Derby #121: Propaganda for Everyday Life

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The Berlin Wall fell almost exactly 20 years ago. The whole Soviet Bloc was soon to follow. While they weren't too good at running a society, the Soviets knew how to make a striking propaganda poster. We think it's time to apply that effective visual style to the everyday problems of human interaction, the unwritten rules that help us all get along. Don't change the radio station in someone else's car. Don't go snooping in your friends' medicine cabinets. Always say nice things about a new parent's choice of baby name, whether you mean it or not. You know, the sort of thing that's always getting Larry David in trouble.

This week, create a t-shirt exhorting people to follow one or more of these rules, in a recognizably propagandistic style. The classic Russian style can be seen here, here, here, and here. But don't forget the Cubans and the Chinese. And keep in mind that we Americans used to be pretty good at this sort of thing, too.

Text is allowed as part of a graphic-oriented design. This is looser than our "incidental text" rule, but we still don't want all-slogan shirts.

No world leaders or other recognizable figures. Sorry, but otherwise we'll get hundreds of "When you double-dip, you party with Hitler"-type designs.

No video-game references.

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