A better future is diverse by design. Bay Area high school students are invited to join online design workshops and then create posters that celebrate and spark diversity in science. Start here—it’s all free!

Check out DxD Academy videos on type and layout with contest judge Anu Murthy, and on color and imagery with contest judge Bosco Hernández—both co-hosted by the Academy’s own Saba Tauqir.

Design is all around us, from the device you're reading this on to the tree you might be sitting under. Behind the scenes of the Academy are people who spend all day immersed in design, whether it's researching the structure of a spiderweb or creating graphic panels to captivate visitors. Creative Studio, the Academy’s in-house team of designers, believes that graphics are a powerful way to share ideas, influence others, and create beauty. We hope this contest inspires you to think of design not only as an exciting career path, but a way to change the world.

Because the design and science worlds do not adequately reflect our diverse communities, we especially encourage submissions from anyone who self-identifies as BIPOC—although all students are welcome to participate.

Diversity x Design is a contest organized by the Creative Studio at California Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Inneract Project, and is generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

About the contest

Bay Area high school students living in or attending school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma County are invited to create a poster that celebrates diversity in science, focused on one of five themes:

  1. The beauty of diversity
  2. My favorite Academy exhibit
  3. Including me in science
  4. Envisioning a bright future
  5. Science call-to-action

The contest closes October 24, 2021, and results will be announced in November.

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About the prizes

There will be one winner for each of the five poster themes and one honorable mention for each of the five design criteria. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed at the Academy and on our website. Winners will receive a large print of their poster, a $100 gift card, and a one-year Academy family membership. Honorable mentions will receive a large print of their poster and four tickets to the Academy.

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Meet our judges

Some of the most talented designers in the world work in San Francisco—and we've invited five of them to serve as contest judges. Plus, if you register, you’ll be invited to attend inspiring virtual workshops with these designers.

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Angie Wang headshot

Angie Wang

Creative Director, Design is Play
Senior Adjunct Professor, CCA

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Anu Murthy headshot

Anu Murthy

Designer, Code for America
Education and Outreach, Inneract Project
Q&A with Anu

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Bosco Hernández headshot

Bosco Hernández

Design Director, SFMOMA

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Mitzi Okou headshot

Mitzi Okou

UX and Visual Designer, Spotify
Founder, Where are the Black Designers?

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Wendy MacNaughton headshot

Wendy MacNaughton

Illustrator and Graphic Journalist
Co-founder, Women Who Draw

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Contact us
Questions about the contest? We're here to help. Drop us a line!
Picture this: Your artwork on view at the Academy!
Register now to receive information about free online workshops led by our judges and Academy staff. Learn more about design, how to create compelling posters, and how you could pursue a successful design career.
Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Diversity x Design poster contest is generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.