Alexandra Lange | Essays

Girl Power?

I saw this photo in the New York Times this morning and thought, That’s Carly Fiorina’s campaign poster? That seems kind of … girly. Lightweight, lowercase, sans serif type. Two tones of red or pink (I can’t really tell on screen) on white? Is she trying for a little iCarly crossover? I’m surprised no type geeks have weighed in on this yet, but if any of you are out there, please comment. The graphic design establishment got all excited over Obama’s typography, but has been quiet since.

When I showed this to my husband he said it seemed very Virginia Slims, and I had to agree. But Carly Fiorina hardly seems to be targeting women, or emphasizing her womanhood—not that she has to, or should. Yes, she’s using the more accessible Carly, rather than Carleton (!) or her real first name, Cara. But as Frank Bruni (as an aside, how happy am I every time he’s in the magazine; food is fine, but profiles are so fun) told us in the NYT Magazine, her whole approach is tough talk, business can solve California’s problems. That’s not what this poster is saying.

Posted in: Graphic Design, Politics

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