Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Rip and Recycle

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Rip and Recycle

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Many regard climate change as a problem. but there are precious few who conquer their apathy long enough to do anything about it. So the publication of Green Patriot Posters: Graphics for a Sustainable Community (edited by Dmitri Siegel and Edward Morris, Thames and Hudson, £19.95), a -whole book of pithy, perforated posters designed to spark eco-idlers into action, is to be welcomed.

Raising the profile of environmental issues is a laudable cause, and the production of the book is admirable. Climate change, however, is tricky to communicate and promote. It possesses an intrinsic 'us & them' dichotomy - you are either part of the solution or part of the problem - which makes it difficult to avoid patting yourself on the back or further alienating the 'other side'.

Green Patriot Posters features a number of perfunctory essays on the aims of the project but the type treatment, along with the tight margins (a waste-cutting measure), makes for an uncomfortable read. Turning to the posters, you are instantly confused by the credits. …

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