The Cover Response to Trump

I know I haven’t been very active lately (with the exception of the monthly wallpaper round-up), so lets just blame that on life! Between work and my new workout routine (have any of you gone to an F-45 gym?) I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to being creative.

Last week, I had my wisdom teeth pulled, so I was home on pain meds watching a lot of tv…and of course as a millennial, I was keeping up with the Twitterverse and FB on what was happening in Charlottesville–a place that’s only a two hour drive from my house. I was so deeply saddened by what I saw, but mostly I was disgusted by the fact that President Trump didn’t denounce the bigotry and hatred that was on display. I know that this is a design blog, and that none of you come here to hear my political commentary, or world views, and that I may lose some subscribers after this post; however; as Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So I am starting a conversation…

Yesterday, several magazines released the covers for their next week’s issue, and their take on our President’s disturbing remarks is especially evident! All three had the same idea, but with a different and unique approach in their design. I understand that design can’t save the world…but it can make it better. It can make a powerful statement, and the below images do just that. What are your thoughts…can design make a political and positive impact? Can we as designers potentially influence policy and further the political discussion?

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18. August 2017 by Svetlana Bilenkina
Categories: Housekeeping | 3 comments

  • Laura Watson

    Thanks so much for this thoughtful piece in a troubling time. That New Yorker cover is super smart and thought-provoking. Here in Canada we (well at least everyone I know) are so sorry your country has found itself in this awful, sad, state. Hoping the best of what truly makes America great will pull together and turn things around soon. xo

  • I definitely think design can influence how people think. You only have to look at propaganda campaigns throughout history to see it. I’m glad such major names are taking a stance against the awful intolerance.

  • Naikoto

    I thought this was a relevant and interesting post! Particularly interesting to see the 3 different covers and how graphics/designs happened to be used on all the covers (aside from the New Yorker since they regularly feat. illustrations on their covers).
    Design can absolutely make a political and positive impact. In general, design plays a big role in society; I mean, there’s no denying the significance advertising has on society. With design you can creatively bring awareness on certain issues to a wide audience.