Graphic Advocacy: International Posters Show Power of Design

When posters have a political or social leaning, I feel that the designer’s passion shines through in unexpected ways. It might be a color choice, a bold image or just good old fashioned great design. And the posters in the Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001–2012 exhibition at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery are no exception. All of the posters in this collection focus on political, social and environmental change, and each designer’s enthusiasm for the issue at hand is clear.

"Haiti" by Am I Collective

“Haiti” by Am I Collective

"Break New Ground - Plant an Urban Farm Garden" by Joe Wirtheim

“Break New Ground – Plant an Urban Farm Garden” by Joe Wirtheim

The Pratt Manhattan Gallery explains the exhibit:

The exhibition …  demonstrates the potency of the art form as a catalyst for social and political change using bold and subtle messaging and striking iconography. In addition to exploring sociopolitical poster design, Graphic Advocacy highlights the Internet’s role in exponentially expanding the channels of communication beyond the printed page through electronic distribution.

"Flirty Bird of Haiti," Inc. Methane Studios

“Flirty Bird of Haiti,” Inc. Methane Studios

This exhibit will run until August 28. But, you can join me in exploring the posters in the online gallery. With 122 contemporary works created by designers and artists from all over the world, you can get a taste of different styles and approaches to creating compelling imagery. And you can revel in the power of design to make change.




Show off your graphic advocacy, and enter your poster designs in the HOW Poster Design Awards today.