Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book – Follow-up #6

Design for Obama book launch at TASCHEN New York:
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

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:
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Credit: Kevin Furst Designcc-by

Additional photos from the event are available on, and

Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book – Follow-up #5

[singlepic id=241 w=320 h=240 float=right]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, Aaron Perry-Zucker will be on hand to sign or personalize your copy.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
6-8 pm

107 Green Street, New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212.226.2212

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Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book – Follow-up #4

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.

Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book – Follow-up #3

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:
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And here it is as a thumbnail in the index on page 176:
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You can still download the original graphics for free here.

Hat tip to @maristellag.

Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book – Follow-up #2

Three months ago I was asked to participate in a new art book by TASCHEN. The Hebrew posters I designed for the Obama campaign had reached the right people and will be included in the upcoming anthology. The book is scheduled for sale on November 2009 to mark one year of the Obama presidency, and it looks like it is coming along just fine, as I just found out it now has an official name and a cover design:

Design for Obama, Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology
Edited by Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker
Essay by Steven Heller

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You can pre-order the book right now!

Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book – Follow-up #1

About two months ago I published a post about a new Design For Obama (DFO) art book by TASCHEN that will include my Hebrew Obama graphics. Following is a quick update I got via Twitter:

DFO book editorial assistant Vikki Warner:

DFO book has gone into production. Layout went smoothly and was largely on deadline. I can’t wait to see the finished book!

DFO website creator and book editor Aaron Perry-Zucker:

book is nearing completion! Everything is in and we’re just about to start looking at the cover! Still shooting for Nov 4

DFO book publisher TASCHEN:

Design for Obama will be published this fall, available in the US early November. we’re excited for it.

Update: The book is now available for pre-order.

Dramatization of Future Obama Book by TASCHEN

Design for Obama: The TASCHEN Book

Yesterday I received the following email:

Dear Design for Obama Contributor,
In 2008, hundreds of you submitted your poster art to Design for Obama, enabling thousands more to access and use your art in support of Barack Obama. And when we crossed the finish line it was that much more satisfying knowing that we had contributed. This year, we will commemorate the one-year anniversary of our victory by publishing the best posters from our collection in a book edited by DFO creator Aaron Perry-Zucker and filmmaker Spike Lee with TASCHEN Books, including introductory essays from Spike Lee and Steven Heller, a former art director at the New York Times.
We would like to invite you to include your submission to Design for Obama in this exciting book.

After jumping up and down for an hour, it only took me four more hours to complete all the required tasks. Today I got the following reply:

Greetings Shahar,
Thank you very much for submitting your Permissions form, survey questions, and artwork for the Design For Obama book. We have received everything we need at this point, and will contact you if any additional materials or information are needed.
We’re thrilled that you’ve agreed to contribute!

Yes, I suppose I could have played it cool, delaying my blogging about it until I got word that my artwork made the final cut, but I just had to share my excitement. For dramatization purposes I have created the following image, a close approximation of how my mind sees my own page in the finished book:
Dramatization of Future Obama Book by TASCHEN

Note: If you’re one of the other artists that got this email, please use the hashtag #TaschenObamaBook when you Twitter the subject.

Update: Thanks to Brian Fraser who graciously allowed me to quote his correspondence with Vikki Warner, Editorial Assistant for Design For Obama. For everyone who postponed their jumping with joy, please read the following and put your mind at ease:

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Design for Obama wrote:
Hi Brian,
If you’ve been contacted, you’re already in. The final selection process has already been completed by the editors.

Update #2: This post has a follow-up here

Oh No You Di-int! – Berlitz Language School Rips Off My Obama Graphics

Trying to cash in on Obama’s cachet, a new print ad for the Israeli branch of Berlitz was just released – and it is litigiously similar to the ad I designed back in July 2008. Let’s compare:

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Copywriter: Shahar Golan Advertising Agency: Grey, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Executive Creative Director: Yonatan Stirin
Creative Director: Moti Rubinstein
Copywriter: Uri Shoham
Art Director: Karin Gross
Account Manager: Dani Brande
Account Supervisor: Noa Heinemann
Account Executive: Mor Gluska


Here are a few relevant comments from the I Believe in Advertising blog:

ahoovi said on January 22, 2009 @ 10:55 am:

another great *copy* from the adler/grey/copyhouse…
it was actually used at the obama campaign –
in shirts:
and in posters:
apparently all you need to be an absolutely brilliant copywriter is to use google…

uri said on January 22, 2009 @ 2:28 pm:

Dear ahoovi,
As the copywriter of this ad, I can assure you that I thought about the idea by myself. I didn’t use Google, as you did. Further more, the creative was to use the phrase in the right context.
The question is that- can we believe that two human minds might think about the same idea?
Yes we… you know what? its not important if you believe me or not.
Keep on the Google work.
Uri & Karin

Rich said on January 22, 2009 @ 4:28 pm:

Ouch. Copycat spoted.

Obama Sworn In, In Jerusalem They Also Cheered L’Chaim

There is a new leader of the free world, and new additions to my Sightings-of-the-Hebrew-Obama-Posters-I-Designed scrapbook. This is today’s front page of, the online edition of Israel’s leading newspaper:

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You can check out the short video (in Hebrew) here.

Following is an Associated Press photo, as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times website:
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Democrats Abroad-Israel posted loads of photos from the inaugural event in Jerusalem – in many of them my poster is lurking, like so:
Democrats Abroad-Israel's inaugural event, Jerusalem, Israel, 2009-01-20

And last, this is my Hebrew Obama poster as it briefly appeared on one of my favorite shows, The Colbert Report, on its Un-American News segment – President Obama Edition:
A frame from The Colbert Report, 2009-01-22
The yellow circle was added by me.

Where in Israel Can I Celebrate Obama’s Inauguration?

In the spirit of true bipartisanship, Democrats Abroad-Israel through the tireless efforts of its Jerusalem branch, is hosting an Inaugural Event.

What: Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Event
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – doors open at 5:30pm IST, actual inauguration ceremony and address will be viewed live on screen at 7pm IST
Where: Zollis Pub, 5 Rivlin Street, Nahalat Shiva, Jerusalem, Israel.
Who: Democrats, Republicans, Independents and their friends
How much: NIS 65 per person. Entrance fee includes Kosher dinner and beverage, snacks, music and lots of fun!
Why: Because we needed a Mentch in the White House and tomorrow we will have one.

Efrat from DA-Israel just informed me that it is getting more and more likely that they will reach their capacity, so RSVP now by email or take your chances and just show up.

Hebrew Obama Poster: CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN |

Hebrew Obama Poster: YES OUI KEN |

Hebrew Obama Poster: YES OUI KEN |