Four artists present posters for the Protest Posters 2 with unique designs that challenge our ever-shifting society, each calling upon similar themes of humanity and resistance to ignorance.
Artist Rick Simner features a series of four minimalistic posters, in “Help Fight Covid-19” (above, left) each taking famous name-brand cleaning products and turning them into messages of awareness. Simner rebrands products such as Lysol, Clorox, Kleenex, and Brawny to promote spreading facts and kindness rather than fear and hate during this global pandemic. By using cleaning products that have been high in demand since the beginning of the pandemic, Simner reminds us that what is needed most in these trying times is humanity and consideration.
Graphis Master Kit Hinrichs of Studio Hinrichs designs a poster for the AGI congress in Switzerland called “Coexistence,” using the image of a toy monster and robot to represent different nationalities of people. The stark differences between each representation suggest a tongue-in-cheek tone to the poster’s words, ‘Can’t we just be friends.’
Next, Kelly Salchow MacArthur and Nancy Skolos present “Equal Vote” for the AIGA ‘Empowering the Women’s Vote’ campaign. To celebrate the empowerment of women and 100 years of voting, the words ‘Stronger together’ and ‘We are equal when we vote’ stand out amongst this clever design of interwoven threads of paper, symbolizing togetherness and equality.
In response to the “Thanks Challenge,” South Korean artist Dongjin Choi turns the familiar character Superman into a doctor, making a poster that expresses gratitude to the medical workers worldwide who have put so much on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic. By using the famous superhero and the light, whimsical design of comic book art, Choi’s entry for the ‘Thanks Challenge’ brings humor to a dark situation and pays homage to the heroes of our everyday lives.