your Mind
By Brigid Griffin
Boston, Massachusetts
“I was inspired by a video I watched on the process of tall painting. The way the paint gracefully poured down inspired me to fluidly hand-draw all of these elements in order to convey a free feeling, encouraging others to open their minds.”

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