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A blog dedicated to the examination of communications in election campaigns, with a focus on posters
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the iconic "Hope" poster for Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, has produced some striking anti-Trump posters.
One, titled "Demagogue," was done in collaboration with the band Franz Ferdinand, which wrote and performed a song with the same name. For more on this Orwellian poster, click here.
Recently, Fairey designed three posters, which displayed images of Muslim, Latino, and African-American women—with all the posters using red, white, and blue colors. The most powerful poster, in my opinion, is shown to the right, of a Muslim woman, with a flag hijab, seen looking out at viewers. All three posters were intended to be downloaded and printed for protesters at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, DC. For more on Fairey's recent posters, click here.
Fairey, who created a tee-shirt design for Bernie Sanders in the past election cycle, did not design anything in support of Hillary Clinton, who beat Sanders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016, although he did say he would vote for her.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Many artists produced posters with artwork for the Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic Party's presidential nomination.
Greg Auerbach—based in Los Angeles—created two that were available on his Web site to download, with prints of one mixed-media design, "We All Deserve a Future," sold on the Sanders campaign's Web store for $50.00. The work featured newspaper clippings and headlines such as "Rich-poor gap election focus—maybe not" and "Sanders prompts change," as well as images of The White House, flag, and the candidate, shown making a dramatic gesture.
To view some of Auerbach's political designs, click here.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
As the California Democratic presidential primary looms this Tuesday, the campaign for Bernie Sanders continues with many of his supporters attacking Wall Street and big-bank influence on politicians, as well as Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and even President Barack Obama. Some of this is reflected in the artwork created by progressive artists, as can be seen in this gallery.
Several of the designs are for sale on the candidate's Web site in his store.
One was done by two teenage twins from Los Angeles, California, and shows Sanders as "Captain America" smashing Trump. Other artists seen in the gallery have imitated the styles of Milton Glaser, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jim Henson.
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?