HOPE TO NOPE @
THE DESIGN MUSEUM
My political knowledge has never quite been up to scratch. Consisting mainly of provocative tweets and news headlines it’s safe to say I’m aware of the rough surface that is today’s political landscape. So perhaps it was an urge to understand more that drove me to visit The Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition; maybe political design is my way in.
Filled with key points from history including the Nazi regime, the Brexit vote, Trump’s campaign and the conflict in the middle east, the exhibition delves deep into the passion of each party and how they visually demonstrate this. As a designer, I am all about using the aesthetic to provide and demonstrate a voice for the audience. How can what I produce speak directly to them and encourage them to use their own voice to act upon the visuals they see.
Whilst the exhibition was filled extensively with propaganda from each regime, it was beautiful infographics that caught my eye, telling the story of each political campaign through numbers, factors and even characteristics. There is something captivating about an infographic; as when done correctly an exquisitely arranged piece not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also tells an extensive narrative that is almost completely universal.
My two favourites included a timeline of political events via social media, in which during an uprising the number of tweets, posts, comments etc… was recorded and shows (when lined up amongst an array of political events) which caused the biggest stir in the digital field.
The second featured an in-depth analysis of the personality traits of the worlds most dominant political leaders. During events when these people were in the limelight, tweets outlining their characteristics were recorded and developed into these beautiful circular webs of data, ultimately showing what the general public truly thought of each individual.
Political design is very often engulfed with propaganda and election campaigns meaning that the views of the people can become swamped and disregarded. Hope to Nope is a clear example of the vastness of the political field and the information/viewpoints it provides. By demonstrating the most rebellious but also the strategic array of visual political content The Design Museum has been able to address politics in a way that is accessible to everyone.
The exhibition is on until the 12th of August 2018. https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/hope-to-nope-graphics-and-politics-2008-18