Communication Design students created a series of posters celebrating Melbourne’s landmark river, the Birrarung — the Wurrundjeri name for the Yarra River.
Their brief was simple: illustrate a distinguishing feature of the river...
The posters they produced display incredible variety, not only in their graphic style and technique, but also in the river feature each student chose to focus on. Some celebrate the river as a ribbon of nature through the city, illustrating the native plants, birds and fish that can be found in its more natural corners. Others celebrate the river’s recreational opportunities, from going for a walk along its banks, rowing along its straights, or listening to a song played on the nearby Federation Bells.
MADA’s Deputy Head of Communication Design, Gene Bawden, contributed the design for the exhibition’s introductory poster, transforming the letters of “Birrarung” into the curves, flows, and eddies of the river itself.