June 9, 2004

The AIGA Presents "Hell Yes!"

POST #    1094

Last night, I went to the AIGA/NY's "Hell Yes!" forum, which was supposed to cover "how graphic design, visual persuasion, and the media will influence the 2004 election." Now I'm sure many of you are scratching your heads and thinking, "Tien, why are you at anything that discusses graphic design or at anything associated with the AIGA? I mean, take a look at your site! It's so graphically unappealing." Yes, yes, I know my site ain't pretty, but you come for the content, right? The face-stuffing content. But seriously, I have an interest in politics and how the media can influence politics (communication studies major and everything), so I thought it would be an interesting discussion. Little did I know, it was pretty much a Bush-bashing event (not that I objected to the content). The panelists included Rob Corddry of Milton Glasser who designed the I♥NY logo, Dan Perkins who is also Tom Tomorrow and, and Lizz Winstead of Air America Radio. Skillfully moderating the panel was John Hockenberry of NBC/GE's Dateline.

Everything was going smoothly - this was only at the introduction - until Billionaires for Bush was introduced. Surely, that wasn't a sign of a "fair and balanced" or evenhanded discussion ahead. As partisan as the panel was, I thought the event was good. It wasn't really as informative as I would have liked, but there was an idea of how each panelist conveys their viewpoints through their medium. What I don't understand is how the AIGA/NY could throw such a one sided discussion no matter how Democratic leaning their membership is.

Clearly, I'm not really entrenched/embedded/submerged/or even dabbling in the graphic design field, but it was interesting to see some of the design work that Milton Glaser did and to see his anti-Bush designs. Glaser designed some buttons (purchase them here) for The Nation and we got a sneak preview of his line of "W" buttons, with "'W" stands for..." Glaser also had a novel (if not entirely practical) idea he called "Light Up the Sky". On August 30th, he envisions New Yorkers, and maybe people elsewhere, lighting up the sky with candles, flashlights, their apartment lights, etc., leaving them on throughout the night. "Lights transform darkness." Doesn't he realize that New York is constantly bright anyway? Good effort, but I'm not sure how well it could be executed.

Posted by tien mao in Politics at 10:49 AM



That Glaser's a daft ol' bird.

Reminds me of a bit the comedian, David Cross, did about Light Up Atlanta. A festival where the climax was to amaze the people by (wait for it) turning on all the lights in the buildings. Then he invokes a stereotypical southern redneck voice to represent the people whom the committee believed would be impressed by such special effects. "Golly, look at all them buildings, lit up - from inside! I didn't think it would be physically possible to do that! Look at that one! *gasp* And look at that one!"

Nothing tops off an occasion like indoor lighting. ;)

Posted by: matt at June 9, 2004 11:32 AM

I loved Glaser's posters. They were available for free during the protests last year. I used on, plus the ERRORISM (designed by some one else, I think).

Posted by: corie at June 9, 2004 5:02 PM

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