Chew design recently designed a new logo for a Belfast group of poets. The group which prides itself in its unique message, “Love Poetry, Hate Racism”. The logo had to be simple and yet give the group an identity which would be easily recognised right away. Chew Design went for a simple focus on words approach. the logo speaks like a verse of a poem. Black and white allows the design to stand out, making a stand on issues that affect us all today.
The group in Belfast have been so successful they now have contacts in many cities over the world, again highlighting the serious nature of their message. Gordon Hewitt from the Belfast Poets and Love Poetry Hate Racism, whilst describing what the group aim for said:
“A few months ago we decided that we wanted to play a part in combating racism and racist attacks, something which Belfast had seen a fair bit of in recent years. We put a call to make the event international and the response has been fantastic. Now from our initial call nearly 40 cities are involved and we look like getting many more.”
“The reasoning behind the calling of this event was that Belfast in particular and Northern Ireland in general has been described as “the race hate capital of Europe,” and it was true that many racist attacks and racist acts have taken place here. But what was also true is that there has been a widespread campaign against racism and that has taken root in many communities.”
“Our view is that as poets we should be part of the offensive against the racists given that poetry is practised world-wide and that at its heart is the self expression of people wherever they come from. We also recognise that poetry crosses all manner of boundaries, from language to cultural differences to find common cause.”
“When we were touring Australia we performed alongside poets from many different countries and cultural backgrounds and learnt from all of them. We have been affected in the way we approach our writing through that experience.”
“Belfast has been known for many things but now we can say that we are putting the fight against racism on the map and encouraging this to be an international struggle.”
January 27 2009 | Xtra | Comments Off