International Students' Poster Design Project "Climate Change"

09 July 2012
18 August 2012
The Voice of Students from 20 Universities on 5 Continents regarding Environmental Issues

Musashino Art University (MAU) is pleased to present an international design exhibition featuring work from 190 students around the world who participated in a 2010 project on the theme "climate change."


This poster project was originally initiated in early 2010 by Prof. Helmut Langer, Icograda Past President and professor at the Ecosign Academy for Design (Germany). Prof. Langer's vision involved harnessing the creative power of graphic design students from academic institutions around the globe to tackle the issue of climate change. The resulting posters were to be displayed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) held in Cancun, Mexico in December 2010.

Through Prof. Langer's great efforts, 20 institutions from five continents were recruited to participate, and the respective students and faculty worked diligently to create a total of 190 posters tackling the theme of climate change at the local, regional, and global levels. The result truly represented, in Prof. Langer's words, "the voice of the youth of the world on climate change."

Unfortunately, in the end the event was cancelled and the posters were never displayed. Many of the professors involved in the project have since endeavoured to raise funds to realize this poster exhibition at other venues and to publish a catalog of all the students' works. However, although some of the posters have been exhibited in the form of a slide show, the bulk of this outstanding body of work has remained unseen.

Musashino Art University (MAU), one of the original project participants, has succeeded in securing funds to hold the exhibition and to finally realize Prof. Langer's vision with all 190 posters to be displayed at the new, internationally heralded Museum & Library.

Prof. Minoru Niijima, chairman of the Visual Communication Design Department at MAU and one of the key people behind the Icograda Education Conference at the Visualogue Congress in 2003, has spearheaded this effort to finally allow all the students' posters to see the light of day and to spread their international messages regarding climate change. The data has been obtained from Prof. Langer in order to print the posters and a catalog, designed by Takeo Nakano, a disciple of Prof. Niijima.

Participating Institutes and Number of Posters

Nation Institute Number of posters
United States
Missouri State University 10
United States Pratt Institute 10
United Arab Emirates American University of Sharjah 11
India Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA) 6
India National Institute of Design (NID) 10
Australia RMIT University Melbourne 7
Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) 5
China China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 9
China Fine Arts School of Hanghzou Normal University 10
Chile Pontifical Catholic University of Chile 11
Germany Ecosign Academy for Design 7
Japan Musashino Art University 10
Japan Nagoya University of Arts (NUA) 19
Peru St. Ignacio de Loyola University 10
China Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) 9
South Africa
AAA School of Advertising 8
South Africa
Tshwane University of Technology 9
Mexico Metropolitan Autonomous University 10
Lebanon Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts 9
Russia High Academic School of Graphic Design Moscow 10
TOTAL   190

Visit the official event website for more details.

For more information, please contact:

Musashino Art University Museum & Library
1-736 Ogawa-cho
Kodaira-shi, Tokyo
187-8505 Japan
T +81 42 342 6003
F +81 42 342 6451

About MAU

Musashino Art University is acknowledged as one of Japan's leading art and design universities. The school was founded as Teikoku Art School in 1929. The name changed to Musashino Art Schoolin 1948. In 1962 it was renamed and reformed to Musashino Art University. There is a growing call for artists and designers with rich creative prowess who have the capacity to meet the challenges of economic globalization and rapid industrial advances, and thus require vast interdisciplinary knowledge ranging from global affairs such as environmental issues to art management along with the capacity to communicate in foreign languages. MAU aims to meet the increasing demands on advanced art and design education, which necessitates actively responding to the global changes we are now witnessing.
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