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A Polite Gathering at Poster Offensive 5

Poster Offensive 5 opened last night with a show at the Rosalux (formerly Frank Stone Gallery). Many terrific posters taking on important social issues like sex, politics, religion, food safety… all the stuff you’re not supposed to talk about at family gatherings. This and the very reasonable prices make these posters ideal holiday gifts! The show was very well attended and Cindy and I bumped into a number of creative class stars including Zara and Quan Hoangzalez, Kyle Phillips, Judson Koehn and Peet Fetsch. Not to mention landscape architects Bret Wieseler and Erica Christenson with whom we enjoyed some fancy eats at The Sample Room prior to the show. More photos on PosterOffensive’s flickr photostream.

Poster Offensive Prints

I’ve finally finished printing, trimming, signing and numbering my entry into Poster Offensive 5. A limited edition run of 40 in metallic blue on 100 lb. cover (Grout Gray) by French Paper. I’ve got lots to learn before I achieve the technical skills of poster artists I admire but I’m pleased with my first screen printing project since my professor Doug Minkler introduced me to the medium 20 years ago.
The Poster Offensive is a collection of posters each of which express a strong opinion on a social or political theme of the artist’s choice. Wars often spark a headlong rush to develop technological advancements. Yet at the same time our use of those advanced technologies for wanton killing and destruction diminishes our connection to our humanity. What will we be when we have “advanced” to a state where we premptively kill our enemies via satellite – never looking our advisary in the eye? When it becomes easier to eliminate a problem than to address it? When the weapon in our hand looks the same as the joy stick connected to a child’s video game? Will something fundamental to our humanity have retreated as far as our technology has advanced? That’s the question I hope will be asked when looking at my spin on the classic “Evolution of Man” illustration.
It should be a thought provoking show. The Frank Stone Gallery in Minneapolis will host the show from October 28 through November 7, 2010 with an opening reception on Friday, October 29th.

Gotta Go Number 5

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The list of participants in Poster Offensive 5 has just been released. The official manifesto says “The Poster Offensive is an independent, non-partisan poster show, which utilizes the politically potent medium of the poster to showcase contemporary interpretations and critiques of political and social issues.” But don’t let the warm and fuzzy language fool ya. There has been no shortage of sharply pointed and passionate posters in years past.

The Frank Stone Gallery in Minneapolis will host the show from October 28 through November 7, 2010 with an opening reception on Friday, October 29th.

Here’s the list of 71 artists and and as many links as I could turn up without hurting myself. Certainly enough talent to keep you busy for awhile: Kent Aldrich of Nomadic Press, Brian Beatty, Cranky Pressman, Landland, James Boyd-Brent, Chelsea Brink, Thomas Brodahl, Ross Bruggink, Bill Burns, Anchalee Chambundabongse, Candy Chang, Mike Davis, Jamey Erickson of Sevnthsin, Bill Ferenc, TOOTH, Zara Gonzalez, Austin Gullixson, Chad Hagen, Jessica Hall Burns, J. Namdev Hardisty of The MVA, Robb Harskamp, LovelyMpls, Amy Jo, Ben Hribar, Greg Hubacek, Aesthetic Apparatus, Steve Jockisch, Jeff Johnson, Craig Johnson, Josh Journey-Heinz, Daniel Kent of ikhoor, Joe Kral, Selina Larsen, Ben Levitz, Steve Marth, Justin Martinez, Patrick Maun, Aaron Melander, Samantha Michaels, Lukas Mills, Bill Moran, Kelly Munson, Sarah Osborn, Vahalla Studios, Ben Pagel, Jamie Patrick Paul of Lost & Found Dept., Eric Plumb, Aaron Pollock, Andy Powell, Aaron Purmort, Adam Ramerth, John Reichel, Lucas Richards of MouseSaw, Jesse Ross, Chip Schilling, David Schwen, Scott Shore of Lure Design, Johnny Slocum, Mickey Smith, John Solimine of Spike Press, Krista Stout from Papered Together, Mate Steinforth, Colin Strandberg of The Work Steady, Jason Teegarden-Downs of Delicious Design League, Emma Trithart, Adam Turman, Tony Venne, Burlesque of North America, Dustin Yerks, Nick ZdonTodd Zerger of BrainstormOverload and Peet Fetsch (who is also organizing the Poster Offensive effort! Thanks Peet.).

Time and Tide Waited for 3 Years

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While looking for info graphic inspiration on the site informationisbeautiful.net I found this gorgeous tide chart designed by Wilfred Castillo as a student project (at San Jose State in California) three years ago – back in 2007. Definitely beautiful enough to hang in the house except it isn’t available. Sorry to get your hopes up but better to have loved and lost right? Willfred’s site showcases some other nice work you can’t have too and is worth a visit.

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Freedom of Expression

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Two things I’m very fond of are posters and human rights. Living in the United States means I am fortunate enough to be able to take my human rights more or less for granted and spend my time enjoying and designing beautiful things. Time others must spend simply enduring a repressive environment. I’m not going to suggest that a collection of posters is going to change conditions in your average, totalitarian, military or religious dictatorship directly. I do believe, however, that we are all connected somehow and that the energy and direction of large numbers of people has a subtle influence on events.

If this is true then the time you spend and empathy you feel while viewing the collection of 100 posters assembled by Posters 4 Tomorrow is time well spent and energy well directed. Share the link or do a design of your own for next year with the goal that as the belief in and expectation of freedom of expression spreads so too will the reality of it. Imagine all the amazing creativity that could be unleashed when every person is free to speak, draw, photograph and sing to their heart’s content.

Oh Hang Astronomy

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Prints of the International Year of Astronomy posters designed by Simon Page are now available on inPRNT – in two sizes no less. Spruce up your crib by ordering two and shipping is free. Original post.

Things Are Looking Up

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There’s something special about a great poster. It’s not exactly an illustration and yet it isn’t exactly a design either. Brilliant posters are a magical kind of hybrid that appeals to a wide swath of humanity. The truly brilliant ones communicate their intent even when the words on them are in a language that is foreign. So it is with a new series of posters that Simon Page designed for the simple pleasure of it. He chose the International Year of Astronomy (2009) as a foil for exploring his passion for geometric design and came up with eight posters reminiscent of the space race of the 60’s that none the less feel really fresh. My favorite part of the story is that response to his designs has been so overwhelmingly positive and so wide spread that representatives from the IYA2009 actually contacted him and the posters are in production now. Tell me that isn’t what you dream about happening to one of your side projects. Nice work Simon, kudos to the IYA2009 for recognizing a good thing and acting on it and thanks to my bro the indefatigable supplier of interesting links, coder-surfer-man-about-town and self-styled Emperor of the Universe for bringing them to my attention.

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AIGA Get Out the Vote Posters

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The AIGA continues its tradition of organizing the creation and distribution of Get Out the Vote posters. This year a small number have been printed as a limited edition set. However, each poster in the collection, which currently stands at 313, can be downloaded as a PDF allowing you to print your own favorites. There is still time for members to contribute a design and if even I can pull it off (above) I know you can do a smashing design.

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