Diversity x Design Poster Contest
Design is all around us, from the device you're reading this on to the tree you might be sitting under. Behind the scenes of the Academy are people who spend all day immersed in design, whether it's researching the structure of a spiderweb or creating graphic panels to captivate visitors. Creative Studio, the Academy’s in-house team of designers, believes that graphics are a powerful way to share ideas, influence others, and create beauty. We hope this contest inspires you to think of design not only as an exciting career path, but a way to change the world.
Because the design and science worlds do not adequately reflect our diverse communities, we especially encourage submissions from anyone who self-identifies as Indigenous, Black, Hispanic, or Latino/a—although all students are welcome to participate.
Diversity x Design is a contest organized by the Creative Studio at California Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Inneract Project.
About the contest
Bay Area high school students living in or attending school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma County are invited to create a poster that celebrates diversity in science, focused on one of five themes:
- The beauty of diversity
- My favorite Academy exhibit
- Including me in science
- Envisioning a bright future
- Science call-to-action
The contest runs from April 7 through September 7, 2021, and results will be announced in October.
About the prizes
There will be one winner for each of the five poster themes and one honorable mention for each of the five design criteria. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed at the Academy and on our website. Winners will receive a large print of their poster, a $100 gift card, and a one-year Academy family membership. Honorable mentions will receive a large print of their poster and four tickets to the Academy.
Meet our judges
Some of the most talented designers in the world work in San Francisco—and we've invited five of them to serve as contest judges. Plus, if you register, you’ll be invited to attend inspiring virtual workshops with these designers.
Creative Director, Design is Play
Senior Adjunct Professor, CCA
Designer, Code for America
Education and Outreach, Inneract Project
Design Director, SFMOMA
UX and Visual Designer, Spotify
Founder, Where are the Black Designers?
Illustrator and Graphic Journalist
Co-founder, Women Who Draw