Propaganda is to art as Twitter is to literature; concise, quick, bold, direct. The message is put across as simply as possible using often using whatever means necessary. Guilt, fear, threats, idealism, utopianism, racial slurs and violence — in addition to all the traditional design techniques like color, movement and perspective — can all be employed to drive the message home.
It amazes me the things that were printed and put on display in public spaces, but the same techniques are used today in advertising (though, possibly to less of an extreme). Smashing Magazine did a post last week about propaganda art and the artists who make it, so I thought I’d use this as a chance to dig through my own archive of World War II propaganda art and show off some of the more interesting or unique posters and art that you may not have seen before.
Chris Reynolds is one half of the design team at Arcane Palette Creative Design. He writes in his personal blog, jazzsequence, on subjects like music, technology and social media and shares links, videos, and posts various personal music and writing projects. You can also follow him on Twitter.