Friday, 1 March 2013

Jobs from the past - Number 41

Regular followers of this blog will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by. This is perfect timing as it's exactly ten years ago since the anti war protests.

Why Iraq? Why Now?

On 15th February 2003, the Stop the War Coalition (StWC) held a protest in London which is claimed to be the largest political demonstration in the city's history. The estimated attendance has been anywhere in between 750,000 and 2,000,000!

The day before the protest, a full page advertisement appeared in The Guardian, which was organised (and maybe funded?) by the architect Richard Rogers. He approached Alan Kitching to design the advert, which you can see above. The ad is designed to work both as a 'make yourself banner' and also list the some of the prominent public figures who opposed the invasion of Iraq and who were lending support to the Stop the War Coalition.

I confess to neither have seen the original ad in the Guardian or in fact going on the demonstration but I did see it reported in DesignWeek the week afterwards ...which I still have! I called Alan and offered to re-print the page for him (with The Guardian's permission) which we did, on our Redeem 100% Recycled 70gsm. This gave them lots of extra copies and me some file copies on our lovely paper. Printed in one colour, black, only.The size is 600mm x 378mm (or the same size that The Guardian used to be)
Alan Kitching and the late Celia Stothard with the posters outside their home in Kennington
Posted by Justin Hobson 01.03.2013

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