Posts Tagged ‘America’

INSIDE JOB

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
INSIDE JOB received this year's Oscar for Best Documentary. It's quite a powerful and infuriating film about our financial system and how it crashed and burned. And why no one on Wall Street went to jail. (Note: the only reason Madoff went to jail was because his illegalities hurt other rich people, period.) Watch it, and if, for some reason, you still think the reason all the cards came crashing down was because some poor people bought houses they couldn't afford, well then I think it's time for a cage match.

James H Kunstler Dissects Suburbia

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
TED2004 In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about. (An oldie but a goodie.)

Green Patriot Posters

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4074" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Green Patriot Posters the book edited by Dmitri Siegel & Edward Morris "][/caption] IMAGES FOR A NEW ACTIVISM Green Patriot Posters the book was released at the end of 2010, a year tied for the warmest on record with 1998 and 2005. The book brings together the strongest contemporary graphic design currently promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change at a time when one of America's political parties is looking to rewrite the Clean Air Act so that it can't be used to fight that very same climate change. The book showcases 50 posters selected from the project Website in detachable, ready to hang format. It's edited by Edward Morris and Dmitri Siegel and includes text by Michael Bierut, Thomas L. Friedman, Steven Heller, Edward Morris, Dmitri Siegel and Morgan Clendaniel. In addition to the site and the book, Cleveland saw bus adverts by Michael Beirut, Dorchester was home to a public art campaign and San Francisco had bus shelter placement thanks to some successful crowdfunding. [caption id="attachment_4075" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Green Patriot Posters {dot} ORG"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4076" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Bierut Bus in Cleveland"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4077" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Bike Your City Bus Shelter by Jason Hardy in San Francisco"][/caption] Green Patriot Posters Reinvigorate Environmental Message at Wired and the Destroy This Book excerpt can be found at Design Observer. Most People just don't get climate change. Few grasp the need and more important, the opportunity to transform our society. So the people who do get it need to be louder, more insistent and more effective at getting the message across. Certainly a very true statement. For our part, Jason and myself were both included in the book alongside some of the finest poster designers working today: Shepard Fairey, Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding, Felix Sockwell and Jame Victore. Power to the Poster in general was well represented. [caption id="attachment_4082" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Inside spread"][/caption] Jason Hardy | Let's Ride
  • A bicycle is a beautifully simple machine. Two wheels, a frame, and a crank — that's all you need. So I wanted to make a simple poster celebrating one of those key components — the wheel. The call to action is simple: Let's Ride. I chose a light green for the background to touch on the environmental benefits of cycling and also because, as we all know, green means go. Cutting carbon can be fun, too — get a crew and let's ride!
[caption id="attachment_4083" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Let's Ride by Jason Hardy"][/caption] Justin Kemerling | (Re)Make America
  • I think about the idea of America a lot. The history of things. How we got here and where we want to go. It's been a long process in working towards becoming the land of opportunity with freedom and justice for all, and the whole bit. And we have such a long way to go. It’s brick by brick. It’s DIY. So pick up your talents and get to it. Until your hands hurt. This image of the “America in bricks” found it’s way into my design work, really speaking to the idea that many parts make a whole. Optimistic. Hopeful. Good reason to get your hands calloused.
[caption id="attachment_4084" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="(Re)Make America by Justin Kemerling"][/caption] The book itself is a perfect combination of beautiful design and sustainable production. From the back cover:
  • Every effort was made to produce this book in the most sustainable way possible. The trim size and page count were chosen to minimize waste; the book was printed using 100% wind power on paper made from 100% post-consumer waste fiber; and it was printed in the U.S.A. to reduce fuel consumption in shipping. Yes, this cost more. But suck it up. It's worth it.
Published by Metropolis Books. 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 128 pgs / 50 tear-out posters and available for purchase at Artbook for $30. [caption id="attachment_4091" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="WWII era posters: project inspiration."][/caption] This project, and many others like it, are so very important. Especially at a very contentious time, when taking on Climate Change just isn't an issue many Americans are interested in addressing. It's all Economy all of the time. And half of our elected officials don't even think Climate Change is a) caused by our human use of fossil fuels, or worse yet b) happening at all. This project is directly inspired from World War II era posters that called for collective action, for the nation to come together to fight a common enemy. But if it was today's America that had to fight that war, I'm not so sure we'd do very well, especially with the coming together part. [caption id="attachment_4094" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="WWII era posters: more inspiration. "][/caption] These messages coming from our leadership today; to be wise, careful, to use leftovers and to grow your own food would not stand. The cries of communism and socialism and conspiratorial leftist plots would abound. They pretty much do whenever any government initiative is undertaken. Remember the backlash to Michelle Obama's wonderful organic garden; it just needs to get off our back and leave us to our God-given right to be fat, lazy and drive up health care costs faster than you can say high-fructose corn syrup. But as communication design efforts on many fronts take on what really matters; raising money for doctors in Haiti, advocating an end to the death penalty, calling out the imperative of reversing the push into poverty by so many in this great recession, things do change. Money gets raised, public opinion becomes more compassionate, communities come together. These projects shine a light in a compelling way on the issues we need to be thinking about very seriously. It's design as a way to shout how things need to be and what we want our future to look like. And, of course, they inspire the creation of a sustainable movement for a green tomorrow which is a very American, very patriotic thing to do. You can call sustainability a movement. There are signs that things are getting better. We might even be approaching sustainability as "the way things must be because that's the way it is," with complete infiltration into every aspect of everything -- energy, food, buildings, transportation, and on and on. It's as if a grand realization is upon us. Deep down we know we can't carry on like this. With such levels of pollution, inequality and injustice, we'll all collectively have the "aha" moment, get a grip and use our vast quantities of creativity to remake America and our world community into a bright place for everyone to call home. With hot years and heated debates about the action we need to take, we need more projects like Green Patriot Posters -- more vision from creative individuals to inspire us along the way to that sustainable future. Otherwise, it could be the rising tides that sink all ships. For now, you can buy this book, destroy this book and pick a side because the tone of the debate and the levels of action needed are only going to get more intense. And we do indeed need to get louder, more insistent and more effective at getting the message across. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer. justinkemerling.com PRESS: The Guardian UK, January 25, 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2011/jan/25/green-patriot-posters Wired, November 15, 2010: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/11/green-patriot/ PBS News Hour, Art Beat, January 6, 2011: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2011/01/green-patriots-get-straight-to-the-message-with-enviro-friendly-poster-art.html Metropolis Mag, October 20, 2010: http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20101020/patriot-acts Design Observer, November 22, 2010: http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=22558 GOOD, December 15, 2010 http://www.good.is/post/green-patriot-posters-the-best-submissions/ Le Monde, October 30, 2010 http://ecologie.blog.lemonde.fr/2010/10/30/aux-etats-unis-lecologie-mise-a-laffiche/ http://veille.agence-limite.fr/green-patriot-posters-quand-des-affiches-vint

TEACH.gov

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4135" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Teach.gov"][/caption] My favorite part of the State of the Union. The words of Barack Obama: "become a teacher, your country needs you." Visit Teach.gov to learn more.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words

Monday, January 17th, 2011
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. January 17, 2011 on Democracy Now!

BBCX365

Friday, January 14th, 2011
BBCX365, by Johnny Selman, is a poster project to bridge the knowledge gap between global current events and the American public.
  • I will do this by creating a more visually interesting vehicle for the news, use a credible news source (BBC), and promote, market, and network. I will design a poster a day for 365 days in reaction to a headline on the BBC news website and update this website everyday with the poster and the accompanying news story. By creating posters based on the news stories I hope to compel my audience to look into the article and eventually stir a larger interest in world news with the American public.
  • In 2008 the internet overtook all other outlets for international and national news aside from television. Forty percent of Americans got their news online in 2008, up from twenty-seven percent the previous year. It can be estimated that currently over 50% of Americans use the internet as their main source of news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (fifty-nine percent) say they get most of their national and international news online (Pew). With the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the continued trajectory of Americans getting their news online; this project will predominantly be based online.
  • Posters have always been a direct communication tool for the masses. Typically presented in public spaces, posters have always been a popular vehicle for graphics. Because the Web is becoming the public space where the majority of Americans are getting their news, I am trying to re-imagine the role of the poster online.

Hopey Changey Is Workin’ Out For Me.

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3860" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="New Ts for BOLD Nebraska {dot} ORG"][/caption] It was a big year for progress. Despite all the madness, 2010 looks pretty good for big steps forward. I'd say Hopey Changey is working out for this guy. If you're on Facebook and want to chime in, we're listening: What's your BOLD Statement on BOLD Actions? For more on progressive politics in this oh-so-conservative state of NE, do visit BOLD Nebraska {dot} ORG.

Donors Choose

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. This Week alone: 12,731 donors, 728 projects completed, 97,488 students reached.
  • Give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.

Just enough time starting now

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Tom Friedman on Rebooting America America and the future. How much time do we have to get our shit together and actually deliver on what we call the American Dream? A great hour with Tom Friedman and Tom Ashbrook on America's crumbling infrastructure, China's rise, unemployment and jobs, taxes, the wars and the need for a serious yes-climate-change-is-coming-fast energy/environment policy. Bring on 2011.

US Subsidizing of Energy

Monday, December 20th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3819" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal."][/caption] How Much Does the United States Subsidize Energy $70.2 Billion Fossil Fuels $16.8 Billion Corn Ethanol $12.2 Billion Renewable Energy $2.3 Billion Carbon Capture and Storage SOURCE: The Environmental Law Institute. A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal.