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The Poster Winners are…

Remember the poster competition? Yeah, that one, the one where we bashed students, lamented the finalist selections and bitched and moaned for a while? (Of course, that was all part of the fun).

After some deliberation the winners have finally been selected. Each judge was asked to select one poster and that is what they did alright. The following are each judge’s choice, accompanied by their reasoning for selecting it.

Art Chantry’s Choice / No. 137 / By Tristan Benedict-Hall


Judge’s comment: “I chose this poster from the scores of great work because I like its simple direct approach. It takes a really great quote (one that I rather identify with on a personal level) and does justice to it through utilizing typography AS illustration, rather than putting a caption to a ‘picture’. The obscure and eminently illegibly legible image says it all, this could actually stand as a sort of definition of graphic design. The intensely hand-rendered treatment appeals to my misanthropic and iconoclastic relationship with the current level of technology in design as well. It appears to completely sidestep the computer as a design tool. That’s a strategy that I think we all might examine in the future. This poster and its message is entirely antagonistic without having to resort to being clever. I only wish that the color was thought through a bit more. I think a nice flesh tone would have put it over the top — given it a lot of ‘guts’. (heh. heh.)”

Ellen Lupton’s Choice / No. 86 / By Jeff Gill


Judge’s comment: “This poster is both dark and optimistic. I like the fact that it depicts design as a social exchange. It is visually strong and direct, while also being oddly recessive and laid back. It asks us to consider the relevance and consequences of the statement at the center of the poster, rather than slamming us with a definitive message. Sometimes, text is more powerful when it’s small.”

James Victore’s Choice / No. 60 / By Bernie Roessler


Judge’s comment: “On it’s own, I feel it is a very simple idea played out elegantly. I think it is a nice answer for a web-inspired competition.”

Viewers’ choice / No. 130 / By Spencer Fruhling


From Veer and Speak Up, we congratulate all the winners! We will start production on these posters as soon as humanly possible and we will have them up for sale for the Holiday season hopefully.

PS. Next week we will put names to every poster in the voting den, and we will have posts (i.e., Critique for 01-50, Critique for 51-100, etc.) for some good ol’ critique. This is, after all, still a learning experience for everyone.

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.03.2004 BY Bryony & Armin
Armin’s comment is:

I personally want to sincerely THANK everyone who participated in this. Your effort, time and creativity made this contest a success. I can't thank you enough for your contributions.

I will also, eventually, throw out there the four posters I would have picked. Just to add to the discussion.

Again, many, many thanks.

On Nov.03.2004 at 09:59 AM
Daniel’s comment is:

Nice work Tristan; Bravo.

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:14 AM
Ragnar Freyr’s comment is:


Very nice posters everybody.

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:15 AM
sheepstealer’s comment is:

This isn't exactly on topic, but it is about posters. Last night on NBC they mentioned the effect that BLOGs had on the election and they talked to some of the political BLOG leaders. Behind the BLOG crew, if I'm not mistaken, were a bunch of AIGA "Bring out the vote" posters. Nice work AIGA for bringing design to the forefront of the national consciousness.

(Please don't let my comment turn this string into a political rant, It's all about the posters and the AIGA.)

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:18 AM
Michael Surtees’s comment is:

Great job Bernie! (and to the others - congrats)

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:24 AM
Tan’s comment is:

Congrats to the winners. Nice job!

Armin, I'm curious to know the author identities of many of the other posters. When can you reveal?

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:25 AM
Tan’s comment is:

sorry, nevermind...I just read your ps. that answered my question.

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:28 AM
Daniel’s comment is:

Please don't let my comment turn this string into a political rant, It's all about the posters and the AIGA.

Instead, pop over and have a look if you have not yet done so.

Get Out The Vote

NPR's All Things Considered did a small clip on Political Design that focused on the AIGA Get Out The Vote posters as well.

On Nov.03.2004 at 10:29 AM
Bryony’s comment is:

This has been a great experience and those who submitted should be thanked, as well as all of you who participated in the process.




On Nov.03.2004 at 10:53 AM
marian’s comment is:

Congrats Tristan, Jeff, Bernie and Spencer. You know what's weird is I don't remember seeing Jeff's poster. Maybe I just have a poor memory; maybe there were too many posters to comprehend.

On Nov.03.2004 at 11:11 AM
Michael H.’s comment is:

Indeed. Congratulations to all the winners, all those that participated, and to Armin and Bryony for pulling this off in such a successful manner.

On Nov.03.2004 at 11:15 AM
Greg’s comment is:

Can we give some fake awards? I nominate mine for "poorest execution." Also, I'm a write-in for "worst typography."

That should be enough to let you figure out which one it is. Since you're all probably hanging on the edge of your seats and all.

BTW...congrats to Pres. Bush. Your next task: uniting a ridiculously divided nation. Good luck.

On Nov.03.2004 at 11:45 AM
DesignMaven’s comment is:

Congrats to all Winners.

Especially to Jeff Gill.

I'm proud and in AWE.

Marian. Kudos for winning the contest at Design Camp.

Now, I need a STIFF GODDAMN DRINK. Because, I'll be fifty four when Dubya gets out of the Whitehouse.

Is there no Justice.

I don't even Drink.

Back to my Retreat !!!!!!

On Nov.03.2004 at 12:08 PM
Rick’s comment is:

Wow! Much like the other voting thing that just happened, this didn't go at ALL the way I'd imagined it would!

Congrats to the winners - nice work, good job, you deserve it.

Congrats, too, to everyone else who participated and commented and complained and complimented. This was a great contest. Thanks, Armin and Bryony.

On Nov.03.2004 at 12:11 PM
Nary’s comment is:

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

Armin & Bryony:

thank you so much for putting this on. it was lotsa fun - i especially loved seeing the variety of beautiful/thoughtful/colorful work.

nice job, everyone. i can't wait to see who did what.

On Nov.03.2004 at 01:07 PM
Jeff Gill’s comment is:


I've never won anything before, so forgive me if I screw up on the gratefulness etiquette.

Congratulations, Tristan, Bernie & Spencer! I'm looking forward to having your posters on my wall.

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

Armin & Bryony, thank you again for the contest.

Ms. Lupton, thank you so much for choosing my poster! It is very gratifying & affirming when someone, especially a notable & important someone, really "gets" your work without needing an explanation.

Mr Maven, you are too kind.

Marian, the reason you don't remember seeing my poster is that it is "oddly recessive and laid back."

On Nov.03.2004 at 02:27 PM
Nick Fr´┐Żhling’s comment is:

You know what's weird is I don't remember seeing Jeff's poster.

That makes two of us, Marian.

Not that there's anything wrong with it, I just don't remember seeing it either.

On Nov.03.2004 at 02:59 PM
Tristan Benedict-Hall’s comment is:

This was a really great experience for me; just being able to compete with such a wide array of talented designers was wonderful. I am a student in the class that participated in this contest, I think that it was a great experience to take the work outside of the classroom and get new perspectives on the posters; I look forward to the further critiques of the submitted work.

There were a number of posters that I would have been happy to put up on my wall, I know it was extremely difficult for me to pick one in the popular vote. I am still in shock that mine was chosen, I wasn’t sure how it would be received, and it being chosen by Art Chantry, a designer whose work I have admired since getting into graphic design is also quite an honor.

Congratulations to the other winners, Jeff, Bernie, and Spencer. I also am really excited that I am going to get a copy of your posters, awesome work.

Thanks for the kind words, I learned a lot in this process and am happy that I even had the chance to participate.

On Nov.03.2004 at 03:50 PM
Michael H.’s comment is:

I saw it and I remember distinctly liking it, but because it wasn't a powerful poster (I was looking for one to have a strong/powerful message) I didn't vote for it.

Nevertheless, congrats Jeff. Being chosen a winner by (and recieving praise from) Ellen Lupton is boast-worthy. Live it up man.

On Nov.03.2004 at 03:50 PM
marian’s comment is:

Marian, the reason you don't remember seeing my poster is that it is "oddly recessive and laid back.


No, it's funny, I like it. I like the way the kid sounds so sulky.

But I did suffer from overload at the time, and a while ago when Tan and Debbie were describing their posters to me, I couldn't for the life of me picture them. So it made me wonder a bit about the process, how you could analyze them all in bite-sized chunks. This is, of course, incredibly common in the competition process.

On Nov.03.2004 at 04:42 PM
Ahrum Hong’s comment is:

Funny about Tristan's poster how its thumbnail makes the type seem fairly obvious and legible; not the case in the larger clik-thru version... makes me wonder what that looks like poster-scale. But, wait, is this on to the critique portion? My apologeees...

On Nov.03.2004 at 04:52 PM
Tristan Benedict-Hall’s comment is:


It is my opinion that viewing my poster online doesnt really do it justice, as is the case with most of the posters I am sure.

When you see it fullsize, I think it is much more difficult to read the message, you really have to back up to see it, I wanted to try and instigate interaction between the viewer and the poster. I thought it made sense pertaining to the message, you have to look at it differently in order to get the message.

On Nov.03.2004 at 05:24 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Tristan's poster will require a lot of squinting from its audience. And that's a good thing!

On Nov.03.2004 at 05:27 PM
Armin’s comment is:

Oh, and it definitely works with Chris Simmons 20/10/1 rule, it looks great at 20 ft, then at 10 ft you start seeing the message and at 1 ft you can bask in the detail. Again, that's a good thing!

On Nov.03.2004 at 05:29 PM
Chris Dunn’s comment is:

Congratulations to the Winners and to all those who participated (myself included) YEEHAW!

On Nov.03.2004 at 06:15 PM
keith mc cord’s comment is:

congrats to all the winners...

like some others, i don't remember seeing jeff gill's poster, but if the lovely and talented Ellen Lupton, the head my home away from home, the MICA Graphic Design department, chose it then it must be worthy. As for Tristan...i knew yours was a winner from the moment i saw it in class (i voted for it in the popular vote second round) Ill save my comments for Bernie for the critique section, and i think ive already made a few comments on spencer's poster when it was first announced.

again, thanks to armin and byrony for hosting this little contest, and im looking foward to getting some critique when all the names go up, and for next year! (when i will no longer be considered a "student")

On Nov.04.2004 at 01:22 AM
Ellen Lupton’s comment is:

I want everyone to know that Tristan Benedict-Hall, whose poster was selected by the great Art Chantry, is a student at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He participated in this competition along with a whole class of students, under the direction of their teacher, Jennifer Phillips. The class did an awesome job, and we are so proud of Tristan and the rest of our students.

I am director of the grad program at MICA (and one of the competition's judges). I was completely hands-off and in-the-dark about what this undergrad class was doing for the competition.

Keep building the discourse!

On Nov.04.2004 at 08:59 AM
amanda’s comment is:

Great job everyone!

Congrats to the winners but a special congrats to a local winner, Bernie! You make your fellow Edmontonian's proud.

On Nov.04.2004 at 11:16 AM
CCHS’s comment is:


Worth noting are the judges articulate and insightful comments for each selection. They should set the bar for our own critiques.

On Nov.04.2004 at 12:46 PM
Aaron’s comment is:

the hell in a bobled poster is awesome, I definately want one of those.

On Nov.04.2004 at 09:28 PM
Rob’s comment is:

...Tristan Benedict-Hall, whose poster was selected by the great Art Chantry, is a student at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore...direction of their teacher, Jennifer Phillips...are so proud of Tristan and the rest of our students.

I'll admit my bias here, but hats off to the MICA students and their fabulous, awesomse, awe inspiring instructor. (She's the toughest teacher I ever had and I would take her classes again in a minute). And of course, special congratulations to Tristan for having done a fabulous job and getting selected by such an esteemed designer in his own right, Art Chantry.

I don't think it's too much a stretch, not taking anything away from Tristan, to say that great design educators can inspire great design. Most, if not all, of us have designers and design educators that have inspired and influenced our work. And it's great to see the results in action in this particular venue.

On Nov.05.2004 at 03:47 PM
Sofia’s comment is:

Congratulations, all.

I look forward to designing posters in the future. I've only just started getting into Photoshop. (I'm a student). If you would like to see samples of two of my latest works, click the link below. They are in the first entry.



On Nov.08.2004 at 05:53 PM