Beginning in 2016. graphic designer Lexi Visco and Lena Wolff sparked a collaboration that generated a series of public posters that have been widely distributed in the Bay Area and across the United States in response to the political climate triggered by the Trump presidency. Initially commissioned by the City of Berkeley, the first poster, ‘Berkeley Stands United Against Hate’ was printed in a run of 20,000, then adapted for other Bay Area cities, including Oakland, Richmond, Albany, Alameda, Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley and more, totaling over 150,000 prints. Two years later, the posters are still visible in storefront windows and people’s homes today.
In 2018, Visco and Wolff paired up again to put out a new collection of posters to encourage greater voter engagement and participation ahead of the November midterm elections in both English and Spanish, reading ‘VOTE! for Democracy’, ‘Your Vote is Your Voice’ and ‘Tu Voto es Tu Voz.’ 20,000 of the posters from the VOTE series were printed and shipped to over 15 states in early fall 2018 including Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Both series of posters were printed at Berkeley’s union printshop Autumn Press and distributed to the public for free through funds raised by crowdsourcing, as well as an artist grant from the City of Berkeley awarded to Wolff in 2018. Visco and Wolff plan to release a second set of VOTE posters for the 2020 election, with the aim of printing and distributing as many as possible to send to every state in the country.