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Graphic design inspires change in Iran

Following the Iranian elections in the summer of 2009, Iranian photographer going by the name 'Green Bird',urged graphic artists from all over the world to create posters in support of the Green Movement in Iran. One of the artists approached by Bird, Italian designer Andrea Rauch, volunteered to host all of the posters on the web site SocialDesignZine, the blog of the Association of Italian Graphic Designers, where Rauch serves as editor. Over 200 posters have been collected and there is some pretty incredible work to behold. 

The collection of posters highlights the unique role that socially responsible designers can play in rallying support for free speech, and the power of design to inspire political activism. Some of the most celebrated graphic artists working today have submitted pieces including R. O. Blechman, Cathie Bleck, Seymour Chwast, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser, Robert Grossman, Anita Kunz, Yossi Lemel, Jennifer Morla, Istvan Orosz, Woody Pirtle, Andrea Rauch, Ralph.

“SocialDesignZine, which has an English language version, was visited by very many Iranians,” says Rauch, “Friends in Iran told us that many of our posters were ‘self-printed’ and used at the demonstrations, “ she adds.

In September 2009, when the number of posters submitted numbered more than 100, SocialDesignZine was blocked in Iran.

The first public viewing of these posters is currently being exhibited at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

You can view the posters on the site here.