Graphics For Change

December 10, 2012

Shepard Fairey is an graphic designer who is most famous for his Obama Hope poster, which talks about the forthcoming change with his election at the time during 2008. This is an excellent example of how graphic design can influence something so profound, especially an historical time in history. He is also known for designing not only poster but book and album covers as well.



For my last blog post, I decided to look a non-professional infographic I came across that approached a subject that connected with me. The artist, hollychan found on, titled the infographic Casting Practices in Hollywood, and deals with the ongoing issue of severely unbalanced racially guided casting choices in film and television. Use hollychan mentions this being her first foray into infographics which I think makes the infographic worth looking at as a graphic designer, to note the aspects that could be strengthened as well as delineate what is ‘working’ for the purpose of the infographic. Firstly, I think that when the infographic is viewed at full-size, the generally large format of the infographic, and in particular its extreme length, makes the infographic a bit difficult to navigate on a computer screen. Decreasing the size of the elements in the infographic and changing the orientation to go horizontally would be a better choice, in my opinion. Also, the intro text in the beginning is, relative to the rest of the infographic, much too small and leaves a lot of unused space. However, while initially i wasn’t fond of the slight off-tile cropping of the running film element, I think it fits with the unsettled tone of the infographic’s message, calling attention to the negative effects of such unbalanced racial casting. The infographic makes a strong use of hierarchical scaling of the elements, conveying the quantitative information and the relative power differences represented properly. I also appreciated that the silhouettes of the various races didn’t rely on any stereotypical clothing, mannerisms, etc. to convey the racial identities.

hollychan’s Deviantart

Graphics for change

September 20, 2012

“childhood is not child’s play”                 ” Baby does not like smoke”
the posters are made by Alain Le Quernec , and Artist from France.

Alain Le Quernec was born in 1944, he studied art in Paris , he wanted to become an art teacher after his education. He became a professor in 1965.The student revolution in 1968 Paris inspired him with the power of political posters on street

.He quit his job of being a drawing professor in 1972 and started her career of being a graphic designer.

He made a cover for Graphics poster annual in 1979. In1987, he got his own  exhibition in Paris, which also gave him a chance to publish a catalog for his own art work.

I was impressed by “childhood is not child’s play” when I was reading some information about exhibition ” Graphic Imperative”,

the poster is simple ,  the artist used the negative space and a picture of baby to interpret the idea of ” protect the babies”. I am always overwhelm by those simple design which can bring out message so clear and so strong.

Since my cousin had just born a baby last month, I am still excited by the news of the new born baby, that’s why  I am trying to look at the art piece of Alain Le Quernec , to see if I  can find something about “baby”.

My eyes caught by the ” Baby doe not like smoke”, again, the design of the poster is very simple , it is not fancy , the dark background is matching with a baby , I believe the focal point of the poster is the baby holding a cigarette,

.After I saw this poster , the image of my baby niece holding a cigarette pop up to my mind , which makes me feel awful.

Both posters are talking about protection to child ( and baby), I think Alain Le Quernec  express it effectively  from his simple design.




Little Boy

September 11, 2012


This poster by Uwe Loesch is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the dropping of “Little Boy” on Hiroshima. The image of a young boy reminds viewers of those affected by the bomb, as well as serving as a warning for the future about nuclear weapons. The minimalist design juxtaposes the name of the bomb with the actual image of a young boy.  Surreal also reminds us of the radiation people were exposed to when the bomb was dropped.

The Graphic Imperative

Uwe Loesch (Site is in German)

Genetically Modified Food

September 11, 2012

Genetically Modified Food

This poster is opposing the use of hormones and science to change the way food is made. It advocates naturally grown food. People aren’t aware of the way the food they eat is made and what effects it could have on their health.
I think the poster is extremely effective in stating its message. It shows food being skewered onto a medical syringe on a simple background that doesn’t distract from the picture. The blue background and blue font compliments the big, bold, blue glove.

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[NO MORE FUKUSHIMA 2011/NO MORE HIROSHIMA 1945_ Takashi Akiyama]

The committee of antinuclear poster execution centered with U.G.Sato opened graphic designer and illutrator’s antinuclear poster exhibition appealing by visual. November 16,2011 for 25 days, in Kuwasawa Design school first floor big hall, famous foreign designer participated so it became over 200 exhibition. One of the execution member Takashi Akiyama also joined and made poster. The nuclear power plant accident in the disaster of the East japan earthquake was huge horror that can not imagine. They had to explain that the problem was impossible to solve.

The design of the poster was personification of the Mark 1 silhouette that US’s nuclear power maker ex-engineer Bridenbaugh produced. The ex-engineer propsed to stop because there was a problem that present but it was not accepted. (Japanese)

Yusaku Kamekura’s Hiroshima Appeals poster promotes peace, but also reflects on the horrors of the past. The use of butterflies burning down from a sky of ash show us how beauty was destroyed during World War II. Kamekura’s work refers to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima where hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed on the morning of the August 6, 1945. It is not just a poster that commemorates, but also educates about the threat of nuclear warfare. It is certainly a grim reminder of an event that changed the course of the war, but the artist portrays it in a way to speak out against war and the immediate terrors that ensue.