Ocean Posters Against Plastic Pollution

International multi-cultural students poster cooperation with design departments of 34 academies and universities from all five continents.

The participating selected institutions are from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela. It was not a general tender. It is a non-commercial project.

It was started late 2016, and the last submission was in February 2019. More than 50 professor colleagues with more than 1000 students collaborated in the project, either in workshops or as semester work. Each participating institution contributed up to 10 best posters, so that there is a collection of c. 350 posters. Copyright is with the universities and the students.

These exciting and outstanding posters should contribute to raise global awareness about the gigantic global plastic pollution of the oceans, to influence a responsible use of plastic, and encourage sustainable thinking and behavior.

logo posters against ocean plastic

The students’ posters are a visual call to help preserve the Creation –  our blue planet, as the visual voice of the youth of the world.

The students were briefed by extensive information material. So that the posters cover by their design all aspects of plastic pollution. E.g. environmental pollution of coasts and beaches, or fish and seabirds eat the plastic parts and die a cruel death, or micro plastics from synthetic clothes, or scientists have detected plastic in the fish we eat and even in sea salt.

The global communications project is directed and curated by Helmut Langer, Germany (, internationally renowned communication designer and worldwide experienced lecturer, as well a Past President of the International Council of Design. The project was only possible with the fantastic and dedicated cooperation with the professor colleagues, who are part of or have been recommended by Helmuts global network. A big thank you to them and to the students of course!

It is a great honour for the posters to be part of the UN World Oceans Day activities where they get worldwide attention. Because of space limit, only a selection of the posters can be shown. They represent all others - they are all part of this global celebration!

Below you will find the sample posters, but remember that their real visual power can only display in their original size of 70 x 100 cm.

Participating Professors:

Luciano Alem, Agustina Cosulich;

Emily Wright;

Claudia Facca, Everaldo Pereira;

Barbara Pino A., Claudia Jimenez, Camila Carrasco;

Xiao Yong;

Zhu Jun;

Diego Bermúdez;

Rikke Hansen;

Pinja Metsäkoivu;

Helmut Langer;

Joost Bottema; 

Anil Sinha, Hemang Anglay;

Anjila Puri, Menon Djad;

Evelyn Huang, Nikko Purnama;

Yuka Dian Narendra, Bramanta Octa Danuputra;

Maryam Khalili, Sadaf Rostamkhani;

Adrian Byrne, Eamon Spelman;

Elena Caratti, Helmut Langer, Leonardo Romano (tutor);

Martha Isabel Flores Avalos, Jorge Contreras Cárdenas, Roberto Padilla Sobrado;

Alfonso Machorro Florencio, Maria de Jesús Gómez Cruz;

Daniel Dinis da Costa, Marcos Muthewuye;

Johnson Witehira;

Rafael Vivanco;

Serge Serov, Yuri Gulitov;

Bianca Le Cornu, Vallentine Kekana, Felix van Schalkwyk, Klarabell Holden;

Nivesh Rawatlal, Pienaar van Niekerk, Shani van der Hoven;

Amy van Vuuren, Michelle van Aswegen;

Samira Bouabana;

Matilde Rosello, Diego Fernández, Valentina Raggio, Ana Ines Pepe;

Gustavo Woiciechowski, Gabriela Nisizaki;

Leslie Cober-Gentry;

Cedomir Kostovic;

Santiago Pol.


Project supported by:

Monica Angelina, Subrata Bhowmick, Alejandro di Candia Bocage, Riitta Brusila, Oscar Castellanos, María Alejandra Cormons, Stephen Huxley, José Korn Bruzzone, Mohammed Jogie, Ziad Al-Kadri, Paul Lange, Uranio Stefane Mahanjane, Peggy McConnell, Carolin Möller, Mary Mullin, Marie Isabel Musselman, Mary Nagle, Daniel Nieco, Tony O’Hanlon, Balaram Singanapalli, Maca Prima Sofi, Cathy Veninga, Tyra von Zweigbergk

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