The funding body of the association 100 Beste Plakate e. V. (100 Best Posters) has been holding an annual competition since 2002. Out of 2000 entries, an international jury —whose members change every year—awards ground-breaking posters from advertising, corporate design and author graphics. Established institutions, graphic design firms and advertising agencies located in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are eligible for application as well as students enrolled at any
German-speaking university or design school. The association not only aims to award outstanding achievements, but seeks to present the diversity of a medium that despite the ever increasing digitalisation of information has asserted itself as a means of announcement in public places or as a visualised message close to art. Meanwhile, the association has long become an independent authority which promotes the creative power of the genre. The selected posters are shown in exhibitions at home and abroad for several weeks at a time and are published in a yearbook. Starting with the 2016 edition, Verlag Kettler has the honour of publishing the results of the competition.
The image for the 100 Best Posters 16 was created by Yuan Wang, student at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany. Yuan’s designs were selected by the managing board from among different ideas presented by the students of Prof. Sascha Lobe who supervises the project. Yuan Wang, born 1988 in Jiangsu (China), has already gained attention through international awards (TDC New York, Golden Bee—Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design) and was one of the winners of The 100 Best Posters in 2015.