The Danger Of Children Bearing Small Arms – Ryan Herring and Wakil Pranto

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 2.45.45 PMFor our poster “The Danger of Children Bearing Small Arms” we’ve created a collage of manila folders to portray different headlines relating to the effects of giving guns to kids.  The headlines can vary from the danger of children bearing the weapons, the basic statistics, the solutions to ending the unethical labor, and the worst-case scenarios. Our art piece expresses the wrong-doing of forcing children to bear weapons. We are trying to convey knowledge to people on what goes on in some countries which have no children rights. These children are exposed to the most unfair treatment and do not deserve the high risk of abuse and death at such a young age.

We chose this topic because this is an age where technology and weapons are advancing to the point where it becomes easier to kill. Thus, children become more at risk of dying and getting horribly injured so the time for action would be now.

The purpose for the use of the manila folders is to illustrate the action of giving information. When I eagerly turn on my television, I switch on the news, and all we hear about is the bull crap that is fed to us, which are things that the media and government believe we should know. Much of the real news stories are buried under nonsense. But when I learned of the mistreatment of children in African countries, I become concerned. So my colleague and I have decided to create a poster attempting to spread the concern about the children being forced into violence.

Women’s Education – Aida G. and Meriem E.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.07.09 PMThe main goal Aida and I are trying to achieve with this poster is essentially to increase awareness on the very important issue of gender discrimination against girls in various countries worldwide, especially in the field of education. Many poor families feel as though it is wasteful for girls to go to school, since all they’re good for is domestic chores, and duties. Girls have no opportunities to strive for a better future. 

Our art is unique. Two-thirds of the worlds 880 million illiterate adults are women. So my partner and I agreed it would be best if we represented all the women that are robbed of an equal chance to go to school, as their brothers, cousins and etc. get to. Our main work of art has the exact number of how many, out of the total population of illiterate adults, are women. They are represented around the globe together holding hands united.

Another thing that makes our artwork special is that we used all of the graphic design requirements of contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity. Alignment is used through the centering of our fact inside the picture of the globe. We used contrast by creating an orange background that we’ve also faded from dark to light. In conclusion, the goal of our poster is to potentially raise awareness to the issue of inequality in female education. 

Demaj and Jawuan MLK Poster

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.00.37 PMRev. Martin Luther King Jr. used emotion throughout his life. King’s words displayed his sense of intellectuality and genuine character, by promoting nonviolence and racial integration. This urgency caused him to create speeches that changed the lives of many. This change of character caused Black Americans to gain a sense of dignity and self-determination for justice and their human rights. We must not forget how far we have come, but the race has not finished. The hurdles of racism, discrimination, bias, and prejudice have provoked injustice towards the black community. As a black community we must not have a crab mentality,which is to say, we must not represent a pot of crabs because individually we could escape but we grab onto one another in our competitiveness to succeed, because this competition will surely end in our demise. We chose these quotes to represent this struggle. The picture we chose also demonstrates this presence. Finally, we used white words on black background to make them contrast better against the subtlety of the black and white portrait.



Artist’s Statement

            I believe in the importance of giving the work of art a hidden meaning and conveying emotions into the piece. My taste in art is influenced by antique paintings I have seen in various art museums. I am inspired by these paintings since there is always a story or a message behind them that make them interesting.

When my partner and I began to work on the MLK poster, we planned to add in numerous metaphorical components in the piece. For instance, we highlighted King’s words in bright yellow, while keeping the background relatively lighter.  This expresses the idea that words are powerful and are also more meaningful and effective than the use of violence. It also tells the viewer that King’s compelling words are what inspired the people to stand up for justice.  Therefore, we have added quotes to the left of the poster to add further strength to that statement.

Additionally, we have chosen this particular picture for our poster to show the love and support King receives from the people, and his ability to control such an enormous crowd just through his words. An interesting fact that should be taken into account is that he is not surrounded by an armed force for protection in the picture like most political leaders are. We believe that this is an attempt by him to set an example to the crowd about the power and effectiveness of nonviolence in bringing about change. His smile and wave to the people in the crowd represents their connection through love, which goes with the principle of nonviolence.

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7 Facts You Might Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr.

by Jason Baker & Lia Hawkins

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This poster was designed for the express purpose of making people see historical figures outside of the context provided by historians. To most display how convoluted history can get, we have chosen Martin Luther King Jr., a man whom historians have placed in a box. Not many people know much of King beyond the last stanzas of his “I Have a Dream” speech and the fact that he has a national holiday named after him.

The vivid colors in the background of the poster pop in contrast to the lettering, and the yin-yang symbols hidden throughout symbolize King’s goals of unity.

This poster provides you with information about King that you may not have been aware of. But it also hopes to change the view of King that historians have provided you.

History is very most often written by winners, winners that mold what we know to think how they want us to. Going back to the first civilizations, records were always scribed by the heads of villages, who have contrasting views compared to their subjects. This trend has always existed as long as dominators have. Even now, all students learn are the wars of history, the heroes of history, and the Western perspective. Hopefully, by looking at this poster, and understanding that even though “it looks like orange juice, it smells like orange juice, and they tell you it’s orange juice” to question what you’ve been taught, and not drink the glass of history without proper knowledge of its contents.

What are people saying about #oppression

For my hashtag topic, I chose #oppression

I found out that oppression is used in similar ways.My first example is Sheriff Glenn Palmer: 2012 CSPOA Sheriff of the Year ” No More #Oppression ” :  via @youtube.The tone of the video is one of anger, and is very inspiring.My second example is The System customised just for you ?#oppression tone of this picture is very eye opening and truthful.Look at these different usages: First example: Second

What People Are Saying about #Children


For my hashtag topic, I chose children. I found various sarcastic tweets on how children are a pain to parents, but their was 2 interesting pictures, one from @euromid and the other from @cheerfans that got my attention quickly. The tone of my first example is serious because it shows the Israeli cruelty to Palestinian children with high statistics. For example, about 95% of the children are forced to admit of a crime they didn’t commit. This makes people wonder if children have any rights to at least defend themselves. The tone of my second example is humorous because a mother is talking about her children being ugly and dumb in a sarcastic way, but like every mother she still loves them very much. This type of humor was found the most in the #children because even from my personal experience, my mother says the same about me. My mom says i’m “stubborn and act like a fool,” but she still loves me for who I am because thats just how any other child acts and thats what makes us special. Looking at these 2 different images, I think some people think of children as a pain and try to be sarcastic about them, but when they see other children suffering they start to feel bad for them and want to treat their own children better. My contradictory hashtags tell me that part of society thinks of children as a pain, but also others want to inform people of how children go through harsh cruelties in other places, therefore they should be grateful for their children.

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what twitter is saying about #Ihaveadream?!?!

twitter is a great outlet for expression. so I did an experiment using #Ihaveadream to search for different tweets using this hashtag in unique, individual ways. these two tweets show how society has changed since the civil rights era, where Dr. martin luther king fought for equality amongst all americans white or black. as I was searching for tweets I saw an interesting trend in the sincerity of them all, most were either really serous either praising and glorifying the great Dr. martin luther king or making funny modern day tweets on some petty rivalries amongst countries and or even actual dreams.

my first tweet is the more sincere, and serious one. this person is referencing to the ” I have a dream speech” Martin Luther KIng addressed at the height of the civil rights era.

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my second tweet is the funny, and light tweet. about the ” rivalry” between algerian’s and moroccans. which I find to be true at times, but sort of a stereotype that all moroccans and algerians hate each other. my family friend is algerian and we’re really close and hear that all the time about ” oh I heard algerians and moroccans are supposed to hate each other”.

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lastly, I feel that it is kinda disrespectful to use MLK’s i have a dream, in vain like that. to show moroccan and algerians “beef” because it is nothing like the way african americans were treated during the 1960’s and up until now sometimes. But I also the humorous side of this tweet as well when she states ” imagine how beautiful r kids would be”.



For my hashtag I choose freedom. I found two tweets that shows different meanings about freedom.

The tone of my first example is somewhat supposed to be a joke and not supposed to be taken too seriously.
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The tone of my second example is very serious and and to the point.Inline image 5
Looking at these different tweets I think people express themselves differently
and different usages of the words at different times. This shows that people living
in today’s world use different meanings of words because of their background.
In the first tweet I assume that the first tweeter is a younger person who has not
experience the same things as the second tweeter.
When people use words in a different meaning they intend to amuse their audience
in a certain way. In the first tweet the tone is to entertain while the second tweet is
to persuade and inform. Overall the meaning of words depends on the individual’s
interpretation and how to apply it to their everyday life.

What twitter says about #ethnicity

For my hashtag topic, I chose ethnicity. I found many tweets about ethnicity. The tone of my first example is used in the correct way. It talks about how people pretend to know how others talk by using race and ethnicity and they do not know the difference. Race may defined as the color of ones skin and what other people see you as. Ethnicity could be classified by a persons cultural background, heritage, and history of  their ancestry .

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The tone of my second example is supposed to be a funny tweet and is about how people don’t know what ethnicity people are during the summer. They use their skin tone to classify ethnicity, which is not necessarily right.

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From these usages of this hashtag on twitter I see that many people take this seriously, but a few joke around about it. Some people in society are ignorant to the true meanings of both the words race and ethnicity.