On November 4th, the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s historic election, TASCHEN New York hosted Spike Lee, Aaron Perry-Zucker, and Steven Heller to celebrate the launch of their book DESIGN FOR OBAMA.
A crowd of over 250 fans showed up to meet the editors, including over 25 of the book’s contributors. Some contributors even flew in for the event from as far as Seattle, Toronto, and the Dominican Republic! Additionally, around 15 members of the press were in attendance, including representatives from Maxim, New York Daily News, Rachel Ray, Metropolitan Home, The Source, Trace, Allure, Fortune, Teen Vogue, InStyle, and Vanity Fair.
The TASCHEN New York team would like [to] thank Spike Lee, Aaron Perry-Zucker, and Steven Heller for taking the time to personally greet all their fans.
- - Quoted from TASCHEN.com
As a contributing artist to the book I wish I could have attended the book launch, but it was held in NYC and I was held in TLV. Fortunately filmmaker Spike Lee who co-edited the book was gracious enough to pose for a photo with my poster: Credit: Kevin Furst Design – cc-by
On the one year anniversary of Barack Obama‘s election, the TASCHEN Store New York invites you to the launch of Design For Obama. Editors Spike Lee, New York Times columnist Steven Heller, and founder of DesignforObama.org, Aaron Perry-Zucker will be on hand to sign or personalize your copy.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
TASCHEN New York
107 Green Street, New York, NY 10012
Steven Heller, co-chair of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Designer as Author Program, writes the “Visuals” column for the New York Times Book Review, and is the author of 120 books on design, illustration, and satiric art – including TASCHEN’s Design For Obama which features my own original English-French-Hebrew design on page 95. The book will be available worldwide in two weeks, so in the meantime you can check out Heller’s discussion with the Philadelphia chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) on the outpouring of posters for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Heller also compares today’s political graphics to the campaign posters of a previous generation, and the relationship between democracy and design.
November is just around the corner and I am anxiously waiting to get my hands on Design for Obama, the book I participated in. Luckily, the publisher, Taschen, just made the entire book available online. You can leaf through all the pages, albeit the viewing quality is just enough to make you interested in buying the book.
Here are page 94-95 featuring my “Yes, Oui, Ken” original design:
And here it is as a thumbnail in the index on page 176:
You can still download the original graphics for free here.