Like many people, I was shocked and saddened by the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. I did my small part by donated a few bucks to a good organization. But in situations of this magnitude, it never seems like enough.Luckily, designers are a generous bunch and the same folks that did the The Hurricane Poster Project when Katrina struck also started The Haiti Poster Project. The premise is simple: artists create limited edition posters signed and numbered and the posters will be sold online to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Their goal: $1,000,000. I know they can do it.
I was a bit hesitant to participate as the artists do have to pay for the printing and shipping of the posters. However, it's the least I could do to help. My poster concept is simple and stark: I used the flag of Haiti as my base colors and layout to represent the country. The crackled texture obviously represents the earthquake. I added in “Haiti” to the text in black to reflect the darkness of that January 12 when the earthquake hit with the plea to “Help” overlaid in white (peace, hospital).
After my poster had been posted on the Haiti Poster Project website for a few weeks, I got an email from the organizer of the project. It seems that The World Bank wanted to take a selection of the Haiti posters to their annual conference. They selected mine as one of their top picks. The organizer asked if it was okay to send my poster along, so of course I said "Yes!". After the conference, the organizer sent me a photo, and my poster had placement right next to the registration desk. I was blown away, what an honor!
Poster done to help the folks in Haiti. All prints that were sold earned money for Doctors without borders.