I recently got inspiration to make a poster that I wanted to convey deep meaning. I wanted to make it a propaganda themed piece, because I feel like people really resonate well with them. It’s just something about those posters admitting the hard truth within them that really convict people. Recently, I went overseas to South Asia. I won’t bore you and say that it was “life changing” (although it was). It made me sad seeing how poor people were there, and how they had to live. It then made me angry coming to America, where everywhere we’re told that we’re entitled to this or that. Our whole culture says that if you don’t have the best house and the best family and the best car, you’re not ok. It seeps into our mind through our culture. All of the commercials we hear say “you had a hard day at work, YOU DESERVE BETTER INTERNET. YOU DESERVE TO HAVE A BETTER EASIER LIFE.” But we don’t deserve anything. At the same time, people are starving, and don’t even have enough to feed their children. But rather than give even $5, which could feed a whole family, we need BETTER internet. This poster I feel conveys this harsh resistance toward a selfish culture that only cares about having BETTER things.
On the design side of things, I love making propaganda posters. They’re so fun, and all the elements you include are fun to play with. If you are thinking of making one, here are some elements you should include: Stars, Arrows, Light streaks, Patterns. Look around at some other propaganda posters, and pick up some other elements as well, like the circles, and the small icons I have above the hands. (The hands also!) And one of the most important things is the color palette. Red, cream, and black are the essentials. You should import or use a similar poster and use the colors from there, that way you don’t have to guess at colors.