Ferhat Tunc-Turkey, Aslihan Tatligil-Turkey and Johanna Pedarnig-Germany are the winners of this year Skopje Poster / International Student Poster Competition on entitled ‘Design for Peace’. Those three authors will be awarded with organisation of theirs exhibition and taking part of the jury selection in the next year 8th Skopje Poster! They also are recognized with Icograda approved certificate.Evrim Aktepe received the Icograda excellence award and honourable mentions were as follows Zhang Yichi-China, Marija Dimitrievska-Macedonia, Mary Yudina-Russia, Amadeus Fronk-Germany, Megan M. Brajkovich-USA, Minliang Li-China and Hrant Petorsyan-Armenia.
This year jury included famous Davor Brutketa from Croatia, creative director at one of the most awarded independent agencies Bruketa&Zinic, Iva Babaja, president of Icograda, Aysegul Izer from Turkey, Head of Graphic Design Department in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Kostadin Tanchev – Dinka from Macedonia, one of the most famous Macedonian designers. Selection was very difficult as 2023 student posters were received from 44 countries around the world.
This year motto Design for Peace was inspiring to many students, and as Skopje poster official state, “we need more student projects as they are the engine of the design of the tomorrow”!Before the Skopje Poster Festival took place organisers from Plakart gathered kids and professional designers to work mutually on the design messages on peace. The result was 15 kids drawings and messages used by the professionals to make ‘Design for Peace’ posters.
Within the Skopje Poster Festival Regional Design Conference had been held on the issue ‘State of the Design on the Balkans and Its Integration in the Educational Processes’. This conference was the initiated in order to gather around the most difficult problems of designers in the Balkan region and in order to find answers how to be competitive to Western Europe design associations and what is the model for Balkan designers to receive as more benefits from both Icograda and regional and homeland initiatives. Along the above mentioned Iva Babaja, Davor Bruketa, Aysegul Izer and Kostadin Tanchev in the conference took part also Borut Vild from Serbia, initiator and participant of more than 100 international and domestic design related projects and Mila Melank, Secretary General of ULUPUBIH – Association of Applied Artist and Graphic Designers B&H.
“The design has time context . So by imposing certain conditions by bring additional frameworks to design does not work. The design is an artifact , the poster is an artifact which operates out of time and without a longitude and latitude. So it very often lead to a situation that we designers refuse job assignments because we feel that we are not given the proper design freedom expression” said Laze Tripkov of Association ” Plakart, organisers of Skopje Poster Festival/ International Student Poster Competition.
Skopje Poster is probably the first student project that organises and delivers longest exhibitions in terms of duration. The 7th Skopje Poster finalist exhibition was open on Friday the 5th and it will be open for visitor until 20th of December. Before the start of the Skopje Poster Festival Laze Tripkov had his solo exhibition at the same place which makes it a month of poster in Skopje.
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