The Design of Dissent is a survey of prominent graphic works of social and political protest and critique spanning the last fifty years addressing war, racism, human rights, poverty, environmental protection, gun control, and corporate greed.
Throughout history, in a constant struggle to create a better and more just world, people have raised their voices in protest against corruption, wrongdoing, and the exploitation of power. The most effective designers have used their skills, and the means at their disposal, to create graphic responses that educate and spread these messages of defiance.
Originally curated by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, The Design of Dissent was displayed in 2005 at The School of Visual Arts – New York, and now a portion of this exhibition is on loan to Non-Breaking Space, a non-profit gallery in Seattle.
The new iteration, curated in collaboration with Civilization, is a direct reaction to the state of current affairs: "It is our responsibility to question, challenge, and communicate dissent wherever necessary to protect those freedoms we so value."
The show, which runs until early April, includes graphic works of protest from the 1960s until today created by over 50 prominent designers from around the world – including Paula Scher, Gran Fury, Barbara Kruger, Experimental Jetset, and many others.