Poster design Competition “NO EXCUSE”

TAM-TAM Institute in cooperation with the Društvo SOS telefon society hereby announces the 11th International PLAKTIVAT Competition for a city poster design on the topic of “NO EXCUSE”

The current communicative action addresses the issue of violence against women. This is one of the most widespread and hidden forms of human rights’ violations. It is grounded in unequal social relations between the genders, stems from the unfair distribution of personal and social authority between the genders, and arises from cultural environments and education systems. Violent behaviour is most often taught and passed from generation to generation. While women suffer different forms of violence, this communicative action focuses on partner violence.

Every one in two women falls victim to psychological violence and every one in four women to physical violence. The violence occurs behind closed doors; furthermore, women often hide the existence of violence in the family. The main reasons for this are fear, shame, feelings of guilt, economic dependency, and the assigning of great value to the image of “the perfect family”. Often, they simply have nowhere to go, or fail to see or recognise the option to do so.

Most often the turning point is reached, when a woman realizes her struggle to preserve her relationship with the instigator of violence works to her own detriment and/or the detriment of her children. At this point she seeks out help outside the relationship, demanding a right to her own life, and finally ends the relationship. This is often her only chance to lead a regular life without future violence and to stop the pattern of violent behaviour from being passed to the children.

The most widespread form of violence against women is psychological violence. It starts with possessive and controlling behaviour and manipulation, followed by insults, yelling, and threats.

Psychological violence often evolves into physical violence, which typically gradually increases. Some of the actions, which fall under the heading of physical violence are: slapping, beating, kicking, boxing, thrusting, hair pulling etc.

Violence is a method of exercising control over another; by use of physical, psychological, sexual, and economic violence, the perpetrator demonstrates their dominance.

Women often believe that the violence against them is their fault; however, the cause of the violence never lies with the victim, the responsibility lies always and exclusively with the perpetrator of the violence. Violent behaviour is a matter of the perpetrator’s choice; it can therefore not be excused by any behaviour on the part of the victim.


We want to
– reduce the number of victims of partner violence who often do not see a way out;

– raise the general public’s awareness of the unacceptability of any form of violence against women.


Participation in the competition is free of charge. The competition is open to all creators, individuals as well as agencies and companies, who want to help create our common living environment. By submitting their work to the competition, the artists agree to all of the competition’s provisions; i.e. those clearly stated in the competition documentation, as well as those which can be reasonably deduced.


-The winning poster will be printed and published on 500 TAM-TAM city posters across Slovenia,
-It will be automatically entered in the competitions of the Slovenian Advertising Festival SOF and the Brumen biennial of Slovenian Design,
-The winner receives Plaktivat’s MEGAFON and a winning plaque,
-All participants receive a plaque commemorating their participation, awarded by the organizer of Plaktivat, TAM-TAM INSTITUTE.

The jury reserves the right to select two or more winning creative solutions.

Results will be published at the middle of November 2018 at and


The competition officially begins when the call is disseminated via email and published at and as well as through other institutions.

The deadline for the submission of posters is midnight, 2  November 2018. All submissions received by the deadline will be considered. For additional information regarding the competition you can write to until and including 25 October 2018.


The jury consists of the following seven members:

– Robert Bohinec – Futura DDB — chairman of the jury,
– Petja Montanez – Publicis,
– Gregor Žakelj — VBG,
– Kristijan Andoljšek — Innovatif,
– Blaž Kocjančič – Internavti,
– Tina Popovič — Divja misel,
– Blaž Gregorin – TAM-TAM.


– Technical suitability (Competition requirements)
– Taking into account the specifics of TAM-TAM city posters
– Originality
– Innovative approach
– Communication clarity
– Positivity of the message

The Rules on the Work of the Commission shall be published at


Your creative solution must fit the format of TAM-TAM city posters. Take note that the posters are located outside in the streets and design your poster accordingly, so that it will be legible and communicate its message well in the multitude of visual stimuli of the street environment. Consider that city posters are usually initially noticed from a distance of a few metres (we only get up-close later) — think about how to grab attention and how much text a city poster can take etc. In line with articles 22 and 23 of the Public Use of the Slovene Language Act, any text in a public environment must be in Slovene or alternatively the Slovene version must not be less prominent than the text in a foreign language. We are available for help with translation on

The poster must include the Društvo SOS telefon helpline number: 080 11 55, which must form part of the main message. The size of the phone number must equal at least 40 pt in the file format of 27,2 × 39,8 cm (this amounts to 200 pt on the actual 5 times larger poster size).

The poster must also be in line with PLAKTIVAT’s visual identity, and include PLAKTIVAT’s pre-prepared logos in the designated manner (Appendix: Graphic elements for the competition, instruction on preparing files).

Appended files:
– Graphic elements for the competition, instruction on preparing files,
– Communication brief for the designing of the poster,
– The rules on the work of the jury.

All documentation is accessible at:


The submission of designed posters counts as application to the competition, and is only completed when submitted electronically by email to: with the subject “Competition — PLAKTIVAT 11 – title or code of your poster”.

Email must include:

– File of the print-ready poster in PDF format (with PLAKTIVAT’s visual identity, and include PLAKTIVAT’s pre-prepared logos in the designated manner and name of designer),
– A version of the poster in JPG format without the author’s signature (to ensure anonymity during consideration — see appendix — instructions — the consideration process),
– The title or code of the poster,
– completed and signed form containing information about the author and statements.

*The winning applicant commits to providing a translation of their work into Slovene or supplying an editable file for the demands of said translation into Slovene. For help with the translation, please contact us on

An individual applicant may submit no more than 5 posters.


Authors and participants in the competition retain their moral copyright and agree that their submitted works may be used for any potential showcases run by the PLAKTIVAT project (online, at conferences, lectures, promotional events, materials and other publications in the scope of the PLAKTIVAT project). The authors of the posters agree to any potential publication of their names and works in the media.

Tender documentation and files:

Creative brief
Graphic elements and guidelines