On Tuesday 3rd October I attended the 'Creative Politics' event held by the Young Creative Council and hosted by Edelman PR. The event comprised of various speakers from the world of advertising, design and political strategy who came to give an insight into the world of politics. It’s been a particularly heated time for politics in the UK and abroad, so it felt particularly relevant to take a look at the work that has emerged from this time of rapid change and uncertainty.
I found the speakers incredibly insightful particularly from the perspective of ethics and personal morals when it comes to these major issues in society. As a freelance illustrator for example, Rebecca Strickson created a series of prints based on the aesthetics and spirit of traditional union banners to share her beliefs on political issues during the 2017 general election. Stylistic and practical choices, such as creating the illustrations in a square format, were made to make the work as 'sharable' as possible on social media. In part, her position as a freelancer made it possible for her to explicitly express her personal political views in a very public way through her work. Perhaps this is quite a privileged position to be in, since doing so could limit the clients and creatives a designer may work with in the future. For some designers, it may be inappropriate to be so vocal on such decisive issues and could even be detrimental to their future work prospects. As a freelancer and somebody with an established career, this risk is possibly reduced, nonetheless I felt Strickson was bold to be so public on her views on controversial topics. Other speakers at the event such as Nicki Field spoke of how we as creatives can make a difference in the major political issues without outwardly supporting any political party or viewpoint in particular. Her own questioning of what she could do outside of her commercial work to make a difference led to the 'Turn Up' campaign, which invited artists from all backgrounds to encourage young people to vote. As a designer, it can be an internal battle when deciding where ones own personal morals fit into commercial work,