Deva Pardue


For All Womankind by: Deva Pardue

Originally from Ireland, graphic designer Deva Pardue relocated to New York to earn her degree at the School of Visual Arts. Deva works as the Design Director at a company called The Wing. The Wing creates a community for empowering women. In 2016 Deva Pardue became the founder of an association called For All Womankind where she designs and photographs inspiring creations for female empowerment.

Devas posters feature positive and uplifting images and messages to help empower females todays society. Devas creations are available for sale online with the proceeds going towards the Center of Reproductive Rights as well as an organization called Emily’s List. These two organizations build towards an advance in women’s freedom with her own body and the progression of having women elected in office.

Deva Pardue’s website:

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Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas was born in 1943, in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his mother who was legally blind. But when he moved to San Francisco Bay area his life turned around. In college, he studied commercial art and took graphic design classes and print making classes at San Francisco City College. Later on, in his life, he became known for all of his art pieces in the newspaper called The Black Panther.

Emory Douglas worked in the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1980 and was also the minister of Culture. His images represented the African American struggles during the 60’s and the 70’s. Through this party, he became one of the revolutionary artists for his bold actions of art.

Eventually, Douglas was feared by the government by all his political statements in his art works. It was his ability to provoke the people which scared them the most. He made so many visuals for the people to recognize what is really happening in the world.


This piece was made in the first newspaper in 1970 for the Black Panther Party. It is called “All Power to the People”.

Here are some more links about him and his art: 

Graphics for Change- Luba Lukova

There are many graphic designers in the world, but some use their power to create powerful messages about today’s world and the dark sides of society.  Luba Lukova is a New York based artist who focuses on minimalist designs of injustice in society.  Her designs are usually very simple, but extremely effective in creating a strong message to be passed along.  I think it is interesting how compelling her designs are, especially because she only uses a minimal amount of colors and strong use of lines.  Since her works are simple, it is easy for one to digest the concept of the image.

The poster I have selected is a unique take on the “peace” symbol, a white dove.  Within this bird, there are many symbols of war and terror- guns, nukes, canons, war jets, and even figures of people holding guns.  This is very ironic because obviously peacefulness does not equal to war.  The ironic, yet effective take on this concept is very powerful on spreading the message that we are not achieving peace in the world by fighting.


Graphics for change: Steff Geissbuhler

Steff Geissbuhler is known as one of the most important graphic designers and illustrators in history. He was born in 1942 in Zofingen, Switzerland, but he had moved to Basel when he was only eight years old. From a young age, he had known he wanted to be a designer, and he spent years training under Emil Ruder, Donald Brun and Armin Hofmann.

He created and executed major branding and design programs for corporations like Time Warner Cable, NBC, Voice of America, Toledo Museum of Art, and many others. He had spent nearly three decades at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc., this is where he created dozens of memorable and creative posters as the firm’s partner. He had also co-founded C&G Partners. This he had done with long-time partners Keith Helmetag, Emanuela Frigerio and Jonathan Alger.


The image above is representing the USA and the USSR,  as King kong and Godzilla. The poster was made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It is supposed to represent peace between the two nations. This poster was made in 1985.

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Graphics For Change: Lanny Sommese

Lanny Sommese- Amnesty International 1988

Lanny Sommese: Amnesty International 1988

Lanny Sommese’s work above is titled “Amnesty International.” Lanny attended to the University Of Illinois, receiving his bachelors in Florida.  Sommese is a known partner of Penn States Institute for Arts and Humanities.  He is also a member of The University and College Designers Association, and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He is well known for his graphic design pieces.

In the poster above, involving human rights, Sommese is portraying a linked wire fence as hands reaching out, trying to hold together as a union.  He wanted his audience to receive the message that even through the hard times, people should keep hope. Reaching and latching onto each other, trying to stay together and stand their ground.

Kate DeCiccio: Achieving Our Full Selves


Kate DeCiccio is an american graphic designer based in DC. Her portfolio features a wide range of posters, murals and advocacy work. The goal of all of her projects is to build community and one of her passions is bringing art education to those without access to it. Traveling to prisons and juvenile detention centers to help people discover their creativity.

Her designs feature strong colors and portraits of real people affected by issues she’s representing. DeCiccio’s work transforms spaces, gives voice to those without one, and attracts the viewer with a personal message in each piece.

“Achieving Our Full Selves” is a poster done by DeCiccio was chosen to represent the 2017 Women’s March.


J. Howard Miller

J. Howard Miller created the iconic “We Can Do It!” American war propaganda poster in 1943. Interestingly enough, it was actually seen very little during WWII, and was intended to boost worker morale for Westingtonhouse Electric Internal War Production Coordinating Committee. It wasn’t until the early 1980’s that it was rediscovered and repurposed. It became widely reproduced in many forms, often renamed “Rosie the Riveter” after the iconic figure of a strong female war production worker. The “We Can Do It!” poster has now became an image used to promote feminism and other political issues beginning in the 80’s.

Miller was an American graphic artist who lived in Pittsburg during WWII. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburg in 1939. Most of his propaganda posters and other artwork depicte the lives of the women behind the war effort.

You may recognize some of his other artwork from your history classes! /j-howard-miller-1918-2004/