Learning Activity – Focusing on Design With a Conscience

Sheppard Fairey

“Frank Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He first became known for his ‘Andre the Giant Has a Posse’” (…OBEY…) (www.obeygiant.com) sticker campaign, in which he appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. His work became more widely known in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, specifically his Barack Obama «Hope» poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Analyse his poster for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election and give your opinion on the use of style and its efficacy. Also critique the use of pastiche and typography.
Write one page (about 350 words) on your opinion of this design and substantiate your answers with examples.

Barack_Obama_Hope_poster

Referanser: http://www.e-ir.info/2010/06/28/the-visual-culture-in-politics-the-obama-“progress”-poster/

http://www.ukessays.com/essays/cultural-studies/hope-poster-by-shepard-fairey-cultural-studies-essay.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_%22Hope%22_poster

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