Graphic Artwork - PDP Creative Media Conference
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Graphic Artwork

The PDP Conference proudly invites all designers, illustrators and other visual artists to take part at
the poster design exhibition with a theme: Absorption.

Everything that happens to you is immediately linked to something that came before it. You always insert new experiences into your own personal matrix. You weigh, compare, and contrast things to your own expectations and assumptions.

We all experience things differently, which makes us unique and authentic. Everything you perceive, observe, hear, consume, everything you’re exposed to and everything you go through as an individual always affects your work.

Everything that comes from an outside source has an impact on your creative process. It causes your reaction and eventually becomes a part of your own personal narrative.

It is a conscious process, at once both active and inactive. It represents the starting point of creative thought, empathy, and understanding. By interacting with the outside world, we jumpstart many unconscious processes. We analyze and inspire ourselves — both directly and indirectly — and enter a state which eventually leads us to something new: our new selves, new skills and a better understanding of a particular topic.

Absorption, in this context, means being present and aware of the many processes you find yourself in — some of which you help create.

The competition is international, open for all interested artists, designers, and anyone in between and
beyond, be they professionals or amateurs. The organizing team is especially looking forward to the
participation of young people and students (BSc., MSc., PhD.).

Important dates
Deadline for submitting applications is 15th August 2019.

Technical requirements
Posters are to be submitted in PDF format. Size of each separate file is limited to 5 MB.

Each participant may submit a maximum of three posters.

The file naming convention is as:
Your Name_Your Surname_Poster_Artwork No.pdf

For example, if you’re submitting 2 posters, you’ll submit files named:

Each participant may submit a maximum of three posters.

Posters will be printed on the Riso printer. The paper size is A3 (420 x 297mm); paper is white and
uncoated. It is necessary to include a 15mm safe space along all four sides of the artwork. Posters
will not be trimmed so your artwork will have to be within the given margins.

The colour scheme is limited to the following colours:

  • Red (Riso colour name: Red; hexadecimal code: #FF665E)
  • Blue (Riso colour name: Medium Blue; hexadecimal code: #3255A4)
  • Black (Riso colour name: Black; hexadecimal code: #000000)

Note that the usage of any other colour is not allowed.

Due to the restrictions of the printing technology, application of gradients is not possible (e.g. a colour
made up of 20% black, 70% blue and 10% red). It is, however, possible to print overlapping colours
and thus achieve a desired tone, such as creating a blue element with a 40% opacity and a black
element with a 20% opacity and placing them one over the other, resulting in the desired tone at the
overlapping regions.

Please try to avoid using fully-toned large elements, as the Riso printer cannot print 100% ink density
across 100% of the paper. Too much ink coverage can cause paper to stick to the stencil / drum, and
also cause extra splashes, needle marks and smudges on prints. For large areas of ink reduce the
colour opacity to 75% or less. Lines, points and similar smaller elements can be painted at 100% ink

As each colour is printed one layer at a time, registration will never be 100% accurate. Therefore,
when designing your artwork, ensure there is room to allow for 2-3 mm shift. Extend colour under line
work for neater results, use trapping to avoid white spaces, and avoid tiny details that rely on
registration to be 100%.

Please send a full colour PDF file of your artwork but keep in mind when preparing a document with
multiple colour layers to separate each layer by colour and then save each layer as a separate PDF

How to apply
Send us your .pdf file at The subject of the e-mail should be “Name Surname
POSTER”, for example “John Smith POSTER”.

All authors selected for the exhibition will receive a detailed instruction on how to prepare their artwork
for printing. It is important to save your work in native files and make use of layers, in order to make
the print preparation easier.

All authors whose work will be presented at the exhibition will receive a certificate of participation. Top
three artworks will receive award, with the best work being awarded with a unique award of the PDP
Conference – the PDP Cube.

Final remarks
The content of the posters must not propagate racial, religious, national or any other form of

The organizers reserve the right to show the complete exhibition, as well as individual posters from
the exhibition, in other institutions in Novi Sad and other cities, as well as in other exhibition spaces
outside of Serbia. In that case, the authors will be notified about the new exhibition of their work.

The organizers reserve the right to use posters presented at the conference in the documentation
related to the PDP Conference, as well as in printed and online media, in promotional campaigns and
conferences (stating the author’s name is obligatory).

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