CODE : Call for entries international poster design competition, submit your proposal before June 28th !

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The cities of Berlin, Buenos Aires, Kobe, Montréal, Nagoya, Shanghai and Shenzhen invite Montréal designers to enter one or more of six international poster competitions aimed at defining and promoting the identities of these UNESCO Cities of Design.

Every metropolis has its own visual identity, an individual CODE. This competition aims to stimulate creation of posters that, through symbols, forms, colours and stories, express the singular characteristics—the codes—of each UNESCO Cities of Design.

About the CODE competition

The idea for the competition originated with Montréal agency Sid Lee, which, inspired by the theme “Montréal, UNESCO City of Design,” designed and produced a series of posters celebrating that designation in 2006. At the urging of Sid Lee, Create Berlin organized a similar project in 2009, on which the current competition is largely based.

The success of the Montréal and Berlin initiatives has prompted all the UNESCO Cities of Design to repeat the competition, as their first-ever joint project, and to showcase the winning entries in a group exhibition to be held in each city between September 2010 and December 2011.

Entry in each city’s poster design competition is free, anonymous and open to graphic designers, illustrators and photographers—professionals and students—living or working in one of the seven UNESCO Cities of Design. Since Berlin has already held its own competition in 2009 and the winners have been selected, the city is not issuing a new call for entries. Berlin-based designers are, however, invited to submit poster designs to the other cities’ competitions.

Awards and recognition

The 70 selected poster designs will be included in a group exhibition displayed for at least two weeks in each UNESCO City of Design between September 2010 and December 2011. They will also be showcased on the websites of the participating cities.

In addition, each of the seven Grand Prize winners will receive a cash award of US$2,000 and a UNESCO medal.

For further information or to enter the competition

About the CODE Montreal Competition, registration is free but mandatory.
Each entrant must complete the web form on www.realisonsmontreal.com no later than 5 pm local time on June 28th, 2010. Entries must be received electronically no later than noon local time on July 29th, 2010.

For the others cities, visit the websites below :

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