Chicago International Poster Biennial

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Competition Entry Closed

The CIPB student poster design competition is open to all current students of graphic design or related art discipline, anywhere in the world. Posters must be original designs, created in response to the theme.

Design Brief

The theme for the 2010 CIPB Student Poster Competition was suggested by Chicagoan, Lee Crandell. Lee says “I’d love to see a competition to reinvent Chicago’s classic transit posters for today—posters about why it’s great to walk, bike and take transit (transportation that’s green, healthy, affordable and social). Transportation accounts for 1/3 of… greenhouse gases [in the United States]. It would be great to see contemporary aritsts address walking, biking and transit as attractive, modern choices that are more important today than ever before.”

Chicago Travel Posters

During the most prolific poster-making period in Chicago (the early 20th century), transportation and tourism went hand-in-hand as the predominant theme. Posters for the North Shore and South Shore electric rail lines lured urbanites away from the city by portraying the scenic beauty of the countryside. Posters for the Elevated Lines touted various cultural destinations within the city. These posters remain a very visible part of Chicago’s historical visual landscape.

The jury of the Chicago International Poster Biennial would like to see your interpretation of the theme of travel, regardless of where you are or what you believe is the most vital issue regarding transportation that needs to be communicated today. Make a poster about rethinking transportation to impact the environment, individual health, urban infrastructure… anything is possible. Make one, great poster, and send it to us.