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© Jonathan Atkinson, 2013 gutenberg Copyright Hand Crafted in the U.S.A.
23rd of December

Obama & McCain 2008: Art & Politics


How much influence did art, the politicians brand and exposure thereof have in the 2008 American elections?

Is there an integral role between art and politics which can guide us in discovering truth or does art and design in politics walk dangerously close to propaganda?

How much does art and design influence the way people think and act? Or is art an embodiment of people’s perceptions implying that the art is in-fact preordained? The logo of a political brand is then a personification of a symbol or in other words the embodiment of the person it represents – similar comments in the video at the end of this post.

To what degree has art and design influenced the way Americans voted in 2008?

With these questions in mind please take a look at the collection of illustrations, caricatures, logos and video’s relating to the 2008 American Elections. You will notice there is more material on Obama which has nothing to do with my personal views. There was simply more of it. For example there were no real variations of the McCain logo like there was for Obama nor where there video’s talking about McCains brand development.

Enjoy: (Click on the images to see fully)


Obama Brand & Logo Development:
An interview with Sol Sender about the Obama logo and the brand that was built.

Sol Sender – Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2

Sol Sender – Obama Logo Design Part 1 of 2

Other Videos:

This is a video compilation of varies political expressions

Obama And Pop Culture – CBS News

HipHop Scratching Video

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed!

3 Comments
  • With the Change manifesto it made sense to break the mould a bit. Politics influenced art direction. But we humans perceive the logo of a dawn breaking a new era as a symbol for change and therefore are the agents that imbue it with meaning. In that respect all design is directed by preexisting suppositions as to what certain images convey… such that the speech bubble idea was a little too ‘out of the box’…

    Hmm chicken or the egg…art or politics? :D

  • whew anila! art or politics? hmm, first i was gonna say easy and then i remembered einsten, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science…” and “All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree…” oh well, i’d like to think that innately we’d be drawn to art first not politics not even sure politics falls under “science”.
    AWESOME post! cannot believe how cool to see them all lined up like that! thus far beautiful site/thoughtful posts….

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