Hope to Nope.
Graphics and Politics 2008–18
The Design Museum, London
– 12 August 2018
The current exhibition “Hope to Nope” at the London Design Museum analyses to what extent graphic design in both digital and analogue form has challenged, altered, and influenced political actions and decisions over the last ten years.
160 objects and installations take the visitor through political events such as the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as US President. There is no question that visual media, whether smartphone images on social media, protest posters on demonstrations or the branding of political campaigns, have a major impact on perception and opinion making; however it also depends on who uses them and for what purpose. The spectrum of uses ranges from exercising the right to freedom of expression to algorithmic and interest-driven manipulation.
These issues also inform some of the events in the supporting programme. On 19 May 2018, lectures, performances, and interventions titled “Alt-Age: Designing Belief”, curated by graduates of the Curating Contemporary Art master’s programme at the Royal College of Art will be held at the museum; on 21 May, Michael Bierut, who created the presidential campaign logo for Hillary Clinton, will talk about graphic design in mainstream politics; and on 26 June, a panel of designers, artists, and activists will speak about the visual language of protest.