Outstanding illustrations in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design
The Red Dot Design Award: Communication Design offers agencies, companies and designers from all around the globe the opportunity to submit their works and projects to the competition and to put their design and creative achievements to the test. For this, a total of 17 categories is available for the participants, one of them is “Illustrations”. Whether it is on posters, in adverts, on packaging or covers – we encounter illustrations on everyday objects and they enrich our lives. They convey messages, tell stories and provide, at best, a fresh look at things. In 2017, among others, the illustrations “Hope – the modern way”, the poster series “Media Violence” as well as the cover illustrations “Lost Places” were awarded.
The weapons of journalists
The three-part poster series “Media Violence”, designed by the Xiamen Medical College for the Tainan Eternity Lion Club, deals with the topic of companies in the media industry forsaking the ethics of journalism for their own financial benefits. They would modify news in order to catch the attention of viewers – for example by interviewing victims with sharp questions to generate dramatic answers or embellishing their columns with salacious details. Thus, the media would no longer defend the rights of citizens but instead follow and molest specific persons to create biting issues.
In order to illustrate the message of the media being money machines and journalists as the originators of news that have declared war on the whole society, the posters depict cameras, microphones and pens as weapons. This way, a camera turns into a machine gun or a microphone head into a hand grenade. The designers thus convinced the Red Dot Jury to award the Red Dot: Best of the Best: “The visual idea of turning the tools of journalism, such as a camera, a microphone and a pen, into weapons is outstanding and has been impressively solved by this implementation in its use of strong colours and graphic wit while doing without words. The message that the media today tend to now and then abuse their power in order to profit, to generate quick attention or to generate many “likes”, is succinctly expressed in these poster illustrations.”
Awarded Illustrations in Berlin
The grand finale of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018 takes places in Berlin on the 26 October. While the prize winners are honoured during the Red Dot Gala, the guests of the Designers’ Night have the exclusive opportunity to convince themselves of the awarded illustrations and the other creations of the international design scene since the winners exhibition “Design on Stage” can only be seen for one night during the party at the E-Werk Berlin.