This project was a reaction to the Trump platform — ground swell of hate, bigotry, racism, sexual abuse, and anti-intellectualism. With every passing day and each speech or tweet he makes, all I can think is: this isn't us. The America I know is so much better than this.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.
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.
This work is about being pro-America and standing up against fears that compromise American ideals. 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. As he violates American principles.
Nick Adam — Design Direction, Design, Custom Lettering, RISO Printing
Gage Skidmore — Trump Yelling Photo (Modified Under CC BY-SA 2.0)
Reuters, Dominick Reuter — Trump Pointing Photo (Used Under Limited License)
Mohawk — Paper, Ultra-fine Super-Smooth
Awards and recognition
The Design of Dissent, Mirko Ilic and Milton Glaser
The Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, Visual Arts Foundation, New York.
AIGA's Get Out The Vote exhibition
— Philadelphia's Art Gallery at City Hall
— The Galleries at Cleveland State University
Society of Typographic Arts, STA100
Fine Art of the Risograph exhibition at Design Museum Chicago (FKA Chicago Design Museum)
Dominican University — Lecture
Sold and published by MoveOn
Chicago's Trump protest at the UIC Pavilion was a demonstration of America's most segregated city uniting against a real fear. The success of the protest can be attributed to the over 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students that signed the petition asking UIC to cancel the rally and the over 10,000 Chicagoland residents that attended the rally in protest. Protestors included, Chicagoans of every class and race, UIC faculty, the Black Student Union, the Muslim Student Association, the Fearless Undocumented Association, Black Lives Matter, Assata's Daughters, and BYP100.
The sign was captured on Fox News, MSNBC, ABC NEWS, as well, Senior Washington correspondent, Jeffrey Zeleny tweeted the image to his 83,000 followers then spoke to it's presence live on CNN.
HARLOW: I mean, seems it already is, frankly, a tinder box, Jeff. And you tweeted this image last night. If we could pull it up.
POPPY HARLOW: Very powerful image last night. Talk to me about it.
JEFFREY ZELENY: I was struck just by the diversity of the crowd outside, Poppy. I mean, Donald Trump says that they were all organized thugs. That's not what I saw at all. You saw black and white, young and old, Hispanic and Latino, and this picture here of a young white man holding up a sign. "This isn't us."