SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 17, 2021) - The California Academy of Sciences is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Diversity x Design Poster Contest, which invited high school students throughout the Bay Area to design and submit posters celebrating diversity in science. Nine contest posters–four winning theme-based designs and five honorable mentions–will be displayed in the Academy’s Children’s Gallery from December 21, 2021 through January 30, 2022.
For the contest, students from across the Bay Area unleashed their creativity to produce posters on topics that matter to them, revealing fresh takes on everything from climate change to biodiversity. A panel of locally based, internationally renowned professional designers selected winning posters for each of four themes, and honorable mentions for outstanding execution of a core design element. Submissions to the contest were free of charge, and throughout the contest period the Academy’s in-house design team provided free online learning resources to support accessible and ongoing design education.
“Graphics are so much more than just something beautiful to look at – they are a powerful way to share ideas, challenge the status quo, captivate imaginations, and inspire those around us,” said Academy Creative Director Rhonda Rubinstein. “By engaging the next generation of creative minds, not only do we encourage them to see design as a potential career path, but we give them the tools to convey their diverse perspectives and another avenue through which to change the world.”
Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed at the Academy in-person and online. 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. Winners and honorable mention recipients will celebrate their work and receive their prizes at the Academy Children’s Gallery on Tuesday, December 21 at 3pm. Press who are interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTEST WINNERS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS: