Hope to Nope at The Design Museum looks at the critical role of graphic design

Welcoming us with the iconic poster from Barrack Obama’s election campaign ‘Hope’ – designed by Shepard Fairey, Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 exhibition examines the political graphic design of a turbulent decade.

The global financial crash of 2008 triggered a politically unstable era and divisive leaders have made people more politically engaged than before. The influence and the impact of social media started to have a prominent role in how the information flown and the graphics design has started a new visual language influencing communities, views, provoking debate and driving activism. Hope to Nope guides us through the key events that follow the Obama’s election; the Occupy movement such as Gezi Protests in Istanbul, Black Lives Matter movement, Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution, Je Sues Charlie, Brexit, Arab Spring, Donald Trump’s presidency and Nope meme and Grenfell Tower disaster. Taking a politically impartial view of these events throughout, exhibition also explores the role of new communication technologies such as Facebook and Twitter and demonstrates how powerful these tools are connecting marginalized alike.

Hope to Nope is co-curated by the Design Museum and GraphicDesign&’s Lucienne Roberts and David Shaw, with Rebecca Wright. Opening to public from tomorrow, exhibition can be seen until 12th August 2018.

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Image credit: Women’s March, Wellington, NZ, credit Andy McArthur