Favorite political candidate signs/logos?
March 28, 2014 8:40 PM   Subscribe

Trying to get inspired here. What are your favorite political candidate signs/logos that you have remembered or noticed? Can you link me or describe them? Democrat/Libertarian/Republican... color scheme doesn't matter here, just looking for a clean, solid "political" feel.
posted by timpanogos to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I remember "I Like Ike".

Which is pretty odd, since I was only 2 years old during that campaign. (I turned 3 a week before the election.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:45 PM on March 28, 2014

I really like the Obama-Kaine-Connolly logo that was prominent here in Virginia in 2012. It's simple, clean, sans serif.
posted by candyland at 9:13 PM on March 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

My father had an Impeach Nixon! lapel pin when I was a kid.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:44 PM on March 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

A candidate for county commissioner in Michigan honestly offered "John Smith - No Worse Than the Rest."
posted by yclipse at 10:06 PM on March 28, 2014

"All the Way With LBJ"
"In Your Heart You Know He's Right" (Goldwater 1964)
"In Your Guts You Know He's Nuts" (The Liberal Response)
Morning in America (Reagan 1984)
Si Se Puede (Cesar Chavez)

And check out the Living Room Candidate to see old political ads.
posted by brookeb at 10:12 PM on March 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Check out former North Carolina Democratic Rep. Nick Galifianakis' campaign buttons.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:23 PM on March 28, 2014 [4 favorites]

The Obama sunburst is an obvious one, but less known are its many demographic variations (scroll down).
posted by Rhaomi at 12:07 AM on March 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Obama Hope picture was rather iconic.
posted by oceanjesse at 12:58 AM on March 29, 2014

Yeah, basically everything out of the Obama campaigns.

The Bush Cheney '04 bumper stickers (blue background, white text, waving flag thing coming off the right side of the text) was also pretty striking.
posted by kavasa at 5:11 AM on March 29, 2014

The Obama campaign materials were stunning. I also really liked the look of the 1996 Dole/Kemp sticker - red white and blue, strong typeface, no year on it so as not to further shame people who leave them on the car...
posted by kimberussell at 6:45 AM on March 29, 2014

David Soknacki's campaign for Toronto mayor includes the slogan: "Never heard of me? Neither has 52 [Police] Division." also the variation: "Neither has Jimmy Kimmel."
posted by jb at 7:26 AM on March 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Shirley Chisholm ("Unbought and Unbossed").
posted by Iris Gambol at 8:07 AM on March 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

I wish I still had a photo of it. I was doing political work in rural ohio and saw a sign for the county coroner's race. It had an EKG graph that flatlined which underlined the candidate's name.
posted by munchingzombie at 8:58 AM on March 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Jim Esch was formerly a candidate for Congress and is now a candidate for the Omaha public service commission. This page has a lot of images of his logo and campaign collateral.

Bruce Rauner is running for governor in Illinois. His logo is simple, but I like it.

Doug Gansler is running for governor in Maryland. I really like these bumper stickers with his campaign logo.

Josh Davies ran for city council in Denver. This blog post features his logo and other concepts that weren't selected.

This search (politic* campaign) on Dribbble might be useful for you, too.
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte at 10:11 AM on March 29, 2014

Also the "Stand with Wisconsin" graphic used during the many, many recall elections in 2012 is pretty memorable.
posted by brookeb at 10:23 AM on March 29, 2014

And one more - The United Farmworkers.
posted by brookeb at 10:24 AM on March 29, 2014

You don't explain why you're asking-- a research project or an actual campaign you're working for?

If it's the latter, then you have a broader problem, and you're right to ignore color scheme.

The graphic identity has to (a) match your candidate, (b) reinforce with your "base" and, most important, (c) appeal to "marginals"-- ie those who aren't or may not LOOK like "natural " fits.
That means a solid understanding of those three categories. And category C may mean you shouldn't even TRY to aim for a "political" feel.

One reason the Obama stuff is so memorable is that it's distinctiveness matched the candidate, which thrilled the base, and because it did NOT look "political" it was able to help the campaign appeal to marginals. Another is that Obama likely perfectly fits the MeFi demographic-- which means they remember it.
posted by jouster at 3:19 PM on March 29, 2014

Most likely not what you're looking for but you did ask for my favorite.
posted by evilmomlady at 7:19 PM on March 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

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