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October 21, 2010 2:16 PM   Subscribe

Where can we find awesome posters & prints that are dedicated to public health and social justice themes?

I work for a small non-profit organization that focuses on access to healthcare in underserved communities. We have recently had new carpet installed and the walls of our office have been painted white. We want to bring some color and life to these walls. Thanks!
posted by thewrongparty to Shopping (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
If you're not opposed to doing your own design and printing, take a look at the Public Health Image Library hosted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The images are print quality and available free of charge.
posted by halogen at 2:22 PM on October 21, 2010

If you are looking for a dose of humor, take a look at the National Library of Medicine online exhibit of vintage public health posters (e.g.). Many of them are available for purchase from various sources.
posted by halogen at 2:28 PM on October 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

There are some good ones here from a cooperative in Pennsylvania.
posted by lukemeister at 2:32 PM on October 21, 2010

Try Zazzle. Their vintage posters are particularly awesome.
posted by monkey.pie.baker at 2:37 PM on October 21, 2010

Archie McPhee has some wonderful Indian posters along these themes, including my favorite: Ideal Boy. Since they're coming from Archie McPhee they're meant to be taken as kitschy or cheeky (and they kind of are, with their bright colors and straightforward manner), but I still think that they brighten things up and can match nicely with more sedate or serious ones around them. Plus it's nice to have non-white people :)

Northern Sun has always been a favorite of mine, too, particularly this one :)
posted by Madamina at 2:46 PM on October 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

We had this one in the bathroom of my office when I worked in Jakarta. It's certainly colorful enough and I never got tired of the smiling clean-hands crowd in the bottom right. I'm not sure if you can buy it anywhere, but that JPG is big enough to print out.
posted by theodolite at 2:50 PM on October 21, 2010

Beehive Collective
posted by HuronBob at 3:13 PM on October 21, 2010

They're not particularly health-related, but I'm a huge fan of the "Your Life is Your Life" and "gender" posters from Crimethinc.
posted by WidgetAlley at 3:53 PM on October 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

The University of Minnesota has a great archive.
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 4:04 PM on October 21, 2010

Immunization: a chance or every child and Immunize and protect your child are two a nice colorful ones from the national library of medicine collection - they also have both in Spanish.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:08 PM on October 21, 2010

Try JustSeeds! They're a collective of artists making beautiful posters centered on social justice. I love their "Celebrate People's History" series -- inspiring and educational.
posted by pinetree at 5:47 PM on October 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


JustSeeds is the same group I linked to. I should have been clearer.
posted by lukemeister at 7:55 PM on October 21, 2010

For social justice themes, you might check out Donnelly Colt - they're a family-run mail order business that have been printing and mailing this kind of stuff for several decades now.
posted by josyphine at 5:43 AM on October 22, 2010

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