The Art of Revolution: Social Change

Can a Revolution bring about change to society? Yes!
Can Art send a message so profound, it could move people to act? Yes!

If you look back in history, significant changes have come through revolutions. The French Revolution, The Industrial Revolution, and The Renaissance (rebirth) are just a few. The French RevolutionRévolution française, was a period of social and political turmoil in France and its colonies. During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system. The French Revolution (arts and culture) made a profound impression on the course of modern history. The people, inspired by liberal and radical ideas such as equality before the lawDeclaration of the Rights of Man and the CitizenWomen’s March on Versaillesthe abolition of feudalism, and Ancien Régime, changed the course of history. Historians widely regard revolution as one of the most critical events in human history.

For instance, the early man would communicate non-verbally and other times they drew on rocks. These stories were passed onto future generations and this is where the art form frescos originated. We know that culture, art, politics, and economics had a significant shift during “The Renaissance Era” in Europe. The Renaissance period promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature, and art.

Art can be seen as a form of expression. It evokes emotions like appreciation, creativity, love, inspiration, education, and fear, and it has evolved immensely over the years. One would say that Art and Design are one of the same.

There are very few designers across the globe who focus on the world’s social issues, and it’s shown by their work. The movement against social injustice through design has been growing for five decades and now, more than ever, there is a call for designers to effect change.

Here are ways creativity brings about change:

Art

Art plays an enormous part in everyday life and communication. We may perceive it with our eyes, however, it also makes a massive impact on our souls. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Claude Monet’s museum, Picasso’s museum, the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, or the Creation of Adam Michel Angelo at the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling; the emotions and sensations are far too overwhelming to put into words.

When Graffiti Art first started appearing on walls, buildings, trains, to name a few. People were upset. Although graffiti was vibrant, thought-provoking, and highly captivating, one could get arrested for doing this as this was considered vandalism.

We can’t separate the Art from Design any more than we can separate the Art from Revolution.

Colors

Color is the most influential to our natural senses, followed by shapes, symbols, and finally, words. The meanings of color vary from culture to culture, and we have different reactions to color. Colors can affect your brand and how your target audience responds. Can Color effectively affect your brand? Well, take a look at this infographic.

Pink is notoriously the color that signifies femininity, and the color, pink denotes the following: romance, femininity, love, beauty, playfulness, passion, just to name a few.

Take, for instance, The Women’s March; there were worldwide protests in January 2017, and out of that March, the ‘Pussyhats’ came to be. It delivered a strong message to the ruling politician administration in the United States, and the world at large, that women’s rights are fundamental human rights.

Font & Typography

The history of fonts they say started in the 1440s, in Germany, and the very first production printing machine came into existence. Fonts or Typeface consist of variations of letters, numbers, symbols, width, dimensions, and style. The fonts we choose to convey a message or feeling can affect more than just our sense of sight; we either are mesmerized or detested by it.

According to the Revolution Watch, Steve Jobs was the Godfather of fonts and created a New Font Revolution. How cool is that? It states that Steve Jobs dropped out of college and decided to take a calligraphy class. In 2005, he addressed students at a leading University, “I have learned serif and sans serif typefaces, varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, which makes typography great, which I found to be beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can not capture, and I was fascinated.” — Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

In this generation, there is nothing more predominantly powerful than the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. It’s not just words, letters, shapes, colors, and sizes. We look at ‘Black Lives Matter’ and it stirs an emotion so deep that we can not just sit on the sidelines and do absolutely nothing. We no longer can turn a blind eye to what happens around us. The message is clear, Black Lives Matter.

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Most of us want to make a difference, and we want to be a part of that change. We are all called for a greater good, to act, to perform, to change, and to move so profoundly that we proffer SOLUTIONS.

Let’s talk about a revolution and let design create fervent change.

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