Submit your poster
Deadline for submissions 31st of July
Open call
Deadline 31st of July

The second edition of APF is all about type. What type of designer are you? What type do you use? Basically, what’s your type?

Because this is a wide topic, we are convinced this is a huge opportunity to question yourself. Do you have a certain vision on what design should be? Do you follow the rules of typography or do you say fuck it? What’s the thing you like the most? Or what’s the thing you really hate? There are tons of questions you can ask yourself about your design practice.

We at APF are very curious about your point of view. So prepare your posters and show us your type! The posters can be autonomous or made for a client.

The jury will go through all submissions and make a selection for the exhibition. The top 3 designers (picked by our jury) will win a font package donated by our partner TYPELAB.

Who can enter
SIMPLE, ANYONE CAN. STUDENTS, AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL.
How to submit
FILL IN THE FORM AND WE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.
What open call
YOU CAN SUBMIT ANYTHING JUST AS LONG AS IT’S AN A0 POSTER FORMAT.
When is the end
THE OPEN CALL ENDS ON 31.07.20 - MAKE SURE YOU SEND IN YOUR DESIGNS.
APF submission form
Choose your PDF file
  • Maximum pdf-size 18MB
  • Filename: A unique name starting with “yourname” followed by a number.
    For example: yourname_1.pdf and yourname_2.pdf
  • Minimum of 120 DPI
  • A0 size
  • CMYK (Coated FOGRA27 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
  • Create outlines
  • Do not use spot colours with transparency
  • Compatible with Acrobat 5, PDF 1.4
  • Keep important parts or text min. 3 mm away from the edges.

Programme

The festival will take place from 18-26 September. If you want to visit the exhibition you'll have to book a time-slot. Get your tickets and book your time-slot HERE

Opening festival
18.09.20
Book a time-slot if you want to visit the festival
Exhibition
T.B.A.
The exhibition is open each day from 12:00h — 20:00h
Vormdrukkers Workshop — POSTPONED
26.09.20
A collaborative screenprinting workshop by Gezeever and Kristof Van Gestel
Expressive Lettering / Memorable Poster Workshop
23.09.20
An experimental lettering workshop by Pieter Boels and Geertrui Storms hosted by Antwerp Type Society
Analogue Poster Printing workshop
23.09.20
A letterpress workshop by Superdruk and Toykyo hosted by Antwerp Type Society
Analogue Poster Printing workshop
24.09.20
A letterpress workshop by Superdruk and Toykyo hosted by Antwerp Type Society
Outdoor Lecture
24.09.20
A series of lectures about different visual cultures
Closing festival
26.09.20
Last chance to visit the festival

Jury

Our selected jury went through all of your submissions and made a selection of the 50 best posters for the exhibition.

Evi Peeters — Mirror Mirror

Evi Peeters has over a decade of experience in brand design, which she gained at agencies like Base Design (New York) & Duval Branding. After joining Mirror Mirror in 2016 to help shift their focus to branding, she took on the role of Managing and Design Director as of 2019. Mirror Mirror is an Antwerp based design agency specialized in branding and visual communication. They merge creativity with a keen understanding of commercial appeal, and combine artistic intuition with strategic insights.

Daan Rietbergen — Designer

Daan Rietbergen is an Utrecht based independent graphic designer and artist specialized in visual identity, poster design and typography. After five years of learning his craft at Studio Dumbar come mid-2019, Daan Rietbergen launched his own independent practice in his home city of Utrecht in order to pursue his own commercial projects and continue his artistic explorations.

Esther JL Noben — Toykyo

Esther JL Noben is art director at TOYKYO, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Ghent, BE. The studio was founded in 2006, born from a shared passion for striking visual culture. They believe that creativity, optimism & originality are key elements in life and they apply the same philosophy to their design work. As image-makers, they enjoy navigating the blurred lines between graphic design, illustration and set design. Toykyo aims to evolve, transform and transcend.

Ward Heirwegh — Designer

Ward Heirwegh graduated in 2007 with a masters degree in graphic design from Luca School of Arts (Ghent) and now runs an independent practice in Antwerp. His projects are situated within the cultural and creative field: editorial design projects, visual identities and other commissions for institutions and artists. He teaches graphic design at the St Lucas School of Arts (Antwerp) and founded a research-based publication platform called Sleeperhold Publications. In addition to his daily practice he conducts research into alternative means of distributing information and is co-founder of a research platform that maps cross-over design practices.

Winners

Our open call has ended which resulted in 2.107 submissions from 75 different countries. Our festival will exhibit the 50 best posters chosen by our jury. Congratulations to all selected designers!

AURANE LOURY AND CLARA DEGAY
FR
@auraneloury @claradgy
ADRIEN JACQUEMET
FR
adrienjacquemet.com
ALEXANDRE LESCIEUX
CH
www.alexandrelescieux.com
ALFONSO YORDI AND GONZALO SEISES
SP
@alfonso.yordi
ANN NASKIDASHVILI
BE
@annienaskyd
ANYMADE STUDIO
CZ
www.anymadestudio.com
BALMER HAHLEN
CH
balmerhahlen.ch
BEN BOLIAU
BE
@bubonic
BUREAU PROGRESSIV
DE
www.bureau-progressiv.com
BUREAU SANDRA DOELLER
DE
www.sandradoeller.com
CARILLA KARAHAN
TR
carillakarahan.com
GUILLAUME BONNEAU
FR
@guillaume.bno
DANIEL AND ANDREW
RO
danielandandrew.com
DOMINIK KELLER AND JONAS HUHN
DE
www.dominikkeller.de
DRMRRM
FR
@DRMRRM
IZDATELSTVO PIZDA
RU
@izdatelstvopizda
MARK BOHLE
SP
markbohle.com
NAM HUYNH
DE
www.namhuynh.de
JAN ROBERT OBST
DE
www.janrobertobst.de
JIRI MOCEK
CZ
jmocek.tumblr.com
JULIA VAN DER VEEN
NL
stopmakingsense.cargo.site
KAUKAU
CN
www.kaukau.design
LUKAS HIRSCHOFER
CH
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MARTIN HEYNEN
CH
www.martinheynen.com
MASLOV DENIS
RU
www.maslovdenis.ru
MATEJ MORAVEC
CZ
matejmoravec.com
MATEJ VOJTUS
SK
www.matejvojtus.com
MAXIMILIAN HASLAUER
DE
www.haseaufderlauer.de
LUKAS EGGERT
DE
@lukas.eggert
NASSIM AZARZAR
MA
www.nassim-azarzar.com
NAUFAN NOORDYANTO
IE
@naufannoord
PAUL JOCHUM
DE
@PaulJochum
PIA THALMANN
DE
@pia_thlmnn
PRIMOZ ZORKO
SI
www.primozzorko.com
RASMUS STENBERGH
SE
www.rasmusstenbergh.se
ROBERT RADZIEJEWSKI
DE
www.radzie.de
DAVID PFIFFERLING
DE
www.davidpfifferling.de
SARAH THEWISSEN
BE
@sara_thewissen
LORENZ FIDEL HUCHTHAUSEN
DE
www.lorenzfidel.de
GABRIELA KAPFER
DE
www.smileinitial.plus
STUDIO BIBLIOGRAPHY
CN
www.studiobibliography.com
STUDIO ES
AT
www.studio-es.at
STUDIO LOWRIE
UK
www.studiolowrie.com
SUNGHYUN BAE
KR
www.sunghyunbae.com
TIN
NL
www.tin.studio
UNWIND STUDIO
PL
weareunwind.com
WATCHA MACALLIT
NL
www.whatchamacallit.eu
WULFF GRAPHICS
CH
www.wulff.graphics
ZHONG CAO
TW
zhongcao.cargo.site

Practical

The festival will take place from 18.09 — 26.09 at Spoor Oost, Buurtspoorweglei 2140 Antwerp. In order to visit the exhibition you're required to book a time-slot, you can do this HERE. Admission is completely free so don't hesitate! Due to COVID-19 restrictions we can only admit a select number of people and a face mask is mandatory. More info about our workshops and lectures will follow soon.

Workshops & Lectures

Tired of all the zoom meetings and looking at your screen all day? We've got you covered with our workshops hosted by Antwerp Type Society! Go back to creating and printing posters manually. Spots are limited so get your tickets HERE

26.09 Vormdrukkers — Gezeever & Kristof Van Gestel POStPONED

This workshop has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. A new date will announced soon.

A collaborative screen printing workshop by Gezeever and Kristof van Gestel.

This workshop starts off with the Idiosyncratic Machine. A shape-generating drawing method developed by visual artist Kristof Van Gestel. The space in between everyday objects become the basis from which unexpected abstract shapes are systematically derived. These shapes are then used for the creation of stencils for screen printing. Participants will be jointly creating compositions with these shapes. By constantly passing through printed sheets among te participants they are forced to interact with each others choices of shape, color and position.

The results of the workshop will be exhibited at Gezeever for the entire week, after this you can take the results back home!
Coffee and cookies are included, but bring your own lunch.

Location:
Marialei 25, 2018 Antwerpen

Get your tickets HERE

23.09 Expressive lettering / Memorable poster — Antwerp Type Society

Do you remember the freedom that came with drawing as a kid? When was the last time you picked up a writing tool just for the fun of it? We know the feeling – stuck behind a computer all day – creating graphic or other work, hardly ever time for an experiment or some creative play. No excuses during this workshop, though, as we want you to get out of your comfort zone and get your hands dirty. Literally.

With experiment comes surprise and discovery*, that’s why we selected a bunch of unusual and interesting objects to create freehand lettering & calligraphy. Since it’s all about having fun, no prior knowledge is required.

The workshop consists of two parts. Before noon, we will break away from the rules of calligraphy and embrace imperfect and expressive letter shapes. Black ink and paper will be the main ingredients during this play time. Everything else is up to your imagination.

During the afternoon we will use the expressive letter shapes we created to design a memorable poster. Cut, copy, paste and draw some more – everything is possible – as long as we don’t need digital tools for the end result.

Geertrui Storms and Pieter Boels, both lettering artists working in a variety of (letter) styles, will guide you through the workshop. They will provide feedback and tips & tricks to make you feel confident about creating your own expressive lettering.

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*Quote by Kim Lee Kho

The results of the workshop will be exhibited at the Studio of Pieter Boels ‘till the end of the week, after this you can take the results back home!
Coffee and cookies are included, but bring your own lunch.

Location:
Lange Leemstraat 22, 2018 Antwerpen

Get your tickets HERE

23.09 & 24.09 Analogue Poster Play — Antwerp Type Society

Roll up your sleeves! Roll out that ink! Train those biceps for some print galore!
Join Toykyo and Superdruk for an analog poster workshop in their Print Walhalla. Toykyo designed some new woodblocks, ready for you to puzzle and play on the big proofing presses of analog print factory Superdruk.
Combine modular typographic and illustrative elements to big posters, take these home with you and show the world your printing skills. Probably the only time Toykyo allows you to mess around with their designs.

4 hours of printing fun
4 participants per session
4 sessions in total

9am > 1pm & 2pm > 6pm
€100/session

Location:
Superdruk - Transvaalstraat 26, Berchem

Get your tickets HERE

24.09 Outdoor Lecture — Visual Cultures in Typography

Be prepared for a clash in visual cultures when these four designers talk about their design practice and fields of research. The event takes place outdoors at the APF installation. So don't forget to bring a blanket for these lectures under the stars.

SPEAKER #1
Jo De Baerdemaeker (typojo) is an independent Belgian typeface designer and researcher. He holds an MA in Typeface Design and was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading. His interests are designing, researching and writing about world script typefaces (particularly on Tibetan, Lantsa, Mongolian and Javanese) and multilingual typography. His work helps cultures and languages to share and store their information digitally. He focuses on developing digital fonts of writings that have been threatened. For example, he developed the first digital font for Tibet.

SPEAKER #2
Ine Meganck
is professionally active as a graphic designer in the Belgian and international cultural field. On a regular basis she collaborates with Chloé D’hauwe. Ine studied Graphic Design at the LUCA School of Arts (Ghent). In 2012 she graduated from a second master at the Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem) (NL). There, and together with Valentijn Goethals she initiated the ongoing project Phantom Radio, a nomadic pirate radio station. Since 2019 she teaches typography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. A selected list of clients include: Philippe Vandenberg, Toestand VZW, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Peter Buggenhout, Hannah De Meyer, Julie Cafmeyer, Dries Segers, Hans Op de Beeck, Amenra, Ghent University Museum, Anneleen Swillen, Mashid Mohajderin, Willem Boel, Brihang, Flemish Architecture Institute.

SPEAKER #3
Hussein Shikha is a visual artist and a visual researcher, he studies graphic design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Through design he explores the cultural heritage of his motherland culture. In his project Your Beauty is Sumerian he investigates the South Iraqi carpets, bearers of stories, myths, symbols and patterns, originating from the ancient Sumerian culture. On the basis of these carpets Hussein wants to visually investigate the self-proclaimed phenomenon of 'virtual weaving' and 'the digital rug'. His work tries to answer the question: Can a carpet be translated into an animation?

SPEAKER #4
Pauline Le Pape is a Type designer and Art Director based in Amsterdam. She mainly works within the cultural field on various medium and formats with a focus on typography. Her font Till Normal can be found on Typelab.fr. Pauline describes her venture into type design as “a multiplication of coincidences.” For one, it suited her personality, more of an observer than anything else. She likes tasks that require meditation and patience, something that all type designers are adept in, and on the other hand, she was drawn to the social connotations that typography can carry.

The talks will be moderated by Isabel Van Bos (Brussel / curator).

Location:
Spoor Oost - Buurtspoorweglei, 2140 Antwerpen

Get your tickets HERE

Partners

The festival is organised by Dennis Janssens and Tom Tiepermann of the Antwerp based design studio ssnn. Together with their amazing team of partners, sponsors, friends and volunteers they want to offer everyone an unforgettable experience. Thanks everyone for helping make APF happen.

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