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Positive Posters 2010 – International Poster Competition

I haven’t failed; I’ve had 10,000 ideas that didn’t work – Benjamin Franklin

Positive Posters thinks Mr. Franklin had a nice way of looking at things. So the 2010 competition theme is “A Glass Half Full”. For those who don’t know, this saying refers to optimism. Some people see situations with optimism (Franklin – glass half full), and some see situations with pessimism (glass half empty).

Positive Posters would like you to design a positive poster in response to this year’s theme. Judges will be looking for original concepts, lateral thinking and inspired designs. The poster will be up in Melbourne streets, so keep in mind it should also standout against the city landscape.


The 2010 competition theme is “A Glass Half Full”. Design a positive poster in response to this theme.


After the 10th of September, Positive Posters will review the entries and shortlist 30 posters for inclusion in the exhibition. From this shortlist, 6 international judges will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

  • 1st Place
    • The winning poster will have 3,500 copies printed and pasted up on the streets of Melbourne.
    • Adobe CS5, Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet, IdN Feature Article & Subscription, Spook Mag Subscription, Pantone Colour Bridge, KeepCup
  • 2nd/3rd Place
    • IdN Subscription, KeepCup


  • The annual Positive Poster competition is open to all designers worldwide (whether student, professional or recreational).
  • Entries can be from an individual or a collective (such as a studio).
  • An individual can only have authorship of one poster.
  • If an entrant submits a poster as part of a collective, they cannot submit a poster as an individual as well, and vice-verser.

How to enter?

All entries must be uploaded through the official website. To be eligible entrants must complete all stages of the online entry process:

  1. Design a portrait, CMYK, 300dpi A1 (594 x 841mm) poster responding to the theme: “A Glass Half Full”
  2. Upload a 72dpi A3 (297 x 420mm) version of your poster by 5pm AEST 10 September 2010. It must be in .jpeg format.
  3. Submit a rationale describing how your design solution answers the brief. (100 word max).