The exhibition at Wellcome Collection brings together over 200 objects from public and private collections worldwide to examine the often subliminal nature of graphic design in shaping our environment, health and sense of self.
It also explores the role of graphic design in the frontline response to epidemics. From a 17th-century plague warning to a handpainted mural depicting the symptoms of Ebola, graphics provide an immediate and important way to convey information as medical crises unfold.
Other exhibition highlights
The Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal emblems, some of the world’s most recognisable, powerful and highly protected symbols. Rarely displayed together, they are used to depict neutrality and provide safety in conflict zones.
Items from the Wellcome archive showing the rigorously enforced trademarks and brand used by Burroughs Wellcome & Co, some of the earliest examples of corporate identity in the pharmaceutical industry.
The original tombstone prop and national leaflet used in the controversial 1980's government campaign, AIDS: Don’t Die of Ignorance.
A bold poster and colouring book designed by Dutch illustrator Dick Bruna, best known for famous children’s character Miffy. Alongside examples of colourful children’s wards, the exhibits show how graphics can be used to transform the hospital experience.