From digital billboards to cell phone videos, it seems that media are constantly finding newer and more advanced ways of gaining—and sometimes stealing—our attention. (Dang pop-up windows.) However, a well-designed poster can be appreciated both as a form of communication and as a public art form.
Designers from over 40 countries submitted their works to the first Chicago International Poster Biennial earlier this year. Via the contest, the not-for profit organization hoped to promote outdoor visual arts, international communication, and articulation of important social, political, and economic issues.
From thousands of entries, an 11-person jury announced 127 finalists in July. These eleven people consisted of world-renowned poster designers, including John Massey from Chicago, Michel Bouvet of France, Shigeo Fukuda of Japan, and Yossi Lemel of Israel. (A full list of the jurors and their works can be found here.)
This month, thirty-one winners were declared and their incredible posters are currently on display at Daley Bicentennial Park until October 29. For a sneak peek, Design Observer, one of the official sponsors, provides an online slideshow.