It may be just a marketing ploy by Penguin Random House, but the publisher has printed the text of Timothy Synders’ chilling book On Tyranny onto a series of large posters and put them up in east London. The powerful posters, which were created in collaboration with a team of university graphic design students, depict the Yale historian’s “Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century”. Mirroring 1930s and 40s propaganda graphics, the posters are a brilliant tool to both promote the book and educate the public on coping with tyrannical regimes.
Based on a strict black, white and red color format, the bold, type-rich designs offer engaging messages directly from Snyder’s bestselling book. Each of the book’s chapters was interpreted by a different designer, so that none of the twenty-eight images is the same.
I’m hoping that the publisher will be bring this clever version of the manifesto for resistance to the U.S. and/or offering downloadable versions of the graphics.