Wednesday, June 4, 2014
There are almost 100 Green political parties around the world.
They have similar platforms, which frequently call for
environmentalism, social justice, and non-nuclear...
Saturday, October 13, 2012
In 2008, Rafael López created a powerful poster for the
Barack Obama for President campaign. His
Friday, August 31, 2012
So far, it seems that neither major party candidate for the U.S.
presidency has inspired many artists to include their images in
posters promoting President Barack Obama or former Governor...
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Today, Mitt Romney added Congressman Paul Ryan to the Republican
national ticket, with a new slogan, "America's Comeback Team," and
a new logo. The logo does not use the large, stylized...
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Next year's election campaign in the United States promises to
be a wild one, with an incumbent president fighting increasingly
longer odds on his reelection, given the terrible state of
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
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...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Japanese now has a movement similar to the U.S. tea-party
movement, but in their country, there is a real political party to
The party is called "Minna no Tō,"...
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Although the donkey is used as a symbol of the U.S. Democratic
Party, it has never been officially adopted. The rooster, however,
was. The story begins in 1840, when the famous "Log...
Monday, May 10, 2010
The Whig Party's campaign in the United States in 1840 for
William Henry Harrison can be called the first great political
marketing campaign that mythologized a candidate. The campaign,
Thursday, May 6, 2010
It is surprising that televised debates—which began in the
United States in 1960—just arrived in the United Kingdom this
year! After all, British prime ministers have responded to...
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
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
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
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In the video posted below, Bill Whittle, on Pajamas
TV, makes some good points (made by many, including
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Three books with posters that promoted Barack Obama for president
of the U.S. last year have just been released:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Swiss People's Party (SVP) is at it again—this time
with a poster urging a ban on the building of any minarets in the
country. The poster shows a woman in a burka and the minarets on
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,
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Steven Heller, writing in his Daily
Heller blog, has an interesting piece on posters to
promote the Tea...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Les Otten, a Republican running for governor of Maine (election
to be held in 2010) has a logo that is similar to the very
successful logo devised for Barack Obama last year.
It has the...
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
Monday, June 8, 2009
There are anti-immigrant parties in many European countries,
including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France,
Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, and Switzerland
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Political Web sites all over the world have copied Barack
Obama's very successful site—in their designs, color schemes,
features, and more! Regardless of their position on the
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...
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Last month, the Swiss electorate voted for a referendum allowing
the free movement of workers in 27 European Union (EU) countries.
Almost 60% favored the referendum.
The opposition to 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
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Iraqi politicians have embraced American political methods, as
evidenced by their behavior in the campaign leading up to the
provincial elections on January 31, according to the
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
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The 2008 U.S. Republican Party Platform supported border
security and English as the official national language, and opposed
any amnesty for illegal immigrants. These stands—emphasized
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.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Finland—according to World Audit—is ranked #1 of the world's
countries for "democracy" (after a review of...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Eric Portis is an artist who created an interesting poster to
promote Barack Obama, with copies intended to be sold on the
streets of Denver, the site of the Democratic National Convention
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....