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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Deconstructing an Elephant

Illustrator Thomas Fuchs and designer Felix Sockwell’s new self-published book, Deconstructing Dumbo, presents 100 fabulous reinterpretations of the US Republican party’s elephant symbol. To order the 5X5 saddle stitched book in all of its glory click here.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Visually Speaking: The Obama Effect

Barack Obama’s historic rise to power has been an inspiring journey. What began as a grass roots campaign transformed into a movement that captured the hopes and dreams of Americans and engaged millions in countless aspects of the political process. The mantra, “Yes We Can,” was not empty rhetoric, but a call to all citizens of this country to unite and create the change they wish to see.

Without question, ‘Camp Obama’ ran a brilliant campaign, particularly in terms of its brand as a reflection of Barack Obama’s core message of progress. The interconnection between art, culture and politics during his historic run for presidency was brimming with sheer inspiration, and at times, unbridled creativity. The following study will take you through a journey, beginning with the brand identity developed by Sender/MODE, that galvanized people of this nation – and around the world – to use art & design as a visual response to Obama’s powerful message of unity, hope and positive change.

THE BRAND IDENTITY OF THE OBAMA
The Obama Brand by Chicago-based design firm Sender and interactive agency Mode:
For a more in depth look, check out our comprehensive visual retrospective of the Obama Brand which showcases the logo and its extension as an identifier throughout his campaign.


State Specific X50 (Various samples):

Party Specific:

Typography and Usage:




Sol Sender sheds light on the origin of the Obama identity:
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VIRAL MARKETING: SHEPARD FAIREY
In addition to the Obama Logo and Brand, another iconic image surfaced out of LA by graphic artist Shepard Fairey. His graphic portrait quickly became the symbol of “Hope” across the country and was adopted in the early days of the Obama campaign. Fairey discusses the famous image:

“I wanted to make an art piece of Barack Obama because I thought an iconic portrait of him could symbolize and amplify the importance of his mission. I believe Obama will guide this country to a future where everyone can thrive and I should support him vigorously for the sake of my two young daughters. I have made art opposing the Iraq war for several years, and making art of Obama, who opposed the war from the start, is like making art for peace. I know I have an audience of young art fans and I’m delighted if I can encourage them to see the merits of Barack Obama.”

“HOPE” Poster:
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

For A Limited Time Only

Fairey has moved from “Paper to Porcelain.” He’s designed a set of “limited edition” commemorative plates that feature a graphic portrait of the 44th President of the U.S.A. as the central focus with slogans from his 2008 run for president finishing off the outside rim of each plate. To pick up your set, you know the drill.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bush Pardons Osama

The Huffington Post gets satirical:
Breaking News via Huffington: In a stunning late-hour development, President George W. Bush granted Osama bin Laden a pardon… (more…)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Signature of a President

U.S. President Barack Obama’s first signature as president seen after he signed a proclamation, after being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States during the inaugural ceremony in Washington January 20, 2009.

Source: REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes We Did!

For live coverage click here.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

So Long Dubya and Good Ridance

Osocio has a few visual goodbyes to share. This one caught our fancy. It’s a photograph of flying shreds of paper after shoes were hurled at the poster of President George Bush outside the US Consulate in Montreal, Canada. People went out in freezing -24 C weather to show support the Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeizi (from the Bush Shoe incident). (Source: Flickr)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Moment

CNN is up to something, in an effort to: “…capture the most detailed experience of a single moment ever,” CNN will assemble photos sent in by users into one big photosynth. CNN is clearly trying to put themselves ahead of the pack on this one. To find out more you know the drill. Want to find out what a Photosynth is?

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Monday, January 19, 2009

National Portrait Gallery has a new arrival

Over the weekend, The National Portrait Gallery in D.C. installed a large-scale mixed media collage of Shepard Fairey’s famous portrait – the iconic image of Barack Obama.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Inaugural Invitations

Embedded video from CNN Video

Brooklyn based print shop sheds light on the Inaugural Invitations for President-Elect Barack Obama. Find out what paper stock they used here.

Shout out to Paone Design for the heads up.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:57 pm  
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