At the Academy, we believe that diversity in design is essential for a more equitable and innovative world—and our inaugural poster contest shows that the future is bright!
Students from across the Bay Area tapped into their creativity to produce posters on topics that matter to them, revealing a fresh take on everything from climate change to biodiversity. A panel of professional designers selected a winning poster for each theme and an honorable mention for outstanding execution of a core design element. Throughout the contest period, the Academy provided free learning resources to support accessible and ongoing design education.
Congratulations to our contest winners, and thank you to all participants! Winning posters will be displayed in the Academy's Children's Gallery from December 21-January 30, 2022.
Category: My Favorite Academy Exhibit
Artist: Maya Egrie, 10th grade
Title: "Coral Reef"
"I grew up close to the Academy and have been going there for as long as I can remember. My favorite exhibit has always been the Philippine Coral Reef in the aquarium. When I was little, I liked to stand pressed up against the tall glass wall and look up at all the fish and coral. I loved feeling like I was at the bottom of the ocean looking up towards the surface, and I wanted to capture that feeling in my poster."
Category: Envisioning a Bright Future
Artist: Chaoran Zou, 12th grade
"In envisioning a bright future, my poster shows that in the near future, people are protecting the plants and they choose to put them into the bulb. Also, the plants can be used as light bulbs. In this way, this light bulb would light up the whole earth in an eco-friendly way."
Category: The Beauty of Diversity
Artist: Jessica Li, 12th grade
Title: "Fly Into Diversity"
"Diversity is what allows the world and its organisms to grow and flourish. With over 17,500 different species, butterflies appear in all sorts of colors and forms, each carrying a different role in the ecosystem. No matter their size or popularity, each butterfly plays a significant role in conserving rich biodiversity, assisting other organisms in natural processes, and adding beauty to nature. As we fly into diversity, we are encouraged to appreciate the beauty of these butterflies and their impacts on the environment."
Category: Science Call-to-Action
Artist: Audrey Chiang, 11th grade
Title: "926,116 Acres"
"My poster focuses on the impacts of climate change, particularly in California. I wanted to highlight the impacts it has on people's lives and the importance of taking widespread, urgent action to combat it."
Honorable mention: Composition
Artist: Natalie Wong, 11th grade
Title: "Light Up the Depths"
"I love the Water Planet exhibit because it makes me feel like I am underwater, able to reach out and almost touch the aquatic animals. I wanted to capture the atmosphere of the exhibit; the lights from the aquarium cutting through the darkness, revealing the beautiful animals. The jellyfish have always been my favorites, so I made sure to give them the spotlight in my poster. I also wanted to include some of the 'Diversity x Design' prompts, so I made the girl Chinese, representing myself."
Honorable mention: Imagery
Artist: Tan Ieng Huang, 11th grade
Title: "A Piece of the Rainforest"
"Even though the diversity of the rainforest is amazing, I often dream of exploring the jungle in miniature. Giant fungi, frogs, herbs, form a fantasy world. Different kinds of organisms are active in the ecosystem, and different details can be noticed when viewed from this perspective."
Honorable mention: Typography
Artist: Sophie Rong, 10th grade
Title: "Think Big"
"People are often urged to take small steps to combat climate change—whether it be using paper straws or taking shorter showers. However, these actions do little to affect the Earth's increasingly problematic climate situation. In contrast, most pollution comes from companies and their failure to prioritize environmental friendliness. Through this poster, I encourage companies to own up to their actions and think about making bigger efforts to fight climate change."
Honorable mention: Messaging
Artist: Liz Clayson, 12th grade
Title: "Keep San Francisco Groovy"
"This poster is a call to action against the scourge of evictions and for the preservation of San Francisco’s history and culture. I've seen my friends and loved ones struggle with being evicted; these evictions are changing the heart of San Francisco and replacing it with a soulless money machine. It is imperative that we fight these evictions and keep San Francisco Groovy."
Honorable mention: Originality
Artist: Annika Gurnani, 9th grade
Title: "Love Me for Who I Am"
"I chose this topic because there is beauty as well as unity, empathy, and inclusivity in diversity, which we should celebrate every single day. I love music, and Lady Gaga's song 'Hair' inspired me to work on this idea. I wanted to use Illustrator as my art medium, in which I took a class this summer!"
See the winning Diversity x Design posters for each of the themes and honorable mentions for design excellence. On view in the Children’s Gallery through January 30.