Week 5 B -Graphics, Typography & Package Design

Week Ten Graphics, Typography & Package Design

8. War Posters

8.8. Hitler and Beaver Poster, Ottawa, c. 1940

The Establish of Government Poster Design and Production

"When World War II broke out it took some time to get into the act of mounting a poster campaign to apprise the poblic of the urgency of the wartime situation. Finally, the Department of Public Information (later named the Wartime Information Board) was established by the Ministry of War Services., and commercial and "fine" artists were enlisted to create powerful images that would inspire, exhort and inform. But it was not until 1942 when Harry Mayerovitch ( "Mayo") took over the design department for the National Film Board that a consistent programme of poster production got underway. Another wartime posterist, Charles Fainmel , complaned in 1947 that the Canadian government had not maintained the momentum gained during the war years to educate the public and to broadcast vistal message of peace and reconstruction through a nationwide poster campaigne. Henry Everleigh demonstrated what could be achieved in the category of "social" posters when he designed an inpirtational photo-montage which won him the first United National poster contest in 1947.