Design and Protest: A Curious Reflection

How do graphics contribute to political messages and protests today? Does design have an impact on content? Highly relevant questions in a period, our present day, of immense protests and social tensions. The Design Museum of London has tried to answer these questions with the exhibition Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018, in the spaces of the new museum. It focuses on some key moments in recent years, from the bursting of the financial bubble in 2008 which gave way to an economic crisis of global proportions to more localised situations like the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street Movement which came to life in New York, the attacks against Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015, the revolution of Brexit - and the backlash it will have over the long-term on Great Britain and Europe - and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Never before has graphic design had such a direct impact, with activities carried out online on social networks using posters and slogans wielded as handily by the marginalised as by the powerful to spread political messages. The exhibition covers the last decade and is divided into three main sections: Power, Protest and Personality.
Margherita Visentini - © 2018 for Bvlgari Hotel London