Demotivational Posters
Contest Directions: Studies show that Mondays and Tuesdays are emotionally the "hardest" work days, when people have the lowest motivation to work, after the weekend. There have been numerous motivational posters created to encourage people to work through the week, keep them focused on their duties, and increase their productivity. Such posters typically had a black background with an encouraging image in the middle, a clear big word below (meant to send a message, or command to workers' minds) and a motivational message to go with this word. Not surprisingly many people got sick of these (often cheesy) motivational posters and started creating parodies on them. One of such people Dr. E.L. Kersten, in 1998, founded a company Despair, Inc., that turned making such demotivational posters into a professional business. Their demotivational posters sold in millions and beat the records of any motivational posters ever sold.
Today we ask you to create any demotivational poster. Try to make them mimic the classic motivational posters format like the examples above - black background, image in the middle, followed by the title word(s), and demotivational message below. The image in the middle has to be photoshopped, so you can not just take unaltered photo and add text to it. You are welcome to go beyond the work topics, and create demotivational posters from any areas - politics, relationships, etc. NOTE: as an exception to our rules, in this contest you are allowed to recycle any of your previous entries of FN and use it for the central image in your demotivational poster. Remember that your entry in this contest HAS to include the title word(s) and a de-motivational text message, like in the examples above.
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    Turkey Leadership Poster
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    Light Beer Demotivational Poster
  • Napoleon Fashion Demotivational Poster

    Napoleon Fashion Demotivational Poster
  • Baby Smoking Ganja Demotivational Poster

    Baby Smoking Ganja Demotivational Poster
  • Compassion Poster

    Compassion Poster
  • Introspection Demotivational Poster

    Introspection Demotivational Poster
  • Computer Evolution Demotivational Poster

    Computer Evolution Demotivational Poster
  • Christmas Demotivational Poster

    Christmas Demotivational Poster
  • Gullibility Demotivational Poster

    Gullibility Demotivational Poster
  • Innovation Demotivational Poster

    Innovation Demotivational Poster
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This contest is fueled by the following news: During the period of the First World War 1914 1918 years the agitation posters got well distributed (agitations for the summons in the army, signatures for the war credits, to help the injured and so on), stylistics of which exercises definite influence on the further developments of the posters. The raise in the labor movements, civil war against the imperialistic reaction and fascism stimulated in the 1920 1930s developed the political posters in the Western Europe. The violent revolution by the pathos found their way into the posters, published in Hungary during the period of the Hungarian-Soviet republic 1919 year, the poll posters of the communist party and the fascistic posters in Germany, posters for the defending the Spanish Republic. During the years of the Second World War 1939 1945 years especially bug popularity was achieved by the fascistic posters, in the post war years posters for the defence of the peace (work of P. Picasso in France). The stylistic poster of 1920 1970s years in many is related to painting, graphics and photo creation. Other means of the mass communication and polygraph have influenced and developed the evolution of the posters. In the advertisement posters the main identity stands with the artist striving to more perfection, figural show of the advertising objects; artistic diversity and stylistic specialties of the poster (composition of the dynamics, metaphor image, color conditions, generalized form of brightness developed in the work of Cassandra (France). With the development of the cinematography the posters of the film advertisements developed, which initially was created on the basis of redrawing of separate frames, later cine posters acquired character image, striving to show the main heroes, giving the opinion of the genre of the film, the acute subject and so on. During the 1920 1930 years posters were popular means for the propaganda of safety techniques in the industrial and construction sector. During the first decade of the XX century political posters appeared better sources of achievement which to the whole extent of its history was related with the democratic movements and fight for the peace.

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Contest Info

  • Started: 11/27/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 11/29/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 56
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
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