I stumbled upon the Festival International de l’affiche et des arts graphiques de Chaumont whilst actually in Berlin playing football for the globetrotting mish mash team of graphic designers: Dynamo Alstrasse (which for better or for worse includes some likely lads from GTF, Why Not Associates, North, Odd, Esquire and Wallpaper* to name a few). Hoping to get at least a bit of culture on my visit, I ducked out of the bar for a few hours and visited a bookstore called ProQm and found a thick ‘Swiss bound’ book full of brilliant poster art…
I’ve have collected these books, annually ever since, but have never yet made it to the festival itself. Anyway, hopefully this year – the festivals 20th anniversary- I will at last make it!
The festival has many facets, it brings together professionals and student designers for interactive workshops, vibrant exhibitions, and the much anticipated International Poster Competition, which last year received 2,194 entries from graphic artists across 46 countries.
Every year, a French graphic designer was entrusted with the design of the Festival poster. Now after twenty years of competitions and programming, the event has gained international renown so as to become a major venue of the international graphic design scene. It seemed natural to let these designers express themselves and offer the audience twenty images with a variety of cultural expressions, a trip around the world in twenty posters to celebrate the town and its commitment.
This years international cast includes, Reza Abedini (Iran); Isidro Ferrer (Spain); Haichen Zhu (People’s Republic of China); Jan en Randoald (Belgium); Rodovan Jenko (Slovenia); Dima Kavko (Russia); Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico); Shin Matsunaga (Japan), Paulina Matusiak (the Netherlands); Piotr Mlodozeniec (Poland); Christoph Niemann (USA); Alexandra Noth et Megi Zumstein (Switzerland); Istvan Orosz (Hungary); Pony Ldt (United-Kingdom); R2 Design (Portugal); Claudia Roethlisberger (Switzerland); Leonardo Sonnoli (Italy), Thonik (the Netherlands); Vanessa Verillon (France); Henning Wagenbreth (Germany).
We featured the festival on Wallpaper.com last year
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Stylish designs that aim to make online gift-buying as fun as "walking around a concept store"
- Alex Sheridan’s hilarious shots of comedian David O’Doherty in sports memorabilia
- Cult magazine Nova and its nods to “eroticism and extortion” photographed in a suitably 70s setting
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?