What Kimmelman Left Out

STOP MINARETER. Kunstneren bag plakaten forklarer, at han bruger sine plakater til at illustrere og spille på følelser, der allerede er der. Hans kunst må gerne være krads, så længe den er sand. Arkivfoto: Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP
 
In Sunday’s New York Times Arts & Leisure article, “When Fear Turns Graphic,” Michael Kimmelman’s excellent report on how the European right wing is using posters to kindle anti-Islamic and anti-immigrant fires, he introduces Alexander Segert, the creative director for the PR firm GOAL, flak of the “populist” Swiss People’s Party. Mr. Segert, who is referred to as the minister of propaganda for the European right, is quoted as saying about his poster campaigns: “We’re successful because we
know how to reduce information to the lowest level, so people respond
without thinking.”
 
However, Kimmelman neglected to make one of the most obvious comparisons — the employ of “lowest level” posters by the Nazis used to propagate their racial policies. Perhaps the link to anti-Islam and anti-Semitic posters is implicit, but just in case it is not, here is (below) a poster for the scandalous propaganda film “The Eternal Jew.” The image became the accepted demonic stereotype accepted by the nation.  For more on how graphics are used to demonize watch this.
 
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https://www.msu.edu/~wandless/eternaljewlposter.jpg
http://www.goovideo.com/images/minarette_initiative-212x300.jpg
 
 
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

3 thoughts on “What Kimmelman Left Out

  1. OvidiuHrin

    Here is another fact from last year.

    Same guys – same designer. Another topic.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuzz/3192245972/

    This is the poster they designed to vote against open borders and also against the freedom of work in CH.

    The crows are Bulgaria and Romania.

    An interresting fact is that I discovered recently this Facebook account with the ‘Voice of the People’ supporting this movement.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56058648637

    it had 485 members

    well this is the facebook link to your topic

    http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=189524884756#/pages/JA-zu-Osterreich-ohne-Minarette/189524884756

    using the same graphic but for the Minarettes in Austria…

    It gathered 9500 voices.

    Apparently Graphic Design just works. Like literature, like music, like architecture… on both sides be it hate or love.

  2. OvidiuHrin

    Here is another fact from last year.

    Same guys – same designer. Another topic.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuzz/3192245972/

    This is the poster they designed to vote against open borders and also against the freedom of work in CH.

    The crows are Bulgaria and Romania.

    An interresting fact is that I discovered recently this Facebook account with the ‘Voice of the People’ supporting this movement.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56058648637

    it had 485 members

    well this is the facebook link to your topic

    http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=189524884756#/pages/JA-zu-Osterreich-ohne-Minarette/189524884756

    using the same graphic but for the Minarettes in Austria…

    It gathered 9500 voices.

    Apparently Graphic Design just works. Like literature, like music, like architecture… on both sides be it hate or love.

  3. OvidiuHrin

    Here is another fact from last year.

    Same guys – same designer. Another topic.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nuzz/3192245972/

    This is the poster they designed to vote against open borders and also against the freedom of work in CH.

    The crows are Bulgaria and Romania.

    An interresting fact is that I discovered recently this Facebook account with the ‘Voice of the People’ supporting this movement.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56058648637

    it had 485 members

    well this is the facebook link to your topic

    http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=189524884756#/pages/JA-zu-Osterreich-ohne-Minarette/189524884756

    using the same graphic but for the Minarettes in Austria…

    It gathered 9500 voices.

    Apparently Graphic Design just works. Like literature, like music, like architecture… on both sides be it hate or love.

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