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Inspired by the Russian Constructivism movement over 100 years ago, this piece pays homage to the parallels that exist in 2020 and that we are still grappling with in our society. The Russian Revolution of the 1920s brought a philosophy and design movement that was aimed to reflect modern industrial society and urban spaces that favored art, design, and architecture for practical and social purposes. The movement’s design was based on construction from products of society or what was in the studio, home, or office. The modern-day feeling of unrest and contempt for not having enough resources to survive living in the United States, a “first-world country,” during a pandemic sparked social and political revolutions across the nation. For this composition, I drew inspiration from El Lissitzky’s Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, a 1920 Soviet propaganda poster.

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Digital Humanities | Graphic Design | Illustration


This poster was the final project in the spring 2020 semester of Graphic Design I (VAD 411), taught by Misty Thomas-Trout, assistant professor of art and design. Following the transition to all-remote learning on March 23, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in the class drew from data, health information, news coverage, personal reflections and other sources to create this work.

Copyright © 2020 by the author

Final Project: Emily Cordonnier



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