Call For Papers: The Poster 2.2
DEADLINE: 18th November 2012

DEADLINE: 18th November 2012

The designer acts as a constructor of artificiality by designing cultural interface artefacts. By analysing the poster/artefact through its visual rhetoric, The Poster asks if it is possible to perceive and reveal the contours of its poesis construction. The identification of moments of formal rupture corresponds to a focus upon the relationship between authorial dynamics, technologies and programmes, and the constraints that these impose upon the designer's freedom. Thus, at any given moment, the resulting of visual rhetoric of the posters represents one possible manifestation of these complexities.

For this issue The Poster seeks contributions based in interpretation, culture and attention to social signals that characterize a time and a space, using design history as a tool to discover particularities of the poster at visual rhetoric level and from the following perspectives:

- How the poster concept of the poster evolved over time its role in setting the terms of the debate in the public sphere?
- How authorship assumes innovation, valorization, singularity, intention/desire and identity on the poster?
- How technology variation with its means of production and reproduction, its normalization and its rule affects the poster?
- How the technologies of production enforce a graphic ‘flavour’ that comes to define and how subversion of these means signal dissent?
- How the programme affects the poster is by the specifications of the features and special characteristics demanded by clients?

Papers – Papers should be provided as MS Word (.doc or .docx), Open Document Text (.odt) or Rich Text Format (.RTF) files with low-resolution images (72dpi) included in the text at the intended positions in the text: full print resolution images will be called for later. You can send us both colour and greyscale images. Please help us out by using the Heading 1 (H1, H2, H3) and Text Body styles in the first instance as this, and the indication of position of the images, helps us enormously in the editing and production of the final document. Papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words long. Once a paper is accepted we'll ask for the full resolution images.

Visual contributions – These contributions must make an explicable narrative point. They should be presented, in the first instance, as low-resolution .jpg or .png files (72 dpi), numbered in the order in which they should be read (if ambiguity is the intent please help us out by sending us a visual that explains their intended organisation). Please include (as either metadata or on an accompanying list) details of copyright, authorship and ownership.

Reviews should be between 1000 and 2000 word long and if they carry images or excerpts of the reviewed material should be copyright cleared with the author or the owners of the intellectual copyright.

Please send submissions for the special issue to Helena Barbosa at

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