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Universal Declaration of Human Rights Posters

The following is a selection of participating designers’ work.

“Everybody.” Poster based on the Declaration’s Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

“I wanted to talk about the realization that once you get past nationality, race, gender and the external human things, we are all the same inside.”

Everybody Poster and Postcard, 2008

Designer: Christopher Kosek (Pasadena, California)

Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California)

Digital print on paper and cardstock

A detailed depiction of an anatomical human heart, black against a red background, above the word [everybody] and smaller text that reads [we're all made up of the same stuff].

2008
Designer: Christopher Kosek (Pasadena, California, USA)
Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California, USA)
Digital print on paper and cardstock Reproduced for exhibition 2022

“Sweat Shop Labor” Poster based on the Declaration’s Article 23: Everyone has the right to work. . . to equal pay. . .

“I wanted consumers to see this in hopes that they think twice about the brands they support; that they ask questions before they buy. Where was it made? Who made it? How much were they paid?”

Sweat Shop Labor Poster and Postcard, 2008

Designer: Cindy Chen (Pasadena, California)

Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California)

Digital print on paper and cardstock

 

Close-up of a white t-shirt, slightly wrinkled, with the tag sticking out over the collar. Text in all caps on the tag reads [100% sweatshop labor. Bad conditions, ages 4 and up, abducted, lack of education, psychological harm, forced to work, long hours, little-no pay, physical abuses, slave labor, unsanitary, denied childhood, taken away from families].

“Your Thoughts Are Illegal.” Poster based on the Declaration’s Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

“My mother grew up in Communist Poland and she’d tell me stories of being in fear of the Secret Police…who could arrest and ‘disappear’ people for any reason at any time. These things still happen today!”

Your Thoughts Are Illegal Poster and Postcard, 2008

Designer: Christopher Kosek (Pasadena, California)

Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California)

Digital print on paper and cardstock

 

Capitalized gray text on a black background reads [Your thoughts are illegal].

Your Thoughts Are Illegal Poster and Postcard, 2008; Designer: Christopher Kosek (Pasadena, California, USA); Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California, USA); Digital print on paper and cardstock

“This Is My Home.” Poster based on the Declaration’s Article 25: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being.

“I wanted to use everyday objects that homeless people have appropriated to create shelter, privacy, a home to survive. In this context, objects that we dispose of take on a different meaning.”

This Is My Home Poster and Postcard, 2008

Designer: Cindy Chen (Pasadena, California) Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California)

Digital print on paper and cardstock

Black text on cardboard reads [This is my home] with smaller text below that reads [In the United States 3.5 million people will experience homelessness in a given year, 1.35 million of them being children.].

This is My Home Poster and Postcard, 2008; Designer: Cindy Chen (Pasadena, California, USA); Printer: ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California, USA); Digital print on paper and cardstock

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