Upon first receiving this assignment I felt out of my depth. The prompt was to pick an amendment and make a poster that stood for something. But I wasn’t American. I didn’t grow up in America. But then I realized that from the perspective of a kid like me who grew up in Singapore, where media is actively policed by the government and minorities are silenced, an American’s right to freedom of speech is an incredible blessing.
So I went down the Google rabbit hole. Eventually the connection between Kaepernick and Martin Luther King Jr. became clear, and this poster was the result.
What do I stand for
as a foreigner in America?
Print, 16 x 22 “
4 weeks, Fall 2017
This poster was a response to the Take-a-Knee anti-discrimination protests of 2017 by players in the NFL.
The design was intended to remind the American public that the focus should not be on the ‘how’ of the protests, but the ‘why’ instead.
Colin Kaepernick’s words are juxtaposed with those of Martin Luther King Jr. to emphasize that meaningful progress requires struggle and conflict. Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Take-a-Knee protests were a necessary and important reminder that systematic discrimination is a dire problem our society still needs to address.
Featured in the 39th Annual of the Type Directors Club, a publication that presents the winning designs for the Type Directors Club’s two respected annual competitions: the 64th annual communications design competition (TDC64) and the 21st TDC Typeface Design Competition.
Also exhibited at The Cooper Union in New York City and 16 other
countries around the world.