The following posters were kindly donated by James Lapides to Elizabeth Resnick, Professor and Chair of Graphic Design @ Massachusetts College of Art and Design who has organised the Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010.
Bellow are four of my favourite posters.
AIDS, the Killing Bite of Love
This is my favourite, simply because it's such a strong message. You don't need to be able to "read art" to know what the poster is trying to convey: Warning, a penis without a condom is as deadly as a snake!
The use of red and black adds to the drama and emergency of the warning. These colours are often used in nature as a warning, such as the red-back spider and red-bellied black snake.
I love the use of the boat life boy in this poster. Again, it's an easily recognised symbol merged with the image of a condom that tells us that a condom could save our lives.
My favourite part is simply the creativity behind the simple image. I love a poster that gets the message accross but tells us a little about the creator and how they're mind works. Great stuff.
Protect Yourself. The Only Way to Stop AIDS Is You
I enjoyed this poster because it had a little more going on in it than the others. It uses the positions of the naked bodies to form a skull, which is a warning in it's self. Against the waving black drapes the skull morphs into Death, which is a statement, more so than a warning. Using the naked bodies as it does warns of the acts that can lead to Death tracking us down.
It is a combination of these three images and the combined metaphor that I like so much and it's just a very attractive poster to boot.
Use Your Head—Wear a Condom
I laughed when I first saw this, not that it's a laughing matter. In a similar fashion to the "Live Saver" poster 2 posters above. In this poster, the words "Use your head where a condom" gives you a heads up, before you see the picture of the penis with a brain for a head. I see this as, "Use your head" not your penis to think.
Again I love the creative genius behind this, to relate the head of the penis to the brain and also position it so that they'd have similar dimensions, curves. It really drives home the message not to think with your dick.
I did a little search and found this so called good50x70 website and competitions for 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010. There are many categories, some of which are AIDs or STDs. Check them out.