LANGUAGES MATTER! A UNESCO poster competition

Competition Details


by Kevin Fogelson
Co-authors: Kevin Fogelson

My design is very representational. The heart represents the idea that every person can celebrate International Mother Language Day on February 21st, 2009. The heart is spray painted onto the cloudy sky, above the city, to reinforce this idea of a dream melting into reality. I purposefully created ambiguity of the sun rising/setting upon the skyline of the city (a representation of all cities). I wanted to show civilizations’ rises or falls are dependent on communication which is born from language. The transparent curved lines represent the outside forces that make the city diverse and interesting; hence, the city is a conglomerate of many people with various languages who live together in harmony. This is also reemphasized by the font with each letter being able to stand alone, but together it forms the most important message in the poster in a clear manner. However, the “Language matters!” font is given a handwritten touch to represent the individual with the idea that one person can change the world.