Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18
‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18’ is an exhibition and book that shows how graphic design not only responds to political events, but can also challenge and even shape them. It is based on an original concept by GraphicDesign&, and co-curated by GraphicDesign&’s Lucienne Roberts and David Shaw, with Rebecca Wright and the Design Museum's Margaret Cubbage. The book is a collaboration between GraphicDesign& and the Design Museum, London.
From the Great Recession of 2008, the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill and the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, to the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election that shocked the world, ‘Hope to Nope’ explores the role of graphic design in one of the most politically turbulent decades in recent history.
As traditional media rubs shoulders with the hashtag and the meme, the influence and impact of graphic design has never been greater or more international in its reach. North Korean propaganda, fake posts disseminated by Russian troll farms, a human billboard campaign against sexual harassment in China and anti-Zuma rallies from South Africa all demonstrate how graphic design gives voice to political hopes and fears around the world.
Alongside interviews with celebrated graphic designer Milton Glaser and street artist Shepard Fairey, the international designers and artists featured in this book include: Gorilla, Dread Scott, Edel Rodriguez, TEMPLO, ThoughtMatter, Michael Bierut, Sagmeister & Walsh, Marwan Shahin, Barnbrook and Metahaven.
The exhibition ‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008–18’ opened at the Design Museum in London on 28 March and runs until 12 August 2018. Here are some of its reviews so far:
Graphic design might not provide salvation from the world’s woes, but it can certainly try, as a new exhibition of the last decade in politicised posters, placards and memes shows in kaleidoscopic colour.
[This exhibition] reveals how design has played a role in persuading, uniting and angering the public.
Obviously this is an exhibition about design, at the Design Museum. But even objectively, it shows the power of graphic design and digital design, too, as possibly the most vital, and certainly most visible, tools of dissent that we have.
It’s difficult to strike a balance when representing both sides, so it’s impressive that this show manages to perfectly straddle this line… It’s current, it’s relevant, it’s powerful, and it’s one of the best exhibitions of the year so far.
With over 160 objects and installations to engage with, visitors can also expect to have their future read by an All-Seeing Trump, walk the streets of Brazil and work on Wall Street.
Professional vs amateur, ‘good design’ vs ‘bad’, Hope to Nope asks us to consider where the power lies in political messaging today.
The curatorial team set off with the intention to encompass as many people and issues as possible, which has been the most challenging aspect of putting together the show.
- 210mm x 150mm, portrait
- Stab stitched, three wires
- Outer cover in cyan, flourescent pms 806, yellow and black
- Inner cover in flood flourescent pms 806
- 350gsm GF Smith Nomad Grey
- Text pages in cmyk
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- ISBN 978 1 8720 0535 5