Hosted at Colorado State University last month, the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition featured 183 posters by 101 artists from 33 countries. The posters portray a diverse set of design techniques as well as a worldwide view of cultural, political, and social issues.
The poster has a history, steeped in social and civic change. It has been known to reflect economic and political upheavals, putting forth strong, individual ideas that question authority. While at the same time, it can bring the arts, theater, and dance to the people. It is a means to communicate to the masses. This is its core value. This year’s exhibition juror, Canadian designer Andrew Lewis, states, “In fact, it [the poster] stands today as the strongest voice that graphic design has as an outlet.”