Recent work -
Software used – Adobe Illustrator CS4
“What if you started a rebellion? What would it stand for? What would it look like?”
This was the brief for the Billy Blue scholarship competition for 2010. Looking back at previous winners, I saw that they had a strong conceptual strength, so my focus was on combining a strong concept with some nice visuals to make something that really communicated a message.
I decided to make a comment on censorship, and the way government controls on information are becoming more and more prevalent, especially in light of the proposed ‘internet filter’ here in Australia. With my interest in fat type and designing crazy machines, I decided to portray censorship as a collection of devices, working away autonomously to process and change information. The machines formed the word ‘censorship’. The unplugged power cord is at the core of the message; We need to unplug the power that the machines have over our information.
The poster, logo and splash page are quirky, colourful and friendly, which is totally at odds with the traditional hyped and angry anti-government propaganda. This was my intention – it needed to have an impact and offer something new to the barrage of protest material we’ve all seen before.