The other day while fulfilling a customer order for ‘We can do it’ poster, we got talking about what makes the Propaganda Posters striking and cool even now? Is it the strong imagery, or the old school feel to it or because these posters break the rules of the real world? A more known PG bestseller, ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’was also a WWII British propaganda poster intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain.
Over the past hundred years posters have been used as a very effective tool for war-time recruitment, persuasion, motivation, vigilance and also, at times, to instill some form of guilt on the general public. War propaganda has included the most notable images in the history of coercion. Big, bold uses of strong and brave men and women, selfless dedication of soldiers and civilians, suffering of civilians, heavy lines, pushed angles and depth, and powerful use of photographic images, color and shading. Undoubtedly, these give us an interesting visual into times gone by.