Big Plans for Season Three

So it’s been a few months since our Season Two Finalists were announced. You, the Say Something Community, may have thought we were taking a much-needed and deserved vacation. Not so, my friends! We’ve been hard at work dissecting our last season, setting new goals and planning the third year of the Poster Project.

Asking Youth First

In the past, much of our focus has gone toward the Call For Entries and judging process. As we talked about improving the third season, we realized how much we didn’t know about the youth perspective or what messages they wanted to see in the posters they received. We quickly decided that to have more impact (a fundamental goal of Season Three) we needed to incorporate the youth perspective from the very beginning of our season.

A Restructured Season

Our third season will start with an “Engaging Youth” period. We will work with teenagers/young adults to craft a theme and give them the first opportunity to share their opinions. From there, we will engage the creative community to be “collaborators” and translate youth-generated content (speeches, poems, videos, drawings, etc…) into engaging and impactful posters.

Additionally we will increase outreach to engage independent artists, design agencies and organizations to form a strong community of poster submissions. These efforts will culminate in a one-day “Poster Summit” where designers, youth from surrounding communities, and professionals working in youth services will share their views on youth issues and the future of art and design.

Adjusting our Timeline

What was formally known as our Call For Entries period will not take place in the fall. Instead, a Call for Collaborators will open in spring of 2013. With this adjusted timeline, we will make sure to announce all the important information in advance (and for those of you operating on a academic calendar, we will make sure not to conflict with your finals)!

The Poster Show 2012–Boston Recap

This past Saturday, February 25th, was the Boston leg of the Poster Show 2012 (next Thursday March 8th will be our second event held in LA). We learned a few things from our event last year (we didn’t even come close to running out of voting cards!) and we tried plenty of new things this year that really added a lot to the experience. Those of you just looking to find out the Boston Top 10 have already scrolled down, so read on to see some highlights from installation and the big night!

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The Poster Show 2012

Sponsored by: VitaminWater

We believe posters can make the world a better place. Here’s how:

By transforming our surroundings with small nuggets of creative inspiration and empowering messages, posters fuel our imagination and help us go about the work of change, progress and making ideas happen.

The Say Something Poster Project was created as a platform for generating positive message posters. Through our design competition we have sought after posters that inspire, motivate, and educate. After receiving over 150 posters through our season 2 Call-for-Entries, we are hosting our 2nd annual Poster Show featuring the Top 25 semifinalists.

During our gallery events, attendees will have the chance to determine the Top 10 winning posters through live voting. Copies of the winning posters will be donated to our non-profit beneficiary (The Blue Hills Boys & Girls Club of Boston) to be used as tools for counseling and educational activates.

EVENT DATES

Boston: Saturday February 25, 2012 @ Fourth Wall Gallery. 7:25pm – 11:25pm
RSVP herehttp://thepostershow2012bos.eventbrite.com/

Los Angeles:
Thursday March 8th, 2012 @ Think Tank Gallery. 7:25pm – 11:25pm
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Finally, Your Season 2 Top 25!

We know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats waiting for this announcement, so we won’t mince words. The Top 25 finalists for season 2 of The Say Something Poster Project (in no particular order) are: Continue reading »

Season 2 Panel Judging Day

After months of receiving posters through our season 2 Call-for-Entries, the time finally came for our panel of judges to do their part and decide which posters would move on to the next round.

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Online Voting Is Now Closed

Happy New Year!

Let us be among the first to wish you the very best for the New Year. Thank you all for your amazing work and for once again proving that design can be a powerful force in bringing people together around a common good.

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Season One Finalists Share Their Thoughts

Last year was the first season of The Say Something Poster Project. We learned a lot from our first season and wanted to find out what some of last year’s finalists learned from their experiences. We reached out to a few of the designers who submitted work to both our first and current seasons to see what they had to say.

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The Peanut Gallery

WHAT IS THE PEANUT GALLERY?

Would you like to be one of three lucky contestants to witness the judges panel determine the top 25 posters?

If you have nerves of steel, and you’re available to be in Boston on Saturday, January 7th, you can be part of our “Peanut Gallery” and spend the day with us and our four judges as they decide which posters are worthy of making it into the Top 25.

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20×20 Presentation at Pecha Kucha 25

PechaKucha, from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, is a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. PechaKucha presentations are meant to be a fast and powerful medium for communication. At Boston’s 25th PechaKucha event on November 15, SSPP’s very own Jason Stevens explained in 400 seconds what posters mean to him, to at-risk youth, and why you should contribute to the Say Something Poster Project.

Our first Christmas card

We received a pleasant surprise a few days ago when I checked the mail and noticed a Christmas card addressed to The Say Something Poster Project.

At first first glance I thought it was meant for one of the non-profit organizations we work with but after reading the opening line- Dear Say Something Poster Project Friends- a huge smile came to my face.

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What would you say with Wes McWhorter

Over the last several months we asked a variety of people to take part in our second annual poster design competition in an unconventional way. Instead of asking them to create a poster, we’ve asked individuals to respond to the design brief in an interview format. We gave them one question and the freedom to explore the topic in any way they like.

Below is the response from Wes McWhorterAIGA New Orleans president.

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What Would You Say with Colleen Hill

Over the last several months we asked a variety of people to take part in our second annual poster design competition in an unconventional way. Instead of asking them to create a poster, we’ve asked individuals to respond to the design brief in an interview format. We gave them one question and the freedom to explore the topic in any way they like.

Below is the response from Colleen Hill, AIGA Detroit president.

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What would you say with Angelica Rabang

Over the last several months we asked a variety of people to take part in our second annual poster design competition in an unconventional way. Instead of asking them to create a poster, we’ve asked individuals to respond to the design brief in an interview format. We gave them one question and the freedom to explore the topic in any way they like.

Below is the response from Angelica Rabang, AIGA Honolulu president.

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What Would You Say with Seth Johnson

Over the last several months we asked a variety of people to take part in our second annual poster design competition in an unconventional way. Instead of asking them to create a poster, we’ve asked individuals to respond to the design brief in an interview format. We gave them one question and the freedom to explore the topic in any way they like.

Below is the response from Seth Johnson, AIGA Minnesota president.

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What Would You Say with Erin Bender

Over the last several months we asked a variety of people to contribute to our second annual poster design competition in an unconventional way. Instead of asking them to create a poster, we asked individuals to respond to the design brief in an interview format. We gave them one question and the freedom to explore the topic in any way they like.

Below is the response from Erin Bender, AIGA Austin president.

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Guest Post by Ira F. Cummings

I have been very privileged in my lifetime to know and work
with some really great individuals. Although they are a particularly diverse group, there are a few qualities that they share; among them are honesty, integrity, and a desire to do good work. The attribute that I most appreciate, however, is their boundless generosity. On occasions when I have needed something—whether it’s guidance, feedback or a reference—these individuals have never hesitated when asked to go out on a limb for me.

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