Ode to NYC Returns to the Big Apple

NYCxDESIGN’s annual poster contest once again graces iconic locations throughout New York City.

In the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYCxDESIGN, the nonprofit organization behind NYCxDESIGN: The Festival as well as other initiatives, launched Ode to NYC. Inspired by Milton Glaser’s I Love NY logo, they asked the city’s design community to share their hope, love, and longing for New York in graphic form. The resulting posters were displayed around the city, offering some optimism during the darkest days of the pandemic.

As the pandemic nears its second anniversary, Ode to NYC returns. The theme “Our Future City” reflects the reassessment of priorities that took place over the last 18 months and the possibilities of a brighter post-pandemic future.

The 16 poster designs and their designers represent the diversity and vibrance of New York’s design scene. Posters were contributed by: Debbie Millman of the School of Visual Arts, Paula Scher of Pentagram, Suchi Reddy of Reddymade, Amaurys Grullon of Bronx Native, Karim Rashid, Ghetto Gastro with New Studio, Sloan Leo of FLOX Studio Inc., Ifeoma Ebo of Creative Urban Alchemy and BlackSpace Urbanist Collective, Julian Alexander of Slang Inc., Ignacio Serrano Perez of Milton Glaser, Elizabeth Von Lehe of HDR, Toni L. Griffin of Urban American City with Siena Scarff, Liz Collins, Rich Tu, as well as firms Triboro Design, and Practice for Architecture & Urbanism.

Visitors and locals alike can see the posters on board the NYC Ferry, as well as on massive screens at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, and Fulton Center. They will also be distributed to 75 storefront locations throughout the five boroughs. A full map of participating locations can be found at nycxdesign.org, and posters are available for purchase through Poster House with all proceeds going to benefit Silicon Harlem, a nonprofit that works to build digital equity in the city through access to broadband internet.

An Ode to NYC is generously supported by the A&D Building, Artistic Tile, Caesarstone, Cosentino, Design Within Reach, Eventscape, Fabricut, Herman Miller, Kohler, Pindler, Room & Board, Sherle Wagner, The New York Design Center at 200 Lex, The Shade Store, and Tile Bar. Each of these partners will showcase posters in their showrooms or retail locations.

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