Applications are open until February 1

Public Posters works to strengthen the relationship between Houston Designers and Advocacy/Service Organizations. We do this by pairing a Designer and Organization for a 2-month engagement to create foldout posters made to explore and explain complex public policy, systems, or services for the people they serve.

Public Posters is a program of PGPI, an organization working to help people access public systems and services through Design.



Phase 1: Call for proposals

PGPI seeks submissions from designers and advocacy organizations in a set of topic areas established by PGPI for the project time frame.

Advocacy organizations should submit their ideas for topics in these areas, constituency to be reached, and distribution plans.

Designers should be interested in collaborating with community and advocacy organizations to explore and explain complex public policy, systems, or services for the people they serve through unique, and effective visual solutions.

Phase 2: Selection

PGPI selects and pairs designers and advocacy partner organizations 30 days prior to the 2 month project work period. This creates 1 team every 2 months that will collaborate with PGPI to produce 1 of 6 Public Posters for 2017.

Phase 3: Collaborate

Each team engages in an 2-month collaborative design process. PGPI provides project management, art direction if needed, and editing; covers production costs; and helps staff each project with additional support as needed. PGPI helps to create unique, effective visuals and language to meet the project needs. We ask that partner groups provide access to their constituents to provide feedback during the design process.

Phase 4: Publish and disseminate

Each publication is both an educational tool and a showcase for innovative design. The majority of the print run is distributed by the partnering organization for free to its target constituents, with some additional copies distributed by PGPI through bookstores and PGPI’s websites. Partner groups commit to providing accounts of any results or response during the dissemination process.



EXPECTATIONS & OUTCOMES

Over the 2 month period, you can expect:

  • 3-4 in-person meetings with Designer/s and/or PGPI in Houston.
  • Setting and meeting reasonable deadlines for project completion
  • Responsive communications on all sides
  • PGPI manages the collaboration, oversees all aspects of production, provides art direction, research, copywriting, and additional support as needed
  • Publicity and promotion of your collaboration
  • A public release event in Houston

Designers can expect
  • A $500 honorarium
  • Rights to use the poster in your portfolio
  • A deeper understanding of an issue of interest to you
  • A successful partnership with an organization doing good work
  • A public release event in Houston
Organizations can expect
  • A final poster that is designed to help your organization serve more people, and assist with outreach and fundraising efforts
  • An outside perspective that will improve your communications and reach
  • To commit to providing accounts of any results or response during the dissemination process.
  • 250 copies of the foldout poster to distribute