Poster powered: 19 artists against COVID-19 for NHS Charities Together
Paper manufacturer Fedrigoni and Alvaro Lopez, a London-based Spanish graphic designer, continue their joint campaign for NHS against the coronavirus pandemic with 19 Artists versus COVID-19.
The collaborative project features 19 posters created by 19 acclaimed graphic design artists as an act of support in the fight against COVID-19.
The limited-edition collection showcases poster art based around the current global pandemic, using the message STAY HOME.
The project features an international collective, including Alan Kitching, Pablo Amargo, Noma Bar, Sarah Boris, Michael Curia, Nick Cook, Piero Di Biase, Mario Eskenazi, Vince Frost, Götz Gramlich, Michael Gibb, Henrik Kubel, Nina Jua Klein, Álvaro López, Rob Lowe, Morag Myerscough, Shweta Malhotra, Alejandro Paul, and Matt Willey.
Each creative was asked to design an A1 poster based around the current global pandemic, interpreting the message ‘Stay Home’ and social distancing.
This universal slogan has been an important message during these unprecedented times, and has been vital at slowing down the rate of infections across the world.
Álvaro López, who issued the brief, says “Every day I hear the news and I’m in awe of the bravery and dedication of key workers. I was at home, in furlough, and I felt the need to somehow help. I believe being at home can give you a different perspective on how to think and it can be genuinely inspiring. Tough times are always a source of creativeness, it’s in our human nature.”
The posters were printed one sided lithographically on a Heidelberg Speedmaster by PUSH London and are a limited-edition of 75 copies per design with each poster was embossed with the Fedrigoni shield and hand numbered.
“Although the message was constant, the design results were varied” notes Fedrigoni.
“Many were typographical in particular Alan Kitching, Morag Myerscough, Nick Cook, Piero Di Biase, Vince Frost, Alejandro Paul, Michael Gibb and Mario Eskenazi. A few were influenced by medicine and the charity the project supports, such as Álvaro López, Götz Gramlich, Shweta Malhotra, and Noma Bar.”
“Others were architecturally themed and inspired by the artists’ homes, like Sarah Boris, Pablo Amargo, Michael Curia, Nina Jua Klein, Henrik Kubel, Matt Willey and Rob Lowe. Each poster is unique and they convey the range of emotions that come with this situation, from the loneliness of self-isolating, the frustration of social distancing, the security of our homes, the struggle of daily routines, but also showing an appreciation for keyworkers, a positive outlook on our future and the hope of overcoming this pandemic.”
“Most of all, it shows how we come together as a community.”
As noted the first edition of each poster will be sold by auction at a later date. Once the lockdown is lifted and offices reopen, all 19 posters will also be exhibited in the Fedrigoni London Studio in Clerkenwell.
Although the works by Rob Lowe aka Supermundane, Matt Willey and Morag Myerscough are already sold out there are plenty of posters to choose from.
The posters are being sold online at 19vs19.co.uk with all profits going directly to NHS Charities Together.
Buy one here.