Trump Le Monde is an anti-Donald Trump poster campaign for the 2016 US presidential election.
There are four posters and they are each 24 inches high by 18 inches wide and are printed offset litho in 4 spot colors on 24 text weight (60#/88.8gsm) warm white stock.
I see a national campaign getting these images out to as many parts of the country as possible. The more poster I can print, the cheaper they are a piece, so your support will help me pay for the paper, the printing, and packing materials of the first run, after which I hope that orders will pay for subsequent printings. I’m offering an exclusive download, a numbered edition, framed prints and one-of-kind pieces to Kickstarter backers, on top of the regular posters themselves, to thank you for believing in and making this project a reality.
I see this a hybrid high art and street art project. I want to make these beautiful design pieces that people will want to keep, but if I can raise the funds to print enough of them, I can make each poster inexpensive enough that plenty of them will get pasted up in public.
These are really classic political posters in that they are printed in four solid spot colors rather than process CMYK, so they will have that punchy, graphic, propaganda look. I’m printing them offset litho with soy based ink on recycled warm white paper. It’s 24 text stock, so it’s thin enough to wheatpase, but stiff enough to also put on your wall or in a frame. I’m a publication designer and I’ve done hundreds of commerical print projects, so I feel very comfortable getting this done on budget and getting these posters out to you and to the world within three weeks of the project being funded.
Why am I doing this?
I live between New York City and rural New England, where I see Trump support all around me. I don’t think it’s fair to talk about the people who like him as if they’re all morons or misognyists or xenophobes or racists, because that just dismisses a lot of real issues, but it absolutely gives me chills to see him and hear what he says, and to know that people around me see him as the answer to their problems.
For a while, I’ve had this feeling creeping up on me that the Trump movement is very similar to the rise of Fascism in Europe. I don’t think Trump is a Hitler and I don’t think his supporters are Nazis—but I think that Donald Trump and his campaign are feeding on Americans’ worst nature and cynically stoking hatred and aggression as outlets for people’s frustrations.
I think History has already showed us what this leads to.
I don’t think I can change people’s minds just talking about this, so—besides voting—designing images is how I feel I can contribute something to this election.
I wanted to make something to bring home both the reality of Donald Trump and the horrible possibility that he represents. So I really dove into archives of posters from the 1930s to find the imagery and style that would make this statement.
Trump is not Adolph Hitler or some evil mastermind: he’s just a fraud. To me he’s more like Benito Mussolini, a power-hungry, pompous buffoon, who is kind of harmless and kind of amusing until he has millions of followers, and a country and an army behind him.
So I made Trump Mussolini in these posters, and I paired the doctored images with direct quotes of statements he has made.
The title of the project is a play on the Pixies’ Trompe le Monde, meaning “fool the world,” which in turn was a play on "trompe l'oeil" (optical illusion.) Besides the obvious pun on the Trump name, I was inspired by the theme of the charismatic liar and the shallowness of people's public faces. I want to show what’s potentially lurking behind Donald Trump and his candidacy.
Risks and challenges
On a production/logistical level this project is very solid, since I already have a quote for paper and printing good for 30 days and I have worked with the printshop many times before and never missed a deadline.
If all available rewards at all support levels are claimed, I will be spending a lot of time packing and taking tubes to the post office. I have planned for this.
Since the work in this project is politically sensitive and potentially inflammatory, interference or malicious activity is a possibility, but I trust that Kickstarter's community will largely be a supportive and tolerant audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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