Design for Obama launched in 2008 as a dorm-room experiment to create a space for artists to function as artists in the political process and help elect Barack Obama as President. We were delighted that so many artists, campaign staff, volunteers and supporters came together to be a part of building an amazing collection of posters that captured the energy and passion of a moment in history. Even more compelling than the posters were the artists; all with incredible stories and a passion for combining art and politics, either over a lifetime or for the first time.
Four years later and the campaign may look different but the President needs our help. We again have the opportunity to prove that creative communities can produce work that can affect the national dialogue and alter the course of history. If you are a visual communicator of any kind, please consider contributing a poster to our campaign; we grow stronger with every new voice added. Now is the time to do our part to frame the election in terms that matter to the American people and not let special interests dominate or the media distract. How can we make clear the importance and impact of what Barack Obama has accomplished in his first term? How can we communicate the necessity of a second term?
After an avalanche of incredible poster art from around the world, inclusion in a New York Times story about the grassroots art movement that had sprung up around the campaign, a fateful phone call from film maker and activist Spike Lee (after the discovery of Don Button's poster) and the excitement of Taschen Books the collection of 2008 posters will live on in print. Released in the fall of 2009 "Design for Obama - Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology" featured numerous posters from many artists, most of whom were published for the first time. The title remains on sale in bookstores and museums around the world, in three languages.
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