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A picture is worth a thousand words

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words then it’s no wonder that campaign posters have the power to incite change.

Following the increased waves of activism around the time of the 2016 Presidential Election, Princeton Architectural Press put out a call for designers to contribute to a collection of tear-out posters. Nearly 300 people from around the world submitted their designs and Posters for Change* showcases 50 calls to action, highlighting issues such as climate change, gender rights and healthcare.

Posters for Change book review

Princeton Architectural Press Editorial Director, Jennifer Lippert: “When the world goes crazy, as it sometimes does and seems to have recently, we, collectively, need to remember that our voices do matter and need to be heard.”

This is graphic design at its most memorable and impactful. Here’s a closer look at some of my favourites from the collection.

Posters for Change book review

Imagination by Jillian Coorey, an associate professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. I studied film and journalism throughout my further and higher education and I was always shocked to read of the lack of respect for the arts and the consistent cuts to funding to allow people to pursue creative projects.

Posters for Change book review

Protect Trans Youth by Lauren Simkin Berke, illustrator. I was shocked and heart-broken to read this headline last year: Almost half of trans pupils in UK have attempted suicide, survey finds. The Stonewall survey also showed that eight out of 10 trans young people bullied at school or college have self-harmed, despite instances of LGBT bullying decreasing. Protect trans youth.

Posters for Change book review

You Are Welcome, You Belong by Globe Collection and Press at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). I have had the pleasure of working with students in further or higher education for the last six or seven years and it’s so cool to see students with ‘alternative’ interests find their own place to belong. For the longest time I toned down my geekiness and my differences but now I wear it like a badge of honour.

Posters for Change book review

Green for a boy… by Ian Perkins, a British designer. As the mother of a young boy I’ve done my best not to enforce or encourage gender stereotypes. I’ve bought him clothes in every colour of the rainbow and if we’re out shopping and he wants to choose a toy which others might label as ‘for girls’ then that’s cool with me. We have quite the collection of pink ponies!

Posters for Change book review

Not Cool by Daniel Baxter, award-winning illustrator. This is one of my favourites because the words and image are equally as important – one doesn’t work without the other. So clever.

I have a few coffee table books which I wish had perforated pages so that I could put some of the prints on my wall. Now that I have an awesome poster book with tear-out pages I almost want to keep it all together. But that would defeat the purpose now, wouldn’t it! I’ll certainly be putting some up in my office and sharing some with friends who I know will appreciate the message.

You can buy Posters for Change here.

If you liked this, you should check out Why I March, Act Now and Make Change.

*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes but all thoughts are my own.

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