30 Posters for a Sustainable World

Twenty years ago, a group of 30 designers from around the world – with Neville Brody representing the UK – were tasked with creating a poster for the United Nations’ Rio Summit on the environment.

The posters – based on the theme of the environment and development – were exhibited in Rio de Janeiro and other cities around Brazil before travelling round the world in an international touring show.

Now, with Rio set to host the Rio+20 conference, Brazilian designer Felipe Taborda has organised the GlobAllMix project, again tasking 30 designers from around the world to create a poster each, this time on the theme of sustainable development.

This time round, the UK is represented by Jonathan Barnbrook, with other contributors including Takashi Akiyama from Japan and Paul Sahre from the USA.

Taborda says he sought ‘internationally recognised’ designers for the project, who have ‘an engagement in social and environmental causes’.

He says, ‘In the graphic universe there isn’t doubt that the poster, whatever its shape, is the noblest and most direct way that a designer or artist can use to manifest.’

The posters will go on show at the Botanical Garden in Rio from 24 June-15 July before, like their predecessors, travelling to a number of venues around the world.

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