25th Students competition : This world we share

14.12.20 TO

Deadline for registration :

2 March 2021, 23:59.

The student competition invites teachers and students to reflect upon the role of graphic design in our contemporary societies – and consequently, invite them to imagine their own stance facing the multiple social issues.

Whether transposed to posters, printed editorial objects or screens, this performative reflection cannot remain abstract and needs to be translated into a communicational object visualizing data, for which the participants implement their know-how and graphic design skills, combining them with information and data from transversal fields of research and interest with, last but not least, the strong will to share this world surrounding us.

For the 25th edition of the student competition of the Biennale de design graphique of Chaumont we invite you to address an issue that is at stake in our societies. This means exploring and making visible and legible facts based on observations by means of data production as opposed to manufacturing fakes.

How can graphic design practice contribute to restoring the focus on social and societal criticism ? How can graphic design tools be used to bring to the knowledge of the greatest number what is for shame called injustice in the light of our consumer schemes?

Associate scientific, economic, sociological or emotional data by using graphic design to shed light on facts, and thus unfold the state of the world to a broad audience to encourage an act that one day may make this world we live in a better place to share.

Any public action arises from a feeling of unbalance, a discrepancy, a lack or trouble perceived with the idea that it can be remediated. Making a statement consists in charting what results from observations, facts, realities. These latter, once collected, need to be encoded by a creative process implementing methods of analytical, sensorial and spatial reasoning.

The outcome, a data visualisation – to be considered as an interpretation due to the choices made in terms of media, graphic elements, composition, titles - serves to decode the data by just as many cognitive and perceptive processes. It is in itself the mirror of its author’s, zits commissioner’s stance and aims at calling for action, reaction.

These production processes requiring knowledge in many different fields such as information technology, specific cognitive sciences as well as graphic design are hence not based on one person’s knowledge but induce a cooperation between very different actors pursuing the common goal in “this world we share”.

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