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Retro WPA Inspired Poster Art for GOOD

Tuesday 03.20.2012 , Posted by
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Do you ever see artwork in a magazine and think about how much fun it was for the artist to create? This is how I felt when I saw the WPA poster art inspired illustrations by Dan Cassaro for GOOD magazine. Each of these full page illustrations were for the latest issue of the magazine and meant to act as public announcements for our modern times. Just as the WPA posters of the past where witty, bold and colorful, Dan’s work is right on par. GOOD explains the project:

“In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration put millions of Americans to work. In addition to employing laborers for infrastructure and agriculture, the government funded the production of bold graphic posters to communicate with the public and provide artists with a much-needed source of income. We took a cue from FDR and asked artist Dan Cassaro to illustrate a series of posters in the spirit of their WPA predecessors, but updated for the modern era.”

It is always great to see tributes like these executed so well.

See Also In the Height of the Depression: Vanity Fair Magazine

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Brad Woodard

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I am a graphic designer and illustrator who never seems to have enough hours in the day. When I am not designing something, it would be safe to assume I am either reading or writing about it. All of my work is made possible by cereal and Johnny Cash songs. See evidence of many sleepless nights in my portfolio at www.bradwoodarddesign.com.

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