100 Poster Battle, 2020–2021


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A poster should invite, communicate, inform, convince, and also provoke. If a viewer feels addressed, a poster is able to influence his or her decisions through text and image.

Now what if you undertook designing one poster a day for a hundred days, for the span of a semester? What if the work you did was inspired by daily events from politics and current affairs? Would you aim to try out different techniques and explore the limits of conventional tools?

In the end, this collection of 100 days of poster design reads like a diary by students studying with Lars Harmsen at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Produced during the coronavirus pandemic, students explore both digital and analog poster design possibilities, creating original compositions and graphic that have been bound together here after being organized thematically.

The works document the the pandemic and its consequences for culture, society and education as well as the events and historic moments that marked 2020-2021: the tweets of Trump, the US elections, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, pro-democracy demonstrations in Thailand, climate goals 2030, and a slate of climate crisis facts (the shrinking of Mt. Everest, the eruption of the Sakurajima volcano in Japan). The collection becomes a potent document of young people's responses to the social, political, and environmental landscape at the beginning of the 21st century.

Text by Lars Harmsen
Edited by Tom Barbereau

Art directed by the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences
Under the supervision of Professor Lars Harmsen

Designed by Chantal Dübel, Claudia Müller, Janine Krause, Nina Kallerhoff, Saeeda Shabbir, and Sinan Akpinar

Published by Slanted Publishers, 2021

Softcover, 244 pages, full color,

ISBN: 978-3-94-844029-9

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