BBCX365 by Johnny Selman


BBCX365 by johnny Selman

Johnny Selman of San Francisco is designing a poster a day for 365 days based on a headline taken from the BBC News website.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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Selman wants to elevate the American public's awareness of global events by presenting world news from a credible source in a more visually engaging way.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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The project is a response to the rise of so-called 'soft news' - entertainment-focused news programs and reporting often lacking in content - and domestic news programming, which are said to contribute towards American's lack of knowledge about curent affairs.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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The series can be followed on the BBCX365 website.

Here are the details from Selman:

The Project

In 2008 the internet overtook all other outlets for international and national news aside from television. Forty percent of Americans got their news online in 2008, up from twenty-seven percent the previous year. It can be estimated that currently over 50% of Americans use the internet as their main source of news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (fifty-nine percent) say they get most of their national and international news online (Pew). With the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the continued trajectory of Americans getting their news online; this project will predominantly be based online.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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I will light a fire that spreads beyond your fences and into your house. I will set ablaze your dormant minds. I will turn your preconceptions to smoldering ash. I am the arsonist that will wake you the fuck up.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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I will do this by creating a more visually interesting vehicle for the news, use a credible news source (BBC), and promote, market, and network. I will design a poster a day for 365 days in reaction to a headline on the BBC news website and update my website -  - everyday with the poster and the accompanying news story.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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The Purpose

The purpose of this project is to promote the awareness of global current events with the American public. ”American citizens know little about current events in general and even less about overseas events” according to The Washington Post in 2006. The article further explains that the reasons for the “unwillingness of American citizens to live up to their civic responsibilities” are due to the supply and content of our news.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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In the article titled “Mind the Gap,” an explanation is given as such: “Driven by market pressures, news organizations across the globe are turning to more entertainment-centered forms of reporting, making it more difficult for lazy citizens to encounter substantive political information as a matter of course. An important consequence of the shift to “soft news” has been the scaling back of international bureaus and staff.”

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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Heavily “domesticated” news programming creates fewer opportunities for people to learn about overseas events. Even at the height of the Cold War, when international issues were front-page news, the American public displayed only superficial awareness of overseas events and foreign policy. In the post-Cold War era, despite massive increases in education and access to information, Americans continued to lag behind citizens of other industrialized democracies on measures of international affairs information.

BBCX365 by johnny Selman

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In 1994, for example, an eight nation survey found that citizens of Mexico, Spain, Italy, Canada, Germany, Britain and France were more able than Americans to provide correct answers to a series of questions tapping foreign affairs. Whereas thirty-seven percent of the American sample was unable to answer a single question, the comparable level of ignorance (averaged) for Italy,France, Britain, Germany and Canada was 19% (Iyengar).

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Posted on Wednesday October 6th 2010 at 12:32 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Andy

    I like the project, and I like the images, although I think Johnny Selmans maybe just a bit too confident in what he will be able to achieve. Sadly I think the fact they are on Dezeen in the first place is the reason they won't work, l think they will only really appeal to those who only read design blogs, nevermind the news. Not everybody takes an active interest in design, and therefore not everyone is visually literate, the cryptic / minimal style although intriguing for people who care, many won't understand or be bothered to understand. Hope I'm wrong though.

    • MAtthew

      people like you Andy make the world a very boring place.

      • Andy

        'Selman wants to elevate the American public’s awareness of global events by presenting world news from a credible source in a more visually engaging way'

        You shouldn't make statement like that unless you mean it. Design is all about intent. Everything is possible, but critical analysis is important. Either you a perpetual optimist or a bad designer.

  • jack

    The guy is clearly not aiming his posters at the masses, if he was it would have too much copy, dumbed down graphics and a fruit salad of horrendous logos at the bottom.
    I think they are 'cool' and like his style – I don't really see the point of the exercise but, who cares, the blokes having fun.
    Maybe he's just tired of hearing his clients say 'Make the logo bigger', 'Don't you think it would look better like this?'
    And yes, I am a graphic designer who hears that sh*t all the time.