Political Design

When the U.S. Army Banned a Comic Book About War

It was 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War. President Johnson was escalating his lies to Congress and the public that prolonged this horrific and unwinnable South Asian conflict. And in that year, America suffered 6,350 fatal military casualties, well over triple the number of deaths in 1965. And a war comic titled...

Robbie Conal Never Gives Up

When it comes to papering the town with political invective, Robbie Conal, America’s veteran street artist, never gives up or gives in. He’s always in the thick of the culture wars – and this one is a biggie. I’ve written about him often but his current double sided poster captures his prey better than...

Weekend Heller: Little Man, Tiny Heart

tiny trump is artist and designer Eric Corriel's response to the current political climate. A crowd-sourced public art installation that harness the energy, will, and geographic diversity of the public to inject resistance totems into the NYC landscape and beyond.

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...