Since 2016. graphic designer Lexi Visco and Lena Wolff have collaborated on 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’ has been adapted and printed for 10 regional Bay Area cities and New Zealand. These posters are still visible in storefront windows and people’s homes today.
In 2018, Visco and Wolff paired up again to generate a series of posters in English and Spanish to encourage greater voter engagement and participation ahead of the November midterm elections. 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.