Posters of Hope and other such

Re Shepard Fairey – he designed the Obama Poster. Today Michael (who I sat next to at dinner a couple of years ago, plus who is the father of RJ Nina Las Vegas) was featured in the Age – for his poster in Sydney. He has made an Abbott poster.

The large majority of people reading this post have seen this image before. This iconic image of Barack Obama, adorned on posters, stickers, clothing and more, was created by Los Angeles-based, contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey. This image has become a pop cultural phenomenon and an important symbol in the political landscape of 2008 and beyond. How did this image spread virally so quickly? Who was involved in making that happen? More

The Obama poster and all the others.

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Chocolate cake for change makers #changeaaa

1 1/3 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup caster sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

125g butter, melted, cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease pan. 

Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Combine buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla in a jug. Make a well in centre of flour mixture. Pour in milk. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to high. Beat for 3 to 4 minutes or until thick and creamy.

Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The Measured Man – Mark Bowden – The Atlantic

I read this last year and said to myself – but of course! Read this and see how the world changes before your very eyes.

Ja mata ne!

Larry is a mild, gentle soul, someone generally more interested in talking about you than about himself. He does not go out of his way to get your attention, and nothing about him is remotely annoying or evangelical. But if you show an interest in his project and start asking questions—look out. Beneath the calm and the deference, Larry is an intellectual pitchman of the first order. His quest to know burns with the pure intellectual passion of a precocious 10-year-old. He visibly shudders with pleasure at a good, hard question; his shoulders subtly rise and square, and his forehead leans into the task. Because Larry is on a mission. He’s out to change the world and, along the way, defeat at least one incurable disease: his own.

via The Measured Man – Mark Bowden – The Atlantic.

Petition | Fair Go Coles! – Up the price of generic brand milk to a sustainable rate of return for all. | Change.org

We spoke on Friday about how milk was being used to shake things up so at the other end the power structure would be changed. What do you think? Let me hear you in the comments section.

“Right now, many Australian dairy farmers are at the crossroads, contemplating whether it’s worthwhile staying in business or not. This is not a decision many of them wish to take, but the discounting of milk to a dollar a litre, started by Coles in January last year, is decimating the industry and unless the supermarket price wars cease the Australian dairy industry will be nothing more than a pile of ashes. Since discounting began in January 2011, over 50 dairies in QLD alone have shut down and left the industry. Farmers and their families are being pushed to the brink, emotionally and physically as they strive to run their businesses. The closing of our dairy farms won’t just affect our dairy farmers; it will affect a large number of regional and urban towns with job losses in all the businesses our dairy farmers support.”

via Petition | Fair Go Coles! – Up the price of generic brand milk to a sustainable rate of return for all. | Change.org.

Mid march

Thinking about how design can work for the benefit of those in need is noble, worth doing and a change from the normal way of looking at design- as making something pretty for consumption.

If you draw your life force from engaging ethically with society – seeing yourself as a global citizen – then you must craft design to follow your emotions.