Posters on Anti-War, Coronavirus, and More from Michael Schwab, Dan Reisinger, Wesam Mazhar Haddad, and TSDdesign Inc.

New entries are stirring the pot, adding variety to today’s global social and political conversations for Protest Posters 2.

Michael Schwab shines with his “Los Californios” (above, left) poster.  Originally designed as a cover design for the California State Parks Society of California Archeology publication, it celebrates the cultural heritage of California and the Californios — Hispanic people who are native to California. The silhouette draws attention to cultural history and indigenous people often hidden in the shadows. Michael Schwab has numerous Graphis Gold and Silver awards.

The late Graphis Master Dan Reisinger (Israel) submitted his poster titled “Chernobyl 1986” (above, right) along with several other pieces of work before his passing. The electric yellow grabs attention through the harsh color palette aligned with caution. Positioning against nuclear proliferation he used the 1986 Chernobyl disaster as an example of disastrous events that occurred as a result. This is one of many poster designs that stood for awareness and change. Dan Reisinger is featured in Journal #362.

Wesam Mazhar Haddad submitted his anti-war message, “Cradle of Tortured Peace” (above, left). It features a baby encircled in a cradle of thorns. Haddad says that ‘more than 12,000 children have died as a result’ of the Syrian war. It includes a thoughtful caption that states: “No babies were harmed in the making of this poster. They are just being tortured to death RIGHT NOW by the cradle of wars.” His second submission was dedicated to the unseen dangers of misinformation about the Coronavirus.

Predominately a packaging design company, TSDdesign Inc. reminds us to stay home through their poster “Be Alive – COVID-19” (above, right). They call on the world to stay in place to stop the spread. A visual representation of damage to the lungs caused by the virus dominates the visuals. In spite of the subject matter, the colorful bright pink poster encourages everyone to stay positive, stay alive, and a belief that life matters and everything eventually will be ok.

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