The bumper sticker is one of the most ubiquitous and pithy forms of political expression. For the 2006 midterm elections we asked you to create an original bumper sticker on the subject of voting. Your submissions blew us away. So we’re bringing Project 001 back for the 2008 presidential election. You’re invited to get involved. Guidelines and submissions below.
We’ve updated the original Project 001 text below, and we’ll add new submissions to those from the Project’s original 2006 run.
To get people to vote (or at least think about it)
Create a bumper sticker
3 x 9 inches, full color
The word “vote” must appear on your bumper sticker. As long as that word is included, everything else is up to you.
Please email your art in JPEG, PDF, or Adobe Illustrator format to email@example.com, with the subject heading: ‘PROJECT No. 1.’ Make sure to include your name as you would like it to appear in the credits. We will feature submissions here until Election Day 2008.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
This is the first in a series of what we call GOOD Projects, in which we challenge GOOD readers to come up with an idea and share it with the world.
There’s a grand tradition of posters being created and posted in the streets to support political causes, movements, and candidates. Unfortunately, with everyone hanging out at the mall or watching TV these days, there aren’t a lot of opportunities left to communicate through posters in the public square (except for advertising, but that’s a whole other thing.
But there’s another tradition of free expression that is still alive: the humble bumper sticker. From my child is an honor student to support our troops, Americans have been using their cars to get messages out for a long time. And if you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, you’ve had time to contemplate quite a few messages being broadcast from the suv in front of you.
This project is simple: a bumper sticker. The message is simpler: vote. Actually, you can take some liberties with the message (as designer James Victore has done, above), as long as you include the word “vote.” Just to keep things fair, we’ve set a rule on how big the sticker should be: 3 by 9 inches.
Use whatever tools you want to make your artwork. Contributions will be viewable on-and downloadable from-this page, so anyone can print out a sticker to put on his or her car. If everything works out, somebody will see that sticker and think twice about voting the next time the midterm elections roll around.
We’ll post submissions until November 4, 2008.