Poster Call for Entries! “Nicosia, the city of Utopia” by Graphic Stories Cyprus

“Nicosia, the city of Utopia”
International poster competition by Graphic Stories Cyprus

Create and view your own printed postal card.
Participate in the poster competition.

Graphic Stories Cyprus invites higher education students and professionals visual communication designers to create and view printed their own card postal and also to take part in the international poster competition entitled “Nicosia, the city of Utopia”. The competition is part of the 3rd Visual Communication Designers Meeting in Cyprus that will take place the weekend between 10-12 of March 2017. The winners will receive €2000 total worth of prizes.

The creative idea

The creative idea, conserning the design of the poster, is based on the unique architectural identity of the fortification walls of Nicosia. The castle that surrounds the city was built by the Venetians, in the form it has today, based on Julio Savorgnano’s plans during the late Renaissance era. The circular structure of the walls and the geometrical harmony of the final version of the design imply unity and fullness of the city and define the fundamental space not only for the sacred, but also for the popular buildings. During that era many similar structures, such as the walls of Palmanova in north-eastern Italy, were based on the idea that beauty and harmony of the design of a city could enhance the well-being of a community. The designer’s expectations did not include only the military protection of the city but also the creation of suitable conditions for the promotion of the well-being and equality of citizens, the preservation of the knowledge gained and its hand over from generation to generation. The basic principles of this utopian foundation of a society are reflected in the design of the Renaissance Nicosia.

Contest categories

The competition concerns two separate and independent categories of participants (a) higher education students and (b) professional designers, which will share a common theme. The jury will choose one winner per category. Each of the two winners will receive €1000 worth of prizes, €500 offered by the Bank of Cyprus and a fonts package worth of €500 from Parachute fonts.

The theme of the competition, “Nicosia, the city of Utopia”, and the corresponding exhibition are actions that aim, through the symbolism of the design of the fortification walls, to highlight the
history, culture, arts and architecture of a city that was and still remains to this day a crossroad of cultures, arts and literatures, that can contemplate a future without walls and without borders.
The contest is open only to higher education students and professionals visual communication designers, and each participant is entitled to submit only one design. The submission of the projects can only be made electronically from November 10 until December 31, 2016.

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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (