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
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Design for Obama—a Web site started in 2008 to
promote Barack Obama's campaign for the U.S.
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, December 10, 2011
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
Friday, June 24, 2011
Mitt Romney's campaign has now borrowed from the British
Conservative Party's very successful campaign that brought Margaret
Thatcher and her party to power in 1979. Romney's Website features
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...
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Mauritius—a volcanic island republic located off the
coast of Africa in the Indian...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The moose was the symbol of the Progressive Party in the United
States, which was organized by supporters of former President
Theodore Roosevelt (TR) when he was denied the Republican
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...
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,
Friday, April 30, 2010
Jonathan Gabay of brand forensics talks to the
BBC about the British Conservative Party's poster campaign for this
Friday, April 2, 2010
How important are good looks and smiles on political posters,
billboards, direct-mail pieces, Web sites, and television to
political consultants and designers?
Well, it depends. Does a...
Monday, March 15, 2010
Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National (FN) Party of France
has once again issued an anti-immigration poster, titled “No
to Islamism,” which borrows greatly from a
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
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Mark Jones, on a
Reuters blog that focuses on Britain, speculates that...
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
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Many have decried the "presidentialization," "Americanization,"
and infusion of marketing into British politics, although these
trends have been apparent for quite a few years...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The next general election in the United Kingdom must take place
by June 3, 2010. All seats in the House of Commons will be filled.
In the latest
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,...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Steven Heller, writing in his Daily
Heller blog, has an interesting piece on posters to
promote the Tea...
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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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, 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
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....