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A blog dedicated to the examination of communications in election campaigns, with a focus on posters
Monday, February 1, 2016
When Barack Obama ran for U.S. president in both 2008 and 2012—beginning in his primary campaigns for that first nomination by the Democratic Party—artists (both professional and amateur) produced poster designs in support of his candidacy. Some were printed, and then sold on the Obama Web site; others were displayed on the Internet. (One Web site—Design for Obama—was started in 2008, was resurrected in 2012, and is still up and running, with some posters for sale at present.)
Now, on the Bernie 2016 Web site, a number of "volunteer' poster designs are being displayed in support of Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination in the primaries. Click here to see them. There is also a link on the site to "Women for Bernie created art."
The poster by Aled Lewis (seen to the right) was included in a post by the candidate, which supporters were urged to retweet.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
About a week ago, the Chris Christie campaign issued a negative bumper sticker—directed at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who is running for her party's presidential nomination. Christie is running for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
It proclaims "No Way in Hill" in red, white, and blue, and incorporates both the Clinton 2016 and Obama 2008 logos.
It is quite uncommon for national campaigns to issue such negative bumper stickers and posters these days.
Can anyone recall the last time this happened?
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Here's an interesting and different poster, available for purchase on the Rand Paul for President Website for the clever price of $20.16.
Paul is running for the 2016 Republican Party nomination in the United States.
From his Website: "We need a president who can see clearly, so why not start with one that knows vision and sight better than any other candidate. Dr. Rand Paul is an ophthalmologist (eye doctor), serving in the US Senate. Professionally, he has corrected the vision of thousands and now will do the same thing in the White House.. and we're not talking about a new prescription for President Obama."
Monday, April 13, 2015
Hillary Clinton's campaign just unveiled its new logo. Like George W. Bush in 2004 (at least in one poster), the candidate is identified with one letter in the design. Like most U.S. election logos, it is red, white, and blue. Like President Obama's 2012 logo, it says her campaign's goal for America is to "move forward" (albeit with an arrow, as well as a word).
And, like the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, her Web site and social media pages incorporate the logo in an attempt to rebrand her as a candidate with a fresh message, directed at all Americans, while her rollout video targets the middle class, particularly women.
Her new logo is much simpler and more "modern" than her 2008 design. To read my take on her 2008 logo, go to my September 3, 2008 blog post. Back then, I characterized it as "a fairly conventional logo design," which was also patriotic, and slightly stylized and simplified (compared to other political logos).
That being said, her 2016 logo has already generated numerous comments. The positive ones like its simplicity, colors, and "forward" symbolism. The negative comments focus on it being similar to other designs (including "go this way to the hospital"), allegedly poor artistry, and believe that the message is confusing. To read some of opinions, click here.
Of course, the best U.S. presidential campaign logo was probably Obama's 2008 design. To read what I said about that logo, go to my August 22, 2008 blog post.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Women voters have been targeted in British parliamentary elections since 1918, after women over the age of 30 were enfranchised, and, more actively, since 1929, after the voting age for women was lowered to 21 the previous year. In fact, the 1929 election is known as "The Flapper Election." In that year, a poster showed Labour leader James Ramsay MacDonald with a young woman dressed as a flapper. Another 1929 Labour Party poster illustrated both men and women workers lining up at a polling place, with a closed factory nearby.
Soon, however, most British posters showed women in more traditional roles. For example, a poster in the 1930s showed a woman holding a child, with the appeal “Mothers—Vote Labour” and a Conservative Party poster in that decade depicted an elderly woman, above the statement, “We must think of our savings and our home. That’s why I’m voting for the National Government” (in which the Conservatives would be dominant).
Women with their families, especially with children, were the predominant images for females in posters throughout the next few decades.
Thereafter, most election posters showed women as voters, workers, and candidates. However, in the recent national campaign, Labour appealed directly to women to "stop politics being a “men-only club,” in a "Woman-to-Woman" campaign, which features a pink minibus. The party has been criticized for the "Barbie doll" color of the bus.
For more on British election campaigns, read the book, Posters, Propaganda, and Persuasion in Election Campaigns Around the World and Through History.