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Posters and Election Propaganda

A blog dedicated to the examination of communications in election campaigns, with a focus on posters

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Shepard Fairey, Poster, 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.


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