Protest Placard Poster Competition in association with The Diesel School Of Island Life

Competition closes: 13 Jun 2011

Voting period: 24 May 2011 - 13 Jun 2011

This competition has now finished
Congratulations to JOESTER88 whose entry was chosen by our judges as the winning entry!
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Protest Placard Poster Competition in association with The Diesel School Of Island Life
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Entry guidelines
- The brief is open to artists from all disciplines
- Be creative with your text if you like, and include images if you choose to
- Please work to A2 dimensions (594x420mm) - can be portrait or landscape
- For purposes of voting and pre-viewing in the web gallery, your entry needs to be formatted into a JPG or PNG format, RGB, resolution: 72dpi, max filesize: 1MB
- For optimal viewing in the gallery, please resize your image to 610 pixels width
- Please make sure your name, daytime phone number and email address are added to your profile on - you can edit your profile at any time but please make sure this information is present before the competition ends
- If your entry is chosen as the winner, you will be contacted to send over the hi-res (300 dpi) version of it. So be prepared to have this quality version ready if you are chosen
- Remember to check out our inspiration page here!
The winning entry will be featured on 80,000 Don't Panic Posters which will be distributed across the UK.
Terms and conditions
- Entries with the highest votes may not necessarily win
- Please do not feature the Don't Panic logo on your design
- Entries received after the deadline will not be considered
- Entries that do not follow the design brief will not be considered but may not be deleted
- Entries can only be submitted via
- All entries will be moderated and any containing any offensive imagery will be removed

Political sloganeering used to be the realm of overpaid 'creatives' who wear black rimmed glasses and play table football most of the time before doing lots of cocaine and churning out something like 'We're all in this together.'

Well times-they-are-a-changing because according to Radio 4 we are living in the Golden Age of the Placard, meaning everyone is coming up with their own political messages. This is probably due to the conjunction of two factors 1) there is loads to protest about at the moment as the living standards of the average person are going to hell in a handcart, while bankers wearing suits made of money look on and laugh 2) texting, instant messaging stuff like Whatsapp and Twitter have trained us to communicate in short form meaning we feel more able to say something which may cause one to LOL or LMMFWBAO. 

See some examples of political word play and sloganeering here.

Come up with a political slogan using 140 characters or less. Imagine the slogan on a placard, so you should use bold type. If you do want to feature an image to support your slogan it is best to keep it simple. Remember an image may not be necessary.


The slogans should communicate a political message.

Some examples include: Yes We Can, Fight the Power, Nick Clegg We know You, You're a Fucking Tory Too and Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Out, Out, Out.



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