Admiring the graphic design of this requires a willing suspension of historical fact – that this precedent was used as a weapon of mass murder and oppression on millions of people in Eastern Europe in the 20th century. This style is soaked in the blood of the innocent.
Propaganda posters were used by many different governments, both oppressive and democratic, throughout the 20th century. Furthermore, why does admiring the graphic design require you to ignore the oppression and murder that some regimes engaged in? I can easily do both, why can’t you?
Agreed. I think these images can be critiqued on a the social and a graphic levels independently. Or, together, as a work of satire; doing the exact opposite of ignoring the past. “Group Think” people!
Wouldn’t it be more correct to say that Joseph Goebbels is the father of contemporary propaganda? It’s true that he worked under Hitler but Goebbels was the guy with the ideas for propaganda campaigns.
In fact, the posters are now compiled into a hardcover book that you can also buy off Aaron’s Etsy shop, which he created with the help of a kickstarter campaign. He says he is “eternally wicked grateful to everybody who helped me out there, and everybody who sponsored got their name in the book or got a copy of [it], depending on their prize level. It was great.” The book includes 26 of Aaron’s propaganda posters, and a description of each image’s inspiration.