This was the question that Disegno sent out to a group of 12 design studios at the end of the year, with an open brief to design a poster setting out a vision for 2017. The designers were given rein to speculate, snipe, critique, amuse or predict. Disegno will publish the results of what they came up on Disegno Daily throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
The results are wildly divergent, all presenting a different vision for what the world has in store for the coming year. Some are optimistic, others mournful. All, however, evince their creators’ ability to surmise complex information and ideas in immediately graspable and relatable graphics and imagery.
Disegno’s ninth poster was designed by Raw Edges, the London-based design studio founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay. In 2016, Raw Edges created the exhibition design for the Vitra Design Museum's Alexander Girard exhibition and exhibited Herringbones, an exhibition during Milan's Salone del Mobile that showcased a dip-dying technique developed by the studio to build up intricate colour patterns on wooden furniture.
It is this latter technique that Raw Edges chose to utilise in its poster for 2017. "In our daughter's school carol service, the headteacher mentioned a conversation the children had had with an astronaut at the International Space Station," say Mer and Alkalay. "He said that from space he saw an Earth with no borders. We hope that 2017 will be a start toward this, although looking at 2016 it seems highly unlikely to start any time soon."