Monday, February 4, 2008


This poster designed by Shepard Fairey, seemed like a different approach to what a "normal" presidential poster would look like. The illustration of this poster has a more personal appeal than the classic "vote for____" poster, with the picture of the candidate. And the word "Progress" really has volume. "Progress" communicates persistence, dedication, and change; all those things lead to hope, in which our country definitely needs.

The theme of this year seems to be "change". In May I'll be graduating, which will be a huge change for me, because I'm 21 years old, and I've been in school for the last 18 years of my life; Today, an unexpected change happened in the Super Bowl...the only thing that was similar to us was the name "Manning"; In November, there will be a new president that will attempt to change what America has gone through for the last 8 years; and the 2008 Olympics will take place this year in Beijing, which is a country that's looking to change the outcome of what the previous olympics have shown us (the U.S. taking home the most gold medals).

I have a guerilla advertising class right now, which some people may call ambient, outdoor, or unconventional advertsing, and it has been a challenge, because the objective is to create something that people aren't use to seeing, which means I have to go outside of myself to seek inspiration from sources that I'm not used to seeking. An award-winning art director wrote (in an article that I received from one of my teachers Sal Devito, of Devito/Verdi), "...perahps when an obstacle presents itself, it may be a blessing in disguise. It could force you to do something you ordinarily wouldn't." I try to remember that everyday.


dad said...

I am really impressed with with your work and the level of improvement from one of a visually inspired person to that of a person who find meaning and inspiration in the written and spoken word. Life is leaps and bounds if you dare to take the first step. dad.

Steve Miceli said...

Jelani..very nice work...keep it up!! and remember keep it fresh (always open to keeping change alive).
Here is a little quote in the interest of change :
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." ~ James Baldwin

Britney Walker said...

Who would have ever known that our late night talks about you creating a _________ machine (we will leave that blank in case you ever decided to create it!) would have lead you here! I really enjoyed my visit to your "place." It was (45%) short of amazing....(can't let you think you've already made it!!)