Sunday, December 27, 2009

The pen is mightier than the sword.

I just came across an interesting project called “Poster4Tomorrow.” Poster4Tomorrow is a project based out of France that hopes to make a better tomorrow by giving artists the chance to make posters for people who don't have the freedom of speech to do so themselves. Their goal is to, "Get people to make full use of their freedom of expression to change intolerant regimes."

From the website:
Freedom of expression, the simple freedom to say what you want, about whatever you want, is a right that most of us can enjoy without even thinking. Even more now that the internet has given us a forum for debate and criticism wider and more instant than ever before.

Online, or offline, it’s possible to say anything without any form of consequence, and most of the time we come up with nothing more profound than: Your album sucks. England is a shithole. Berlusconi is corrupt. But in many other countries freedom of expression is a much more serious subject.

People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for daring to criticise their governments, calling for more democracy and press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses online. It’s just not right.

So on behalf of those who don’t enjoy the same freedom of expression that you do, we’d like to invite you to create a poster for a better tomorrow – where we can all say what we want, whenever we want.

Our hope with “Poster4Tomorrow” is to spark a movement to inspire people to stand together against injustice across the world. A movement that will start next year and continue next year and every year until we change something. Because one poster is a start, hundreds, thousands will become a movement for a better tomorrow.
The date to enter ended November 15th and Poster4Tomorrow has picked the top 100 design winners.

Here are some of my favs:

I did read an interesting post about why this idea is problematic that I think is worth checking out. From a purely aesthetic view I think most of the posters are great, but I can definitely see why some of the posters bother people.

Either way it's the type of project bound to make you think, and I can always respect that.

You can see all the 100 winning posters here.

1 comment:

  1. My Art I teacher, who is usually a complete schizoid when she talks, finished her first complete sentence all year explaining this project. That alone inspires me, eh?


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