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  1. Introduction
  2. Example of uniform graphic design
  3. Alfons Mucha's style of creation
  4. Characteristic of materials from the USSR
  5. Example of subversion: Chinese Nushu
  6. Graphic arts at the time of War
  7. Conclusion

Design following the ascension of socialist regimes adopts a no frills schema. Art must propagate a political leader or laborer. In order to maintain exacting standards, symbolism is thrown out the door, save depictions of swastikas and the like. Progressive movements like Dadaism and Cubism are ridiculed as lower art forms, useless to the hardworking masses. Not just posters, this austerity permeates clothing, food, and architecture. In societies where masses of people are extinguished, it is no surprise that artworks were snuffed out.

[...] Graphic design during hard times Design following the ascension of socialist regimes adopts a no frills schema. Art must propagate a political leader or laborer. In order to maintain exacting standards, symbolism is thrown out the door, save depictions of swastikas and the like. Progressive movements like Dadaism and Cubism are ridiculed as lower art forms, useless to the hardworking masses. Not just posters, this austerity permeates clothing, food, and architecture. In societies where masses of people are extinguished, it is no surprise that artworks were snuffed out. [...]


[...] What Capoeira dancers and spiritual singers do through action, graphic artists do through image. A third example of subversion is the Chinese Nushu. Banned from reading texts, women in southern China devised clever ways to embroider almost indecipherable characters into their silk fans, which they would exchange with each other as a means to fortify sisterhood. One of the last remaining readers of Nushu, Yang Huanyi aged 98 Comments, made our lives better, because we could express ourselves that way.? These characters are a phonetic representation of the Chengguan dialect. [...]

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