Shut Up Speak Up! Graphic Matters Poster Competitions

This is your chance to take part in Graphic Matters!
Show us what you stand for. Design a poster and submit it before July 9, 2017.
A professional jury will choose the fifty most creative, innovative, original and authentic posters.
These posters will be shown during Graphic Matters from September 22nd to October 22nd, 2017.
Five winners will receive a VIP experience including overnight stay and travel budget. Of course you’re all welcome to visit the exhibit!

Shut Up Speak Up!

Fake news, alternative facts, whistleblowers and polarizing politicians. The contemporary social and political unrest is not about left or right, or right and wrong. Can you still trust the media when issues are complex and international?

Online and on the streets new creative forms of protest arise. As a graphic designer, you play an important role in visualizing outspoken opinions.

Graphic Matters shows critical imagination by activists, pranksters and good guys who honor freedom of expression and challenge their audience to shape their personal opinion. From what attitude you challenge your audience?

Are you an activist warning us for the evil in this world? Do you directly attack a company, party or person?
Are you a prankster opening eyes with visual jokes? Do you create confusion with satire about current situations?
Or are you a good guy? Do you stimulate the good in people from an ever-positive attitude?

Do not hesitate, show us what you stand for!

Read more and submit your poster now at

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. (