Visit to National Print Museum & A World To Win Poster Design

In November we went to see “A world to win” exhibition in the Garrison Chapel in the National Print Museum. It was a collection of posters of all types, mostly propaganda, from many countries & time periods.

I was very interested in the earlier posters from the time of the Russian Revolution, perhaps as this was one of the first  topics we had covered in class. The time of the revolution saw a shift in the way artists & designers saw & were able to talk & express the world around them. The new freedoms in the political world gave them the impetus to address the issues of their time. Poverty, oppression & injustice by the ruling classes provided them with more than enough material.

The resulting shift in artistic trends has left an  indelible mark on the world through its influence on everything from architecture, art, furniture and many more ways that are both obvious & subtle.

The posters used a number of methods to get their meaning across, again in ways both subtle & not so subtle. Methods such as colour, shape, typography & composition spoke to the viewer in ways that could influence the most stern of people.

A propaganda poster from the time of the Vietnam war depicting a photograph of a child on a road of refugees that has major burns over its body. Crying out in pain & confusion. You don’t need words to get the message across to the viewer. You don’t even need a title. You know what  this is, its a cry of outrage, the injustice of war & the pain of all it affects.

A poster. 1 Image. 1 message……..a world of meaning.

I found that the posters depicting the struggle of the serfs against the ruling classes very stirring. They used very simple, earthy elements. Strong colour, bold type & the imagery of the people of the land under the boot heals of their masters.

For our task I decided to create a poster depicting a call to the people to throw off the boot heals & stand up for their rights as a people united.

I used a strong colour topped by rolling clouds which was used widely to signify the oncoming storm or tide of opinion & rebellion. The leg & boot obviously represent the ruling class, oppressing the people, however the people below are united in their resolve & strength.


Strength in numbers – Hugh Shelley

Below are some of the posters of the French student protests against the Gaullian Government in 1968 Some Posters, Some More posters.

An article on modern poster poster production.


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