Movement Posters—Moving Posters

Movement poster

This event is open to all GW and Corcoran students, with a few spaces open for non-GW students! To attend as a non-GW student, we ask for a suggested $5 donation to the Corcoran's Graphic Design program via (please put "Graphic Design" as the comment). Thank you and see you soon!


After you RSVP, you'll be sent the links to attend.


What is this?

A workshop where students will learn about a social movement and design a poster expressing how “creativity is power” in shaping collective action through narratives (and counternarratives). Our workshop will allow students to explore animation techniques in their posters, resulting in a poster design that is a looping animation.


Who will teach it?

  • Ricky Altizer, Senior Visual Designer at Purpose
  • Elena Scott, Senior Visual Designer at Purpose
  • James Surdam, Visual Editor at the New York Times



  • Session 1: Wednesday April 7, 7 - 8:30 PM ET
  • Session 2: Wednesday April 14, 7 - 8:30 PM ET
  • Session 3: Wednesday April 21, 7 - 8:30 PM ET


What are the learning objectives?

  • Identify a historical and/or contemporary social movement that interests them.
  • Research the movement of their choice individually.
  • Define an audience they want to reach.
  • Design a poster to support (or counteract) a specific movement narrative.
  • Discuss how they got from their research to their concept.
  • Plan a looping animation of their poster.


How will it be run?

Week 1 (Session 1: Wednesday Evening April 7, 7 - 8:30 PM ET)

  • Introduce Ricky, Elena, and James introduce themselves
  • Discuss what makes a compelling poster, how posters reflect social movements
  • Define Movement, Narratives and Counternarratives, Audience
  • Assign research guidelines and design prompt
  • Participation activity (Eg, discussion on two posters, demo simple poster design via screen share)
  • Preview animation segment next week

Week 2 (Session 2: Wednesday April 14, 7 - 8:30 PM ET)

  • Students present their progress (in a shared Google Slides presentation)
  • Ricky, James, and Elena facilitate breakout groups for group critiques
  • Discuss how poster design has changed in digital age with animation
  • Animation tutorial

Week 3 (Session 3: Wednesday April 21, 7 - 8:30 PM ET)

  • Students present final posters and discuss what they learned

Final (by May 5, 2021)

  • Pieces are included in a web gallery for the NEXT exhibition (launching May 10, 2021)
  • Student posters are featured on GW Corcoran digital channels
  • A selection of final posters are printed and sent/handed to students


What will students walk away with?

  • Deeper knowledge about a social movement
  • A moving poster for their portfolio / body of work


Assignment details:

  • Dimensions: TBD
  • Printing Method: TBD