“NO GO” is the message of this powerful poster, spelled out in big, bright, bold block letters. The red “NO” is punctuated by a small picture of a military jet, and the yellow “GO” is punctuated by a small picture of a dove. These two simple words, writ large in bright colors against a dark background, convey the message of the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference better than any image could.
This poster was done by graphic designer Seymour Chwast for the 1998 conference. Throughout Chwast’s long and celebrated career, his work reflected his commitment to peace and opposition to war. His subtle and not-so-subtle anti-war designs typically challenged the viewer to think more deeply about the impact and consequences of war.
Seymour Chwast was born in 1931 in New York City where he spent his career as an illustrator and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of Push Pin Studios in 1954 which gained a reputation for innovative design. Chwast is well-known for his graphic design work on posters, product packaging, editorial illustrations, public relations projects and fonts. His unique design style, his often wry sense of humor and the social commentary which frequently appears in his work (as here) have made him one of the preeminent graphic designers of his generation.
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