From the artist and graphic designer behind the 2017 Bay Area "United Against Hate" posters by Lena Wolff and Lexi Visco, new posters have been designed in both English and Spanish to encourage greater voter participation in the 2018 midterms and 2020 elections.
The six different iterations of the poster are big enough to be visible from the street when hung in windows at 19 × 12.5 inches.
To date, the project raised close to $4,000 to print up to 20,000 posters at Bay Area union print shop Autumn Press to be distributed across the country, especially to regions where critical midterm elections are taking place and where more voter turnout will be essential in order for us to reclaim our democracy. Ideally, we’ll print more than 20,000 and every donation counts. To contribute click here.
In addition to printed posters, free pdf files are available on this website for download to print from home or send to a printer individually.
If you live in a city or town where you can imagine a large projection of this image beaming onto an outdoor wall, please contact us and we will do our best to send you a file of the image that will fit the specs of the space. In Berkeley, the poster image is in rotation on a large outdoor screen of the Berkeley Art Museum and we hope to repeat this format across the country.
With more voter participation, we can change the political climate in November 2018 and 2020, as long as we get more people to the polls who haven't voted in past elections. Through the VOTE! posters, we hope to entice more people to assert their right to participate in our democracy!
For info on how and where to vote visit vote.org
About the Designers
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lena Wolff is primarily a visual artist who works in a range of approaches including drawing, paper collage, sculpture, murals, text-based pieces and public art. She is also the founder of FUTURE CHORUS, a vocal ensemble of over 25 participants who sing a repertoire of original arrangements and unexpected cover songs for the political moment at scheduled and impromptu public and cultural spaces throughout the Bay Area.
Wolff’s visual work extends out of American craft and folk-art traditions, while at the same time being connected to the modern and contemporary movements of geometric abstraction, minimalism, social practice, Op art and feminist art. Her collages and sculptures are in the public collections of the One Archive, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, Facebook, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Iowa Museum and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, among others.
Lexi Visco works with what she identifies as a birdhouse model of graphic design. Through people, community, and place, she inhabits modes of research, collaboration, deconstruction, and rebuilding. With these models of engagement she makes publications, drawings, sculptural objects, and identity systems, which are shared across publics and fields of distribution.
She holds a degree in art from UCLA and a degree in graphic design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She currently co-runs the Northern California chapter of Publication Studio in Berkeley and teaches in the graphic design department at CCA.
About the United Against Hate Posters
In the summer of 2017, the Mayor of Berkeley contacted Wolff to generate a message for the citizens of the city to hang in their windows in response to several violent rallies that took place in the center of town in the first half of 2017, spearheaded by an influx of far-right groups engaged in aggressive hate-speech. To answer the call, Wolff enlisted her friend, artist and graphic designer Lexi Visco to collaborate to generate a simple clear poster.
The poster reads, “Berkeley Stands United Against Hate.” 20,000 copies were printed for residents of Berkeley to hang in their windows and another 20,000 were made and hung in Oakland. In addition, large banners of the image were publicly displayed during the summer of 2017 in both cities. Subsequently, six other East Bay municipalities requested and printed adaptations of their own.
Formally, the colors of the poster extrapolate from red, white and blue, translated into muted tones that invoke Berkeley’s connection to the Arts and Crafts movement. Wolff and Visco continue to alter the name of the city for any town interested in their own version of this poster.