Our young people live in an increasingly visual world – branding, advertising, and online images are a part of everyday life. The ability to decode and critically analyse images is key to becoming aware of when art is seeking manipulate your emotions or thoughts in some way.
This fascinating book explores how typography, colour, and symbolism have been used by protests and causes across the world to powerful effect. It also guides readers through some of the most memorable protest works and most influential movements in history, whilst sharing tips and strategies for creating your own mindful protests.
De Nichols produces interactive experiences, digital media, public art, and social initiatives that mobilize designers and creative changemakers to address injustices within the built environment. Currently, De is a Senior User Experience Researcher of Product Inclusion at YouTube.
I found the timeline of protest art through history very interesting. It spanned from Francisco Goya’s series of etchings ‘The Disasters of War’ through to the recent Black Lives Matter campaign and explored how images and slogans came to represent entire movements. I also enjoyed the pages on the use of colour and typography.
I can see this book being an indispensable guide for anyone who has an interest in the visual arts or in launching a campaign. It’s recommended for readers aged 12+ (KS3) and if you’d like to win one of three copies I’m giving away, head over to my pinned tweet on Twitter (@BookSuperhero2)
*Many thanks to Big Picture Press for sending me this title to review*