Keep CalmPosted: July 7, 2009
The Sunday New York Times Magazine (have to sign-in) had this article on the rebirth of the “Keep Calm” poster used in Britain in World War II. From the article …
For example, when red posters bearing the sans-serif slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” underneath a simple crown icon started catching on in Britain a few years back, Bex Lewis knew their provenance. Now an associate lecturer in history and media studies at the University of Winchester, Lewis wrote her Ph.D. thesis on British propaganda posters devised for the home front during World War II. The “Keep Calm” poster, meant to be distributed in the event of a German invasion, was extremely obscure for many decades.
Now various designers have created a whole slew of versions: “Now Panic and and Freak Out,” “Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake,” and our favorite “Get Excited and Make Things.”