A minimalist drawing that overlays the Eiffel Tower with a peace symbol… In the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris last night, visual communication has definitely played a crucial role to help people across the globe visually communicate and show their solidarity for the people of France. Without any doubt, this is how we communicate and socially behave not just as humans, but as a society. It sort of almost feel like people have an instinctive sense of how to express themselves and the use of the various visual forms and tools of communication.
On Saturday night, for example, people from all over the world took to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to change their avatars and/or share a sentiment using the iconic ’Peace for Paris’ illustration by French graphic designer and cartoonist Jean Julien; which it became an extremely popular symbol of peace, support, and optimism.
The illustration has become one of the most iconic images in the past day alone however, some people might feel it is sort of almost embarrassing to be getting this much exposure as a result of such tragic and violent event.
How do you feel about the role of artists in conveying visual creativity and information at times like this? Do you think it is quite opportunistic or communication, or graphic art even during such violent events, should be useful? Share your comments and thoughts with me!