I'm from Ghana. But with some of my family, friends and loved ones living in America, I was moved to create a poster to react to the state of the United States in 2020.
Watching the horrible killings of Black people like Jacob Blake, who was shot 7 times at point blank range - exactly one month after George Floyd was left breathless under the knee of a police officer - and with COVID-19 affecting a large proportion of people of color, one thing became clear to me: America is the unsafest place for Black people to live.
Through design, I exposed this truth lying within the letters that spell out: United States of America. Typography amplifies the tone and power of the message through Martin: a typeface inspired by lettering used on placards and posters during a Memphis sanitation strike, organized by Black people protesting against unsafe working conditions in the 1960s. Martin was designed by VOCAL Type Co.
The poster was shared widely on social media in Africa, where several conversations about systemic racism and racial injustice were had online between Black people living in Africa, and in the diaspora.