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uptown1981

Chicago, IL, United States

Designer (architecture)

Member since January 14, 2009


  • Dear Design21 friends,

    I decided to enter the Language Matters! poster competition. I want to address an issue. Out of 1100 entries, there were some really great designs, 1000 of them were weird, shocking, and many looked like people were playing with photoshop for the first time. I question the choices of the judges in this competition and invite you all to look at the finalists and see what you think. As a designer, entering this competition was a lot of fun. However, the voting process was horrible, and I wonder if the judges went through all the entries, because out of all the finalists there are two that are worth being there (especially the alphabet soup one) I am not so sure the judges took this competition seriously... which makes me feel like I wasted a lot of my time entering my design. There were many wonderful examples of posters that should've won the competition, and yet none of them were even finalists. The winning design is the most shocking to me. When you compare it to previous posters that won it really doesn't stand out as something that shoudl've won first place. You cannot even see the written graphics because the words are too small, it's hard to believe that out of all the posters this one was picked as first place. Again I just wanted to say I am extremely disappointed in this competition.

  • Languages Matter! "Before the Sun Sets"

    Education, Communication Design

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    Hello everyone! Although I am an architect I really enjoyed coming up with a design and a concept for this poster. This is the first poster I have ever designed. I hope you like it!

    Concept-Before the Sun Sets

    Every day the sun sets the importance of protecting Mother Languages from disappearing forever grows stronger.

    My poster entitled "Before the Sun Sets" represents the struggle to maintain diverse cultural connections in a globalized world. Two hands reach out toward one another. One emerges out of the rings of light from a setting sun, representing a Mother Language that is on the brink of being forgotten forever. The other represents the people trying to save the Mother Language from the fate of other lost languages.

    The hands connect, but not completely. Together they cradle an abstract world. A void created between the hands, shaped like the silhouette of an hour glass, represents the notion of time. The meaning behind the UNESCO slogan "Language Matters! / Les langues, ├ža compte !" is strengthened by being placed within this void showing how urgent the issue of saving Mother Languages really is. While it is too late for some languages, it is not too late to reconnect with other Mother Languages. Time is of the essence!