Does Campaign Design Matter?
October 3, 2018. Resource. Washington, DC
Political branding and design occupies a small corner of the creative world, only entering the popular consciousness once every four years (if at all). Despite its low profile, this work has the potential to influence the direction of our cities, states, and nations.
On the eve of the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections, Post Typography brought together a group of politically-minded designers from the left and right to discuss the state of branding for political campaigns.
This rare, behind-the-scenes conversation considers the complex craft of expressing a candidate’s visual voice. We discuss why most candidates logos look the same, how risk-taking and ceding control can help campaigns connect with voters, and why design matters.
Listen to audio recordings of the discussion
Part 1: Panelist Slideshows
Part 2: Panel Discussion Slideshow
About the Panelists
Ben Ostrower is an entrepreneur and creative director with over 20-years of experience in digital media and communications. Prior to founding Wide Eye in 2009, Ben was a producer of award-winning PBS documentaries and was a professional photographer. As Wide Eye’s Founder and Creative Director, Ben works with clients to create memorable brands and visually tell clients’ stories online. Wide Eye has built a roster of hundreds of clients around the U.S. and abroad, including the Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-Choice, Common Cause, World Wildlife Fund, the ONE campaign, the Democratic Party and dozens of state-wide campaigns, Georgetown University, and AirBnb to name just a few. Ben has been interviewed as a branding expert by CNN, Fast Company, the National Journal, and RollCall.
Anjelica Triola is a creative director and brand strategist who has built campaigns and experiences for companies like Adidas, Pepsi, and LVMH. In late 2016, she pivoted to politics to apply her understanding of design and culture to the crisis of low voter participation. Anjelica is co-founder of the Creative Caucus which connects talented content creators with progressive candidates and leaders.
Erik Wooten is the Creative Director for the Stoneridge Group, a full-service agency in Atlanta offering print, digital, and brand/identity design for GOP candidates and conservative causes throughout the country. During his time at SRG, Erik has worked on hundreds of political branding projects, ranging everywhere from local mayoral races to national awareness campaigns. His work includes projects for Heritage Action for America and Americans for Prosperity, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Thom Tillis, Governors Nathan Deal and Nikki Haley, and the Georgia Republican Party.
Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen are co-founders of Post Typography, a Baltimore- and NYC-based creative studio making ambitious work in branding, print, digital, and built environments for clients that include the U.S. Forest Service, New York Times, Time Magazine, Random House, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Strals and Willen have collaborated on design, music, art, teaching, and writing projects for more than a decade, and have lectured at the Cooper Union, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Harvard, among many others. They have written about campaign design for the Washington Post and are authors of Lettering & Type, a book on custom lettering and typeface design from Princeton Architectural Press.