The protest sign was designed and produced to be held at the Trump presidential campaign rally planned for March 11, 2016, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
After canceling the Chicago protest, Trump was quoted saying 'these guys, they had professional signs'. As if a well produced sign is something beyond that of citizenry.
This work connects to design theorist Abram Game’s thoughts on a successful poster, as documented in the History of Graphic Design from Phillip Meggs.
The poster within a poster simply demonstrates a civilian protest against ideals that are not representative of the United States. In a manner, here we question his motives and tactics by meeting inflammatory speech with equally strong actions, thus countering aggression.
In a critical design fashion, the piece balances aesthetics with conceptual merit uniting the worlds of the formalist and theorist. This occurs through being built in accordance to technical, formal harmonies while consciously responding and creating dialogue on our cultural context.
As a presidential candidate he rejects both reason and fact. There are the two critical pieces needed to possesses a point of view. Without them it is not political correctness he challenges, it is purely not knowing what he is talking about.
This lack of diplomacy and hate-filled speech seems to be a growing anti-intellectual movement. A movement focused on turning away from innovation, the return to the good ol' boy days.
Trump's language, discourse, and ideas towards the future of the world are among the most assaulting of any politician and lack awareness. A Trump presidency is not an option towards a peace-filled future of opportunity, equality, and innovation.
As Americans—citizenry, politicians, big and small businesses—must start taking a stand against hate, violence, lies, and the actions Trump speaks of and represents.
This work is about standing up against fears that compromise the ideals of the United States. These images are not pro-Bernie nor pro-Hilary, they are not pro- or con-, Democratic or Republican. They are efforts of anti-racism and anti-hate, this is an anti-Trump campaign.