How Poster Design Made Extinction Rebellion A Global Movement

Extinction Rebellion poster: overcoming entrenched politics

Most protest posters are one-offs. And so are most climate protests. But Extinction Rebellion broke that mold, becoming the first global climate action brand, thanks partly to an innovative approach to branding and design – and great posters.

Starting in 2018, Extinction Rebellion gave artists worldwide a simple brand positioning and visual identity to improvise on, and encouraged them to do so. They held workshops to educate artists about the grassroots, decentralized organization and its key principles. The following year, the movement caught fire.

Extinction Rebellion posters are simpler, bolder and edgier than most climate posters, usually featuring some combination of the XR hourglass logo, a simple slogan, and skull or other symbol of death or extinction. And they come in a huge and ever expanding variety of colors and formats, always localized for the audience they’re targeting. You can read how this all came about in these articles:

Meantime, check out this sampling of awesome Extinction Rebellion posters and artwork from artists all over the world:

Extinction Rebellion poster: international rebellion
Extinction Rebellion poster: insects
Extinction Rebellion poster: vote for climate action
Extinction Rebellion poster Manchester: for the love of life.
Extinction Rebellion poster: time to panic.
Extinction Rebellion poster: 11-YEARS-TO-SAVE-EARTH
Extinction Rebellion poster: drowning in apathy
Extinction Rebellion poster: Defy
Extinction Rebellion poster: Rilke quote, Climate Change and Extinction Crisis
Extinction Rebellion poster: bee skull
Extinction Rebellion poster: stand by, extinction in progress
Extinction Rebellion poster: international declaration of ecological crisis
Extinction Rebellion poster: hourglass boycott design
Extinction Rebellion poster: our leaders have failed us.
Extinction Rebellion poster: handcuffs
Extinction Rebellion poster: skulls and sea creatures
Extinction Rebellion poster: who will be next?
Extinction Rebellion poster: dinosaur rage
Extinction Rebellion poster: Greenpoint and Williamsburg
Extinction Rebellion poster: snails move faster
Extinction Rebellion poster: Who's next?
Extinction Rebellion poster: no ball games
Extinction Rebellion poster: listen to your ancestors
Extinction Rebellion poster: psychadelic hourglass
Extinction Rebellion poster: listen up.
Extinction Rebellion poster: SYSTEM-NOT-CLIMATE-CHANGE