Political Design

The Other Revolution

We live in difficult times for democracy. We’ve been here before many times. Maybe not as violent as the Civil War between the states but possibly as critical to our collective survival. I was a moderate member of the “movement”, as the mass of youth culture dissidents were known in the Sixties, but there...

KKK Strikes Out

During this era, when our President boldly asserted there are “good people” on the bigoted white supremacist fringe, I was moved by the design and content of this important 1965 book about the Ku Klux Klan. There have been three stages of the Ku Klux Klan from its inception in 1865 through the 1920s...

Feasting on the President: Illustration in the Age of Trump

We can’t get away from Donald Trump. Newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, internet, Twitter(!). Everywhere, every day, every hour. Some people feed on it. Others tune out. Others are angry and want action, if not to impeach him, to make sure he’s not reelected. One thing for sure, the presidency of Donald Trump has been...

The Trump Baby Balloon: “A Taste of His Own Medicine”

The designer behind the Trump baby balloon wanted to give the president a taste of his own medicine The Trump Baby balloon first took flight last month in London during President Trump’s visit to the UK and now, the 20-foot-tall blimp depicting an orange, angry president in diapers will tour Australia for Trump’s visit...

Deleted By Fascists, Now Undeleted by Design

Vuk Ćosić is a Slovenian contemporary artist associated with the net. art movement commemorates the Jews murdered during the Holocaust in Ljubljana. The project is called “Undeleted” uses photos of residents of the Slovenian capital that have been reconstituted as concrete poetics with Hebrew letter forms. He created their faces by combining faces with...

How To Teach Our Children Justice

Last Thursday an animated video version of Graham Nash’s Crosby Stills Nash & Young hit song ‘Teach Your Children’ was published on the The Atlantic website. Using his signature style of sketchily painting over photographs, Jeff Scher used charged images of of 60s grassroots protest for civil rights and constitutional freedoms to recent protests...

Weimar 1919 in Amerika 2018

“In view of the current political and social situation,” writes Dr. Helmut Müller, Managing Director of the Bemeinnützige Kulturfonds in Frankfurt RheinMain, Germany, in the unforgettable, sadly retro-prophetic art history titled “Splendor and Misery in the Weimar Republic” (Hirmer), “in which the world seems to have lost its bearings, we should be particularly grateful...

Remix Politics

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: AUGUST 13 Jeff Gates, a graphic designer and writer, for the past eight years he has been remixing old propaganda posters with new text and altered imagery attacking the sorry state of American political discourse. He does this under the guise of the Chamomile Tea Party. Google Arts & Culture has...