Since the election I've struggled with the question of how to exist and create in a new reality. This post-truth America, with it’s casual misogyny and nationalist fervor, is not the one my parents dreamed of when they first came to this country.
I’ve been looking for a way to join the chorus of my fellow Americans exercising their first amendment right to resist the dangerous direction this administration is taking us.
At the Women’s March in Seattle I was drawn to all of the creative protest signs. As a graphic designer I love this simple, direct way of communication. I kept thinking of cool sign ideas…but how to share them with the world?
I wanted to use what I do best (making cool things) to voice opposition while also providing levity in these dark times: humor as protest.
Then, a post from the always awesome Wulfenstraus on Instagram: rubber monsters with protest signs!
Toys Against Trump was born.
As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’ve always loved toys. I’m an idiosyncratic collector…I don’t collect a certain toyline or era, as many collectors do. Instead I’m drawn in by visual aesthetic and engineering. Therefore my collection is a smorgasbord of independently-made figures and classic franchises.
For the most part, the words used on the signs have been chosen for their ubiquity throughout the extended election cycle. The idea was to re-purpose these slogans to address the utter hypocrisy and skullduggery going on in the White House right now.
I’m working on making print-ready versions of the signs, so you can start your own toy protests (I’ll have full-sized versions too)! I hope that in some small way Toys Against Trump helps in your resistance, even if it’s just a momentary break from reality.
See more toys on Instagram.
View my design work here.
And really we should all donate to the ACLU.
Thanks and happy fighting!