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2. PROJECT ASSIGNMENT For THE GRAPHIC IMPERATIVE assignment we are to create advocacy posters in relation to current events and organizations present today. The GRAPHIC IMPERATIVE organization contains over 100 posters from the past 40 years. The issues present cover a wide range of issues but stems from one of the three advocacy directions: Enviornmental, Social Justice, or Peace. The final product will consist of two posters: One type based poster and one image based. These two posters will be in congruence to a certain advocacy issue and organization related to the issue. Each poster will consist of: 1) Headline 2) Problem 3) Solution 4) Call to Action An advocacy poster is the manifestation of a charged social or political idea designed to inform and illuminate, stimulate and inspire, agitate and attack. When finely honed it communicates without ambiguity, Steven Heller Ode to Ink Saturated Paper 3. 03 ESSAY ANALYSIS In his essay Ode to Ink Saturated Paper Steven Heller discusses the importance of advocacy posters from its past, present, and future roles in our environment. He defines an advocacy poster as a tool for ideas to inform and illuminate, stimulate and inspire, agitate and attack, making a poster more than just a message scribbled on paper. Posters are also the ultimate graphic imperative to propagate a message in Hellers mind. He describes the role in which posters were used in history such as the Vietnam War and Pro-Choice/ Life issues. Heller argues that these posters will still be in our future despite technological advances in social media. The web may be cheaper and more easily accessible to a larger group of individuals but they lack the stop sign impact that a poster uses to grab and demand an action. I agree with most of Hellers points. I think posters are effective because they make you stop, look, think, and act . You could take something away from it. It may be a desire to act or just a passing thought but the poster achieved its goal: to make you aware. What would appeal more to a person; an email in their inbox or a poster near their daily route? To me, an effective poster would allow the viewer to question the meaning or call to action behind it. Whereas Heller praises the print medium, Carol A. Wells calls for an end to printed posters as the main form of awareness in her essay Why the Poster in the Internet Age? The Internet is a far better and faster tool to communicate to the masses. A poster can only be produced so much and used in a very localized area. She explains that using social media can band together more people around the around quicker to create a larger stand against a social issue. She explains that posters are not necessarily a bad way to promote an idea but it is not as effective as using email or websites. I would have to disagree with Wells stance on the importance of posters. Personally I feel that posters have more power than anything I read on social media sites. I receive daily asking for donations. Posters do not jump out and force you to look at them as I feel some websites do. Advocacy posters are meant to appeal to you emotionally or mentally and if the viewer doesnt understand the meaning, it makes the message more appealing once it is understood. Posters have more emotion that can not be seen in an email or twitter post. Videos are an effective way to show messages but not everyone can view it. Posters can show meaning without saying anything, making it more communicable to those without internet, education, or means of access. HELLER WELLS 4. AND OUR WORLD IS STILL ALIVE AMINIAM ,TAHAMTAN IRAN, 2002 ISSUE: SMOKING No matter the language, I believe anyone could identify the cigarette in this poster. However, I think some people who do not understand Arabic might consider this as a pro-smoking poster because the meaning is in the words. As the viewer reads down, the words become more extreme starting with Agony and ending with Fatal. It would be a good global campaign if they mass produced in different languages. POSTER ANALYSIS 01 5. 05 WAVE OF PEACE MAGLEBY, MCRAY USA, 1985 ISSUE: PEACE This poster tries to tie in traditional japanese art with a symbol of peace, the dove. If I were to look at this poster, at first glance I would think it was created by an artist in Japan and it advocated peace, but thats it. I dont see any real tie-in to the bombing of Hiroshima. I think it could have added a lit- tle bit more detail. I also think the headline PEACE doesnt really do much to help the posters meaning. Doves are automatically associated with peace. POSTER ANALYSIS 02 6. LIFE SAVER: INTERNATIONAL AIDS DAY LEMEL, YOSSI ISREAL, 1993 ISSUE: AIDS I believe this is an extremely effective advocacy poster for aids. Immediately I see a life saver ring and even though they arent used often, the viewer knows of the classical image and its uses. After realizing its a condom, I made the assumption the add was about birth control until I read the bottom header. The viewer can easily make the connection that condoms are life savers because it can prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is also effective because it can be used in many different contries in different languages and the meaning probably wouldnt change too much. POSTER ANALYSIS 03 7. 07 VICTORY FUKUDA, SHIGEO JAPAN, 1975 ISSUE: WAR I immediately recognized the gun barrell and bullet in this poster and thought about war. Not just about winning but also about losing. Even if the battle is considered a victory each side loses so much it can also be considered a lost. If I didnt see the credits I wouldnt have known it was made in honor of Japans casualties in 1945. I think this poster is very powerful beca- sue it can be applied to any war, in any country, in any decade. POSTER ANALYSIS 04 8. POSTER ANALYSIS 05 WELL NEVER FORGET WOUNDED KNEE THEMPTANDER, CHRISTER SWEDEN, 1971 ISSUE: NATIVE RIGHTS When I first glanced at this poster, all I could see was a Native American behind bars. At a second glance, I saw the American flag and un- derstood the meaning right away. Natives being oppressed in their own land by the Americans, who stand for land of the free. I wouldnt have known it is in rememberence of the battle at Wounded Knee but I think this is a great post- er because it can be used for any Native suf- fereage issue . 9. 09 POSTER ANALYSIS 06 BLACK POWER, WHITE POWER UNGERER, TOMI USA, 1971 ISSUE: RACISM Although I found the poster to be a bit crude, the artist succesfully shows his meaning. Two people, who look similiar except for skin color, are each eating each others foot. I took this as Black Power and White Power feed off of each other. The only way to really stop the growth of racism is to stop eating (or supressing) the other side. Without the type I might have guessed the meaning but it does help the viewer reach the message quicker and more effectively. 10. 11 RESEARCH MATERIALS 11. RESEARCH 01 ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) Mission Statement: To reduce, and ultimately, eliminate the continuing threats to cetaceans and their habitats.To raise awareness of cetaceans and educate people about the need to address the continuing threats to their welfare and survival, The Whale and Dolphin Conservation was established in 1987 and is now the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales and dolphins. The WDCs main headquarters are located in Wiltshire, UK. It also has other offices located in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Germany and the USA. We are the world voice for the protection of these animals, creating pressure to bring about change, They divide their work into three areas : Stop, Plan, and Protect in anyway they can to help whales and dolphins around the world. 12. 13 AREAS OF ADVOCACY RESEARCH 02 PROBLEM: Whales are taken from their familes to be used as tourist attractions. The living conditions and physical exersions at these parks cause them to die off at an early age. SOLUTION: Stop the capture and training of killer whales at theme parks. ACTION: Boycotts on parks and demonstrations PROBLEM: Hunters use inhumane tactics to slaughter whales at sea by spearing them and waiting for the animal to bleed out. SOLUTION: Finding better ways to ethically kill whales or stop it alltogether. ACTION: Demonstrations and donations to WDC 01 CAPTIVITY 02 WHALING 13. AREAS OF ADVOCACY RESEARCH 03 PROBLEM: Air, water, and noise pollution, caused by humans, kill off thousands of whales and dolphins each year. SOLUTION: Reduce waste going into the ocean, updated technology for sonars/radarsd ACTION: Demonstrations and raising local awareness about pollution PROBLEM: Ships accidentally (or purposly) crash/ hit whales which causes injuries and death. SOLUTION: Better and safer equiptment to deter ships from running into whales. ACTION: Demonstrations and donations for shipping companies. 03 POLLUTION 04 SHIP STRIKES 14. 15 AREAS OF ADVOCACY RESEARCH 04 PROBLEM: Whales are accidently caught in fishing nets. This can cause injuries and death as they are carelessly tossed back out to sea. SOLUTION: Better equiptment for fisheries so less unwanted animals end up in the nets. ACTION: Fundraising; contacting local politicians for support 05 BYCATCH TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC Animal-loving males or females, between the ages 10 and 50, who are familiar with whale park attractions. These familes are the typical ones who attend these parks. They are moderately inclined to participate boycotting or raising awarness of whale and dolphin captivity. 15. PROFILE RESEARCH 05 REFERENCES Two parents; Multiple children Dual Income Family Average Income; Enough money for yearly family vacations Pets; Concerned about animal welfare Enviornmentally Concious