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Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

Public engagement with politics has changed dramatically since 2008. Discover how graphic design and technology have played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.


What to expect

Graphic design in the form of internet memes, posters and protest placards is being used by the marginalised and powerful alike to shape political messages like never before.

From the global financial crash and the Arab Spring, to ISIS, Brexit and Trump, this exhibition explores the numerous ways graphic messages have challenged, altered and influenced key political moments.

Journey through Occupy Wall Street, Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution and the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Have your fortune told by the All-Seeing Trump. Explore over 160 objects and installations, and uncover the real-time social media conversation around political leaders, through dynamic displays created in partnership with leading social listening platform, Pulsar.

‘One of the best exhibitions of the year so far’ Londonist ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Diverse and provocative’ The Times ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Fascinating’ City AM ★ ★ ★ ★
‘Powerful’ Stylist
‘Placards that fizz with visceral anger’ The Guardian
‘Packed with protest art, posters and reams of memes’ Time Out London

Age guidance 7+

DISCLAIMER: The views displayed in the exhibition are those of the individuals and organisations that created them – some of which may cause offence. The Design Museum does not necessarily agree with such views, nor does it consider them to be necessarily justified, truthful or accurate.

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London-based spoken word artist Deanna Rodger lends her powerful words and voice to Hope to Nope and gives her account of the past decade. Find out more about Deanna in this Q&A.

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Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

Beat the queues, book your tickets in advance.

Tickets £12
Concession, family, learning groups and gift tickets available
Free to members

Combined Exhibitions Ticket

Make the most out of your visit, experience the Hope to Nope exhibition alongside Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier and save up to £5.

Tickets £23
Concession and family tickets available

Women's march, Washington DC,January 2017. Image credit: Chris Wiliams Zoeica

Image credit: Charles Albert Sholl

All-Seeing Trump

Image credit: Scott Wong

Je Suis Charlie, image credit: Paul SKG

Corbyn swoosh, image credit: Bristol Street War


In this collection of interviews, the Design Museum speaks to some of the visual artists featured in the Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 exhibition about their design stories, challenges and aspirations.

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With thanks to

The Design Museum has partnered with audience intelligence firm Pulsar in order to create data visualisations which uncover the impact of social media conversations around global political leaders.

Background image | Image credit: Andy McArthur