Artists and designers all around the world have grabbed their pens, pencils, and digital styluses to create informative illustrations and images of support to help distribute advice on slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
As the virus continues to spread, creatives have been using their online platforms and social media, as well as being commissioned to create posters for local government campaigns, such as these in Los Angeles County, by the same designers who created the famous ‘Hope’ posters for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Many of the posters urge people to make the necessary changes in their lives to minimise catching or spreading the disease. They have been filling the posters and images with information on social distancing, hand washing, minimising contact with others, wearing a face mask, and self-isolating if you should develop symptoms of COVID-19.
Graphic designers and illustrators have been creating powerful images and animations to try and spread the message, including visual representations of symptoms and comic representations of self-quarantine.
“The best advice I read about #corona today was about changing our mindset: instead of trying not to get infected, we should assume we ARE infected and do everything so we don’t transmit it to somebody else,” wrote graphic designer Christoph Niemann, known for his work designing covers for New Yorker magazine, in an Instagram post.
Design studio Bompas & Parr, in partnership with the British Red Cross had run a design competition, Fountain of Hygiene, that called on designers to rethink hand sanitisers amid the pandemic. The competition has now closed, but the shortlisted entrants can be seen here.
Through the creation of powerful and telegenic images, designers have been able to convey the sense of owning responsibility during the crisis in ways that grab the public’s attention much more than simple text information.
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