Project 2: The opinionated self
For this project, I decided to create a poster about the (ongoing!) Flint Water Crisis. I decided to use an aesthetic unlike my usual: a minimalistic, graphic, straight-to-the-point design. Usually I create collages, or conceptual art pieces. However, I felt that going outside of my comfort zone worked because I feel that for political posters, the message should be clear and easy to read. I wanted a simple poster that was still eye-catching, and would make the reader's eyes move across it to analyze it. I chose to say "daily reminder" because where the poster would be displayed is on a route which people and students often take home. I wanted to use symmetry and negative space to create a clean design with a powerful message. Instead of water droplets, I used lead bullets as hyperbole and to create a more powerful image. I could have used brown water to literally capture how the water looks, but I felt using lead bullets would be stronger. The water gave citizens, babies, toddlers, and innocent people lead poisoning, which could be deadly like an actual lead bullet. I created this poster to remind people this issue is still going on and that it is one that should not be ignored. Thankfully, legal action is taking place against the responsible officials, however the situation is far from resolved.
Read about the Flint Water Crisis, its origins, its racial undertones and more here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/us/flint-water-crisis-fast-facts/
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