Filed under: design envy | Tags: Barack Obama, political merchandise
While this blog isn’t really intended for political conversation, I don’t really make it a secret where my loyalties lie this election year. I’m a big Obama supporter and am constantly impressed by not just the amount of Obama merchandise out there, but the quality of the design.
(To my Republican friends, please overt your eyes during this portion of the post and proceed to the pretty – and I use that word loosely – McCain shirt I’ve posted for your benefit down below.)
Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it: I strongly believe that most “creatives” (i.e., those in a creative field involving design, music, writing, web, what have you) tend to sway Democrat and that is why when you compare the merchandise of the two parties, you’ll see a really drastic difference in aesthetic. There, I said it. Call me a design snob Democrat; I really don’t care. My proof:
So those are just a few examples….and yes, I realize they skew to a younger audience but I think it’s effective and it’s critical for engaging young voters. Also, check out this article about the Obama brand (courtesy of my friend, seibuone).
And now I bring you the best McCain shirt I could find. Not completely horrible, but I guarantee it was designed in Microsoft Paint. I rest my case.
Links to merch above:
Obama collage courtesy of Fubiz
Make Mine Barack by Sidedown
Designs by Xtrapop
Shirts and bag from Obama section of Cafepress
Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle site
Buttons from Democratic Stuff
Stickers from Munk One
Obama graphic tees from Urban Outfitters
Obama Hope, 2008 by Shepard Fairey
Progress poster by Scott Hansen
Hope by David Choe and Upper Playground
(really? you want it? okay….fine.) McCain shirt
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