Blind Ox Media
The inspiration for Blind Ox Media was to create a set of political posters utilizing different graphic design styles based on artists throughout historical graphic design eras. Designers like John Heartfield, Jean Carlu, Herbert Matter, Luba Lukova, and Shigeo Fukuda. These iconic designers each have their own unique style. Each posted in the series takes a designer and pays tribute to their style with modern topics of debate.
The thematic treatment of the poster is slightly different to match the specific designer’s style. The “Toddler Trump” design was based on John Heartfield’s style using collages of newspaper clippings. This is embodied in the half tone texture on a sepia colored poster. The second poster “School” makes use of Jean Carlu’s Art Deco style with bold shapes and solid colors. Shingo Fukuda’s illusionary style with bold background colors comes alive in the “DAPL Death” poster. The poster has an illusion positioned front and center on a boldly vibrant yellow background. The DAPL poster combines a stiff illusion with flowing hand drawn art blended into the creation. “Heart” uses Luba Lukova’s symbolist style to show the effects of Wi-Fi on our modern world alluding to the thought that Wi-Fi is becoming more common than trees throughout the world. The last poster titled “Big Brother” has a half tone texture face of Trump looking out over the audience with a bold American flag painted in the background. This style is in tribute to Herbert Matter known for his pioneering poster design style.