Artur Beifuss is a (counter-terrorism-) analyst and co-author of Branding Terror, in which he investigates the visual identities of terrorist organizations. Beifuss shows which sophisticated means terrorist organisations are using to spread their messages. He sees a role for designers, advertising creatives, and branding consultants in combating the ideology of terrorism by ‘normalising’ it.
The upcoming publication The Politics of Design by designer Ruben Pater is not about propaganda or the design of political parties. Rather, it acknowledges the fact that all design is political. Using provocative visual examples, accompanied by ideas from anthropology, social sciences, psychology, communication science, and cultural studies, Pater explores how visual communication is always intertwined with politics. By doing so, urging graphic designers to be become aware of their role and responsibilities.
Moderation: Saskia van Stein
Date: May 12, 20:00 – 22:00