Design for Obama

Design for Obama

Hardback Language: English / French / German / Spanish

By (author) Steven Heller, Edited by Spike Lee, Edited by Aaron Perry-zucker

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  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Language: English / French / German / Spanish
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 272mm x 25mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cologne
  • ISBN 10: 3836518562
  • ISBN 13: 9783836518567
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 533,187

Product description

This book features the poster art of the Obama '08 electoral campaign. The graphic innovation that helped make history. Hundreds of pro-Obama posters appeared on, a website for artists and designers wanting to support his candidacy. This selection of the very best, by renowned artists and up-and-comers, is an important social document of the most inspirational campaign in living history. From its inception, the Barack Obama campaign was destined to make history. Its message of inclusion and empowerment was spread by thousands of volunteers, drawn together by a grassroots organization of unprecedented size and enthusiasm. Design for Obama built on this spirit by creating an online forum where artists, designers, and advocates could upload their artworks and download others, all for free. Shepard Fairey's social realist "Hope" poster became 2008's enduring image, inspiring scores of artists to take their designs to the streets, rallies and registration drives, and homes and in offices around the country. Edited by founder and graphic designer Aaron Perry-Zucker and filmmaker, author, and activist Spike Lee, this collection showcases the 250 best posters. Contributors range from prominent graphic and street artists to young up-and-comers. With essays by Spike Lee, Perry-Zucker, and design historian Steven Heller, this outstanding poster collection serves as a matchless historical document of the most innovative and inspirational electoral campaign in living history, and the widespread visual creativity that helped spur Obama to victory.

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Author information

Spike Lee is a writer-director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema with such films as She's Gotta Have It (1986) and the Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992). He has produced and directed numerous documentaries, music videos, commercials, and sports programs; is the creator of the advertising agency Spike/DDB; and is the author of several books. Mr. Lee is a professor and the NYU Graduate Film program, where he is also artistic director. Aaron Perry-Zucker co-founder of Design Think Tank, a design consultancy for non-profit organizations. A graduate of RISD, he started while still a student. He is currently writing a reality TV show, launching a collective poster project, and blogging for Steven Heller, the co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author Program, writes the "Visuals" column for the New York Times Book Review, and is the author of over 120 books on design, illustration, and satiric art.