As part of an on-going series of posters bringing attention to the issue of gun control in the US, this poster was created in the wake of yet another tragic school shooting. Of course, there are many reasons for this or other events like it, but in this poster, we wanted to focus on what we think is a critical issue behind the lack of any movement towards sensible gun control in the US, and the intranience of one powerful organization to curtail any reasonable dialog on this urgent national crisis.
Inspired in part by Robert Indiana's Love & Amor sculptures, both of which are located in Philadelphia, we wanted to create something that was both typographic, and something that could be easily replicated to bring the message across. But at the same time, we wanted a type solution that had a sense of urgency about it too. After several attempts at illustrating the type, we were looking through our photographic archives when we came across some images of beautiful stenciled type on a dark wall that we had taken on a trip to Rome, a city filled with some great graffiti. Immediately, we thought that using some kind of a stencil could add some drama to the poster. It was fun creating the stencils, and spray painting the letters on a blackboard. The whole poster was then scanned and assembled in Photoshop.
The end result, we believe, is a poster that speaks directly to the detrimental role the NRA plays in the discussion of sensible gun control. We like the typographic directness of the poster and the fact that the poster could be replicated as a DIY poster project.