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 with 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 eighth poster was created by the product and furniture designer Michael Marriott. In 2016, Marriott designed the wood and metal LMN tables and benches, created the Ernö plastic hook and installation in honour of Ernö Goldfinger for 2 Willow Road, staged an exhibition about Toyota and artist On Kawara in Tokyo, and launched the Millimetres Work campaign.
Marriott describes his poster for 2017 as essentially optimistic: "After all that has happened during 2016, we have to look to things we can believe in and that represent positive aspects of life and the future, like trees!"