Poster Submissions

Thank you for being a part of the Pick Progress Project: Pick Posters. We are so excited to see your artwork and feature your unique talents for all the world to see. Below is a three-step process to help you complete your tasks and provide us with the info/content we need to represent you best. If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at chapterengagement@kansascity.aiga.org or chandler@kalimizzou.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

We don’t want to dim the light of the Pick Progress series.

We want to be transparent about our project priorities. The original intent of Pick Progress was to highlight the Black experience. While we wholeheartedly support and recognize intersectionality, we don’t want to dim the light of the progress we’ve made with our original intent. While Pick Progress Together shifts the focus to allyship, please understand that stricter parameters on compensation, visibility, etc., will be placed on this portion of the project to ensure the integrity of origins.

Compensation

While we sincerely appreciate the commitment of artists like you, we want to be transparent about the fact that Pick Progress Together won’t be able to compensate for your contributions. Our primary focus is to pay the artists involved in the Pick Progress poster series, as we believe in fair remuneration for creative work. We understand that time is valuable and immensely grateful for your willingness to contribute.

This project aims to shed light on the underrepresentation of Black and POC designers in the design world. According to a statistic I recently came across on LinkedIn, in 2020, 85% of Graphic Designers/Art Directors were White. Whether you’re a Person of Color or not, participating in Pick Progress Together plays a crucial role in addressing systemic issues within the design industry. While we may not be able to provide financial compensation, your contribution helps amplify the voices and experiences of underrepresented designers, fostering a more inclusive and equitable design community. Thank you for joining us in this critical initiative.

Involvement

We value the unique voices and perspectives of all creatives, regardless of background or identity. As part of our commitment to recognizing and celebrating artists, we offer an optional questionnaire. This questionnaire allows us to learn more about you, your experiences, and the inspiration behind your work.

Important Note:
While we highly encourage artists to complete the questionnaire for an enhanced opportunity to be recognized, we want to be transparent about our approach. We do not guarantee that all information provided in the questionnaire will be showcased, marketed, or communicated across all our platforms. We reserve the right to use the information at our discretion.

Your creativity and expression matter to us, and we appreciate your understanding as we work to amplify diverse voices in the creative community. Join us in shaping a narrative that reflects the richness of artistic diversity.

Choose Your “Together” Prompt

This series of posters is centered around the phrase ‘Together We Stand.’ You will make a poster based on this idea.

Some Background: ‘Together We Stand’ invokes a lot of connotations of unity, solidarity, and protest against harmful ideologies. While “United we stand, divided we fall” is probably the more well-known take on this phrase, ‘Together We Stand’ is a song from Motown sensation Marvin Gaye, continuing our celebration and recognition of Black culture. In the song, he references that no one can make change alone, and the more we come together, the more impact we’ll make on the world.

So, choose one of the phrases below that will inspire your poster. We strive to provide inclusive and thoughtful options to all backgrounds and perspectives.

Here are the options: Together We Stand, Forward Together, Empowered Together, Together We Rise, Strength in Numbers, Collective Harmony, Together for a Better Tomorrow, Together Beyond Labels, Embrace Togetherness, One Voice Together, All Together Now

Download the Artwork Info

Next, get the information you need to complete the project. The button (in this section) will lead you to a Dropbox folder with all the information you need to make your poster, including a PSD file, swatches, and an info PDF.

Main Poster Requirements

  • Choose one of the ‘Together’ phrases as the prompt for your poster
  • Design your poster however you want (Procreate, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Make sure you incorporate the six Pick Progress colors
  • Make sure to save the final draft of your poster in the PSD template provided
  • Submit final draft in the Dropbox link on this webpage

Upload Your Artwork

Now, it’s time for you to upload your poster. Please submit a poster design by March 29, 2024. You can create your poster any way you want; however, you MUST upload the final design in our PSD template.

Fill Out Your Bio

Finally, tell us about you! While your uploaded poster is cool, learning about you is even cooler. This project is all about representation, and we want to represent the best of you. So, please fill out the Google survey and submit a bio photo of yourself.

Note: We would prefer a high-quality color photo that could work in black and white. 

And, you’re done!

Again, thank you so much for being a part of this project and submitting your work promptly. We will be in touch with you when the project is live for everyone to see.

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