I get the desire, it's the message I have a hard time with. I think the left and right are bullies and that understanding and acceptance comes from a message where neither side feels demeaned. I don't see the left as inclusive when the messages (not all) are so divisive and hate filled. The right is no better obviously. I personally don't want to be associated with either the right or the left. This is not the America I fought for and when I think of the sacrifices of my family, and the young people who have lost their lives I want to yell. Design is the one place we're all equal, it doesn't matter if you're good or not or what your medium is...Please don't ruin my escape with hate and and anger.
Do things like this make a political difference though? I hate to say it, but I feel like a lot of the attitude we have on the left significantly turns off a lot of people in the middle who otherwise might be open to what we have to say. I'm not suggesting compromising our values, I'm suggesting that the way our values are messaged often is blind to what appeals to the people we need to be convincing. Instead it relies on what we know is appealing to the people who already are convinced.
Where are the projects to explain the reality and dangers of climate change without condescension? Where are the projects to visualize how Trump's economic policy will actually make things like the debt worse? Where are the projects that bridge the gap between military leadership who disagree with Trump's budgeting and the regular troops who find any pro-military messaging appealing?
Enough political graphic design, and more political communication design! I guess I need to start doing more of my own political side projects.
Let us design inclusively in the absence of inclusive politics.
should designers be political