Disability Awareness Month poster competition

Student designing on a PC

As part of UWE Bristol's Disability Awareness Month students were given an exciting brief to design an eye-catching, thought-provoking poster that engaged it's audience in a thoughtful, creative way on the topic of disability.

Designs could be illustrated, photography-led or entirely typographical and the winning posters were printed and promoted online as part of Disability Awareness Month.

The winners were presented with their cash prizes at the Disability Awareness Month closing ceremony  which took place on Thursday 28 April 2016.

Winning designs

Disability Awareness Month Poster Competition Winners

Mental health category:

Winner: Jordan Pledge
Jordan wanted to highlight the fact that people with mental health conditions often choose to suffer in silence for fear of being judged. His poster challenges this stigma to help open up dialogue and encourage people to seek support.

View Jordan's winning design

Highly commended: Ruth Irvine
After talking to a friend with OCD, Ruth discovered that the condition is about control. Her poster uses coordinates to pinpoint items on a desk – this represents the need for order in everyday life, to avoid the feeling of losing control.

View Ruth's poster

Specific learning difficulties category:

Winner: Ruth Harris
Ruth’s dyslexia research showed that background colours, font choice and spacing can all affect readability. She wanted to highlight that those with dyslexia are not ‘unable’ to read, but that small changes help them to process text more easily.

View Ruth's winning design

Highly commended: Maria Yiallourou 
A friend’s experiences taught Maria that dyslexia can make it difficult to write without mistakes, and that it is easy to be distracted. She used Greek as a metaphor, comparing this to the challenges of understanding a different language.

View Maria's poster

Physical disabilities category:

Winner: Chloe Ford
From personal experience, Chloe understands that physically disabled people would rather be accepted than drawn attention to. Her design shows the ‘abnormal’ footprints of someone using a crutch, and emphasises that there is no need to stare.

View Chloe's winning design

Highly commended: Yee Poon
While watching a wheelchair basketball game, Yee was struck by how skilled the players are. Her design represents both the basketball and the wheel of a wheelchair, and encourages us to see the person, not the disability.

View Yee's poster

Sensory loss and autism spectrum category:

Winner: Beth Jackman 
Beth’s poster shows that many individuals on the autism spectrum can experience a sensory overload from everyday lights and sounds, and that sitting in a small, dark space may be soothing and comforting for them.

View Beth's winning design

Highly commended: Charlie Allen
Charlie submitted a series of posters based on minimal, typographic treatments of three-word quotes from the UWE Bristol disabled community. Here, ‘loud and clear’ is pixelated to the edge of legibility to represent hearing or vision loss.

View Charlie's poster

Judging panel

  • Colum Leith, Rod Dickinson and Gary Embury, from the Faculty of Arts and Cultural Industries.
  • Katie Lucking, student Disability Advisor and chair of UWE Bristol’s Disabled Staff Network.
  • Nick Carson, editor of leading graphic design magazine Computer Arts and Chairman of judges for the Brand Impact Awards.

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