The personal is political: Brexit + Design Museum

The personal is political.

The political is power.

Design is always personal and political, thus giving it power.

– a message being played on repeat at the Design Museum.

Today started off with a lecture about Brexit from an expert in International Relations, Howard Patten.

Patten prides himself on predicting both the Brexit vote and Trump election win, which he both supports and equates with one another. He also likes to speak for the entirety of the UK and America in saying that we are all coming around to the idea of both political events.

It was interesting, to say the least, to hear from someone who is a very hard right-wing Brexiter. We haven’t really had the chance to hear from someone of his viewpoint, so journalistically, it was quite a conversation.

Journalism is all about remaining impartial and unbiased, and I think if I were to write a story about Brexit, I would want to interview Patten.

With politics comes resistance. Our next visit was to the Design Museum to look at political propaganda and have a discussion about The Londonist from contributing writer Takisha Kahn.

Kahn primarily reports on museums to visit in London and what exhibitions to see. He has worked with The Londonist from the very beginning, and I loved hearing about his journey into journalism.

The Design Museum really made me think about the way I use media. I love social media because it’s a great way to enact change, but I struggle with finding a way to cohesively do this. I’ve shared my experiences on some of these #movements, such as MeToo, but I think design and social media is larger than all of us. I plan on visiting the Design Museum again to continue pondering about the intersection of media and social change.

Power. Design. Politics. All showcased in one image.

I was apart of this on Twitter! I also wrote a blog post, but it’s since been privated. I do think that sharing your voice is important, but I’m still trying to find the right words.

This is such a powerful, widely recognizable design. Probably the most memorable item from the election season.

This showcases how design is used as a political tool.

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