7 Designs From The American Revolution

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If you want to see great design work this summer, just check out the advertising – print and digital – leading up to the Fourth of July. Since Independence Day designs follow certain thematic rules, the best designers work to come up with new and creative design concepts that maintain theme and color traditions. But long before today’s modern designers began seeking new Independence Day color palettes, revolutionists (and loyalists) were busy at work crafting their own designs; those which had greater purpose yet strategies remarkably similar to today’s marketing tactics. Here, for your inspiration (or, at least, historical perspective), are seven designs from the American Revolution.

Don’t Tread On MeView artwork»

The Gadsden Flag was a popular flag among revolutionists. It bore a rattlesnake with its symbolic 13 rattles and the phrase “don’t tread on me,” which was a reference to the fact that rattlesnakes do not tend to strike until provoked.

 

Moultrie FlagView artwork»

This design, also known as the Liberty Flag, was officially commissioned in 1775 in preparation for war against Britain. The flag design is still evident in South Carolina’s state flag.

 

Skull and CrossbonesView artwork»

Know what really irked the colonists?  The Stamp Act. This design served as a political cartoon, suggesting that the stamps should be printed with skulls and crossbones since the tax was killing the colonists. How do you think they’d react to our current tax system?

 

Boston MassacreView artwork»

This Henry Pelham-designed, Paul Revere engraving is one of the most famous from the Revolutionary War. It served as propaganda to help rile the troops after the Boston Massacre.

 

Betsy Ross FlagView artwork»

The original Stars and Stripes, supposedly commissioned by George Washington and sewed by Betsy Ross. No matter the history, this proud flag once few over America.

 

The Savages Let LooseView artwork»

By 1783, the British had learned that the Americans weren’t going to go down easy… or at all. This loyalist cartoon depicts revolutionists behaving as “savages,” as they had adopted tactics employed by Native Americans to use on the British during the Revolution.

 

Join, Or DieView artwork»

Perhaps the most famous design to come from the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin’s propaganda demonstrated how all 13 colonies should join the war effort together.

 

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