A look at how graphic design has changed the (type)face of politics

Have you ever sat and thought ‘I wonder how graphic design has played its part in party politics?!’

Perhaps not.

But if that query has piqued your interest or you have any remote curiousity in some of the biggest political movements of the most recent decade then the Design Museum’s new exhibition is for you.

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The wittily named ‘Hope To Nope’ is a look at how the public’s engagement in politics has evolved and examines the role that technology has played in some of the biggest political campaigns in recent history.

(Pretty relevant considering the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.)

In an exhibition that will run until mid-August, members of the public can get up close to some world famous political imagery and get insight into how these have shaped political campaigns and radical movements alike.

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Split into three sections – power, protest and personality – the exhibition is a vivid attack on the senses and you’ll be hard pressed to find something that you haven’t seen plastered across the news or in papers or shared virally in social media of late.

From Charlie Hebdo to the Brexit campaign and from Obama’s famous ‘Hope’ poster to the spoof Donal Trump ‘Nope’ version, you’ll leave with a renewed outlook on the impact of graphic design in matters of politics and protest.

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For a reasonable £12 this exhibition is well worth it, plus you can visit their incredible permanent (and free) collection Designer Maker User on the top floor while you’re at it.

For more information and to buy tickets visit the Design Museum website here.


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