Graphic Activism

Graphic Activism : Posters with a Global Conscience

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The power of the poster is its ability to make a strong and accessible visual statement. With ready access to broadband, mobile and digital technologies, the poster's role has expanded well beyond the limitations of the printed surface, energised by the modern tools of protest. Our new technologies can now offer truly global conversations coupled with unprecedented opportunities for inventing alternative ways of changing attitudes or showing defiance or solidarity. The poster, with its mix of both low-tech and high-tech, of old and new, has clearly become a cornerstone of 21st century protest. The 150 posters included in this book have been created by graphic artists from across the world in response to major events; be they political, environmental or specific catastrophic events. From the devastating impact of 9/11 in 2001 through the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2012 and the Occupy movement, these posters are eloquent in their visual impact. Graphic artists from over 32 countries including Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Australia and the Far East appear in the book. Some names, such as Milton Glaser, are well known while others will be new to most readers.
With information about the events and the artists, 'Graphic Activism. Posters with a Global Conscience' will be a resource for graphic designers, social historians, students, artists and political activists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 250 x 330mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 150 Colour
  • 1908126361
  • 9781908126368

Table of contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction; 26 ways of thinking about a graphic advocacy poster; 9/11; Politics; Protest; Feminism, children and the family; Natural disasters; Environment; Index.
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About Elizabeth Resnick

Elizabeth Resnick is professor and chair of the Graphic Design Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She is a passionate design curator who has developed and organised design exhibitions since in 1991. Her latest exhibition, 'Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012', is the third in a series of socio-political poster exhibitions in the subject of this book. The previous two exhibitions were 'The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment 1965-2005' and 'Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010'; both are currently travelling in the US and abroad. Professor Resnick's previous publications include catalogues for both the exhibitions mentioned above, 'Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics' (2003) and 'Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication' (1984).
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