Publication Date: 30 November 2021
From the psychedelic typography used in ‘Make Love Not War’ posters of the 60s, to the solitary raised fist, take a long, hard look at some of the most memorable and striking protest artwork from across the world and throughout history. With an emphasis on design, analyse each artwork to understand how colour, symbolism, technique, typography and much more play an important role in communication, and learn about some of the most influential historical movements.
A illuminating and inspiring journey through the art and designs that accompany protest and revolution. The raw spine sets the tone of this book that stands out from the shelf before you have even opened the cover.
Covering people’s fight for equality across the globe, including Civil Rights and Black Lives Matters, Climate Activists and LGBTQ+ rights, we are walked through what protest art is, a brief history, and the importance symbolism, colour and typography play in getting messages across visually.
I was particularly struck by the section on Youth Leadership and Protest Art around the world. It is humbling to learn about John Lewis’ role in the Civil Rights Movement, the university students in Hong Kong and the students of Parklands School, the the children of Soweto who all stood up to their respective governments to protest for meaningful change.
Every spread screams of the power of art to get powerful messages across and remain in the mind, and they way in which artwork is examined makes this a perfect accompaniment to a whole host of lessons across the curriculum. And with tips and activities throughout the book, there is plenty to inspire children to start a revolution of their own.
An empowering read that will give children the confidence to get creative, stand up, speak out and be the change our world needs.
About the Author
De Nichols currently works at YouTube and is a former Loeb Fellow in residence at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. As an arts-based organizer, social impact designer, serial entrepreneur and TEDx lecturer, she’s mobilized change-makers nationwide to develop creative approaches to the social, civic, and racial justice issues that matter most within communities.
If you would like to win a copy of this amazing book, head to my twitter page for the giveaway tweet.
Huge thanks to Big Picture Press for sending me a finished copy.