As you know, I’m always up for seeing a subverted poster, or a wartime poster put to a new/clever use… so very excited to see the following competition (bit of a shame that an American poster was used for this new British campaign though):
“We are launching a competition to find the best ways in which the wartime poster and public education campaigns can be re-imagined to help today’s society understand the dangers of climate change, and what they can do to help. Wartime slogans such as “Is your journey really necessary?” remain relevant today when so much business travel could be replaced by video conferencing, for example.
Closing Date: 6 May 2011
- Michael Johnson, Director, Johnson Banks Design Limited;
- Emily Wood, Director of design agency REG and senior lecturer in graphic design at Central St Martin’s;
- James Humphreys, Former Director of Corporate Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office;
- Paul Rennie, author of Modern British Posters;
- Andrew Simms, Fellow of the new economics foundation and author of the NHF report;
- Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green Party of England & Wales
Prize: £100, plus the winning design will be used as the front cover of the next New Home Front report, which will be a compilation of the best images and ideas. This will be printed and distributed, and presented to Parliament. The best designs will also appear on the New Home Front website in a downloadable form, so that people can print them off and display in workplaces, schools etc.”
See more on the website as content becomes available.
Some Related Articles
- Caroline Lucas in Guardian (re: launch)
- Green Party article, including videos from the launch
- Download PDF of the report
- Caroline Lucas website entry.
- Telegraph blog on ‘Liberal Fascism‘
Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest.