Saturday, September 22, 2012
Poster for Tuxedo Stan, a cat running as a write-in candidate for
Mayor of Halifax, Canada, under the banner of the Tuxedo Party.
According to its Facebook page, "The Tuxedo...
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The 1864 U.S. presidential election campaign—which was
held the year after Robert E. Lee's defeat at Gettysburg—was
an important one. As was the case in 1860, the North was
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The most famous political TV ad of all time—the so-called
"Daisy Spot"—was only run once. But it made quite an
The 1964 presidential election...
Monday, January 24, 2011
Political banners have been used for a couple of centuries in
the United States. At first, they were printed on cloth, and much
later on vinyl for outdoor use. Many of these banners were
Monday, January 17, 2011
Warren G. Harding, the presidential candidate of the Republican
Party in the United States in 1920, is portrayed by actor Malachi
Cleary in the HBO television series, "Boardwalk...
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
In its May auction, Heritage
Auction Galleries sold a copy of what it called "Perhaps the
Most Sought After of...
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Carl Paladino, the Buffalo real estate and development
millionaire, who won the New York State Republican gubernatorial
primary in September by a landslide and lost by twenty-seven
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
California voters next month could approve a proposition to permit
anyone 21 years or older to possess, cultivate, or transport
marijuana for personal use. Right now, the polls show voters...
Friday, April 30, 2010
Jonathan Gabay of brand forensics talks to the
BBC about the British Conservative Party's poster campaign for this
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The first round of Poland's presidential election will take
place on June 20. If no candidate garners more than 50% of the
vote, a second round will be needed, which will occur on
Saturday, March 6, 2010
James Blaine (Republican candidate for U.S. president in 1884)
was shown covered with tattoos in cartoons that ran during the
election campaign that year (even though he didn't have any
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The influential parenting Web site in Britain, Mumsnet.com, is being
used by the political parties to get across their messages to
Friday, February 12, 2010
Poland will elect its next president in October by direct vote
to serve a five-year term, and the campaign has already begun.
Although the president does not have much power, he or she can
Sunday, February 7, 2010
This Friday is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Lincoln, who was born
201 years ago in Kentucky, was ranked recently as the greatest U.S.
president (albeit in a
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sebastián Piñera, a conservative billionaire, won
Chile's presidential election in a runoff yesterday. It was the
first victory for a conservative in more than 50 years.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by the Honduran military in a
June 28th coup, after he planned to have a vote on a non-binding
resolution on constitutional change.
If voters had...
Saturday, September 26, 2009
German voters will elect a new parliament today, and German
involvement in the war in Afghanistan is a key issue, along with
Germany, which has 4,200 troops in Afghanistan,...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Between 10 and 5 is a blog that showcases South African
graphic design work from agencies, freelancers, illustrators,
Thursday, September 3, 2009
On Sunday, the voters of Japan overwhelmingly sent a message: we
want change! The more conservative party, the Liberal Democratic
Party (LDP), which has been in power for almost the entire...
Monday, June 15, 2009
Several Irish commentators are opining that an election poster
in support of one Mannix Flynn is an interesting one—at least
in Dublin. Ann Marie Hourihane, writing in the
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Elections for the lower house of the Indian Parliament, the
Lok Sabha, concluded on May 16.
The voters gave the ruling moderate-left Congress Party, led by
Prime Minister Manmohan...
Thursday, April 16, 2009
In 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for the
presidency of the United States. A one-time actress, spiritualist,
prostitute, and free-love advocate, she was a member of the...
Friday, February 20, 2009
Elections are scheduled this year in five countries in Latin
America, namely Chile, Panama, Uruguay, El Salvador, and Honduras.
World Audit rates the first three countries as "fully...
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Israel's parliamentary election is this Tuesday, with former
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party slightly favored to
regain power. Since the Israeli incursion into Gaza last
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Hillary Clinton’s “3 a.m." advertisement (released
in March) was named the “Best TV Spot” of the 2008
election, chosen by a large margin in a poll of
Monday, January 19, 2009
Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster, which became the most famous
icon of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, was unveiled at the
National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC, on January...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Iraq's provincial election will take place at the end of
January. Campaign posters are ubiquitous, especially in Baghdad,
but they are often defaced or ripped down soon after they go up (as
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The design team that developed the Obama ’08 campaign logo
team started its work at the end of 2006. Led by Sol Sender, the
team of designers generated many different logos in two...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The presidential campaign in Ghana just ended, with the voting
on Sunday resulting in a virtual tie between the two candidates.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
As far as I can tell, the Obama campaign was the first
ever to sell t-shirts with the candidate's portrait on it. And
there were a lot of different designs that featured his...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
In 1853, New Zealand held its first parliamentary elections. The
country conducted its most recent elections on Saturday, November
8. Voting always occurs on a Saturday, so that most people
Monday, November 10, 2008
MoveOn.org just announced that it is selling a "Yes We Did" poster.
It features the now-famous Shepard Fairey image of Barack Obama and
the Obama-for President-logo, with flowing...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
This year has seen yet another record for campaign expenditures
in the U.S. The projected total amount for the presidential and
congressional campaigns is $5.3 billion, according to the...
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The final "surge" is on in the last four days of the election
Labor unions almost always work to elect Democratic presidential
candidates in the U.S., and this year is...
Friday, October 24, 2008
Presidential campaign billboards have been placed in video games
for the first time by Barack Obama's team. The inserted ads appear
in the game Burnout Paradise, and "racers"...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Graphic designer Seymour Chwast has just displayed a pro-Obama
poster design on the interesting Website known as 30...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Before "Country First" (one of John McCain's slogans in this
year's campaign), there was "America First."
Interestingly, this slogan was used in two different years,
Friday, October 10, 2008
I've already discussed the guerrilla artists for Obama (Ron English
and Shepard Fairey), but what about other artists' work? We've seen
Ray Noland's "The Dream," but he has...
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
According to The Spot (a blog about political ads by
the Campaign Media Analysis Group, a division of TNS Media
Intelligence), special interest...
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Along with Apple, Coors, Nike, and Zappos, the Obama and McCain
campaigns have been nominated as finalists for Advertising
Age's "Marketer of the Year" Award,...
Monday, September 29, 2008
Some of the posters promoting Democratic candidate Barack Obama are
vaguely familiar in their "revolutionary" design. Most are
unauthorized by his campaign, in that they have...
Monday, September 22, 2008
In early nineteenth-century America, negative advertising and
distortion of candidate records were all practiced in
politics—in partisan newspapers, broadsides, and posters.
Today, this is...
Friday, September 19, 2008
Yard signs hold a prominent position in twenty-first-century
election campaign packages, although not much is said about them.
Both the Obama and McCain campaigns are selling these signs
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Slogans, ranging from “I Like Ike” (Republicans,
U.S., 1952) to “Labour Isn’t Working”
(Conservatives, Britain, 1978), have summarized entire political
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Guerrilla pop-artist Ron English has produced illegal billboards
("Phatfood," "The Cancer Kid," and "Fox News. We Deceive. You
Believe."), as well as posters...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Posters are widely used in election campaigns in India, even
though the country is rapidly modernizing, and other media are
becoming more common.
Recently, a city court ordered the...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
"Yes We Can"—Possibly derived from the United Farm
Workers' slogan of 1972. The union's leader, Cesar Chavez,
Sunday, September 7, 2008
British election posters (unlike those in the U.S.—at
least the authorized ones) are often striking in design and/or
visually outrageous. Not only are they generally more negative, but
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the "Andre the Giant Has a
Posse" street-art posters and stickers, which promoted the huge
wrestler in the late 1980s, designed a poster...
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Clinton campaign used a fairly conventional logo design. It was
patriotic, using a simplified, stylized flag. The type is serifed
and classy, but not very modern in feeling, and there...
Monday, September 1, 2008
Now that John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to
be on his ticket, let's look at a poster that was produced in
support of the only other woman to run for vice president. In
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The first Republican National Convention that nominated candidates
was held in 1856 in Philadelphia, and John Frémont was
chosen to run for the U.S. presidency....
In July, Barack Obama’s visit to Germany was promoted with a
poster that highlighted his speech in Berlin.
The design is obviously similar to those produced in...
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The basic McCain design has good contrast and it is dominated by
the candidate’s name. Notice the star and the gold line that
symbolizes John McCain’s military...
Monday, August 25, 2008
The 2008 Democratic National Convention begins today. The party's
first convention was held in 1832 in Baltimore. The
Democratic-Republican Party (as the party was then called)...
Friday, August 22, 2008
In recent American elections, all parties have usually employed
stylized designs that are often little more than giant
corporate-type logos, devoid of photographic portraits and
The winner of the McCain Poster Contest was announced this week.
The design by Byron of Mesa, Arizona won the most votes in the
competition on the...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In 1972, some of the posters for Democratic presidential
candidate George McGovern's campaign were intended to be
inspirational and appeal particularly to younger voters. N....