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For a Better World: Posters from the United Nations Paperback – September 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764913409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764913402
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By skiski on February 6, 2012
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I GAVE TO SHEPARD FAIREY! SAY'S HE LOVE IT! HOPEFULLY HE WILL USE FOR WORKING ON A PRINT OR AFINE PIECE OF ART!
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With an organization as diverse as the UN you would expect their posters to vary enormously in creativity and appeal and the one hundred and fifty in the book certainly reflect this. Those included are probably a good cross-section of what has been published by various UN agencies. I think it's worth remembering that the agencies are situated in various cities round the world and they reflect poster styles of different cultures. This most likely explains why there is no real design style to any of the work shown.

Surely as a world organization it should be possible to create some sort of `brand feel' to all this work, a simple idea might be to have a colored strip across the top or bottom of every UN poster (say: about ten percent of the total depth) which has some sort of color design and the UN logo.

Although most of the posters have colorful imagery, either as graphics or photos I don't think many are what might be called eye-catching award winners. So many of them have interesting images but use very ordinary designs and typography and as you look through the book there seems an even blandness that is only broken by something truly creative and eye-catching. To the other extreme there are a few that are just awful, in particular two that show all the members of the Security Council and General Assembly in group photos.

The book will have a mild interest for graphic designers though I bet most copies were bought by the various agencies whose posters are featured.

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