As the news of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris spread, it seemed like free speech was under fire and artists were murdered just for being artists.
I try to avoid politics around here, especially polarizing issues, as there’s no point in bringing them to a design blog. There’s no winning a debate really, and one always risks alienating 50% of the audience who read your stuff – especially when they’re here for blather about logos and what not. We’re going to make an exception today and write about the brutal terrorist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo – a popular satirical magazine – that saw 10 staffers (and two police officers) murdered in cold blood by violent extremists, most likely over some of the controversial cartoons that the magazine has published. The magazine had been the target of violence before, including a firebombing in 2011. Editorial director and cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier, who went by the name of Charb, said this about the earlier attack:
Tributes from artists & cartoonists around the world.
Bernardo Erlich – “The world has become so serious that humor is a risky profession.”
Chilean designer Francisco Olea – “Grab your weapons comrades!”
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 7, 2015
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) January 7, 2015
— CNN iReport (@cnnireport) January 7, 2015
— The Independent (@Independent) January 7, 2015
— Superman (@SupermanTweets) January 7, 2015
David Pope [Twitter]
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) January 7, 2015
— Alexandre Delpérier (@ADelperier) January 7, 2015
Lucille Cleric, a London-based graphic designer and illustrator. (This was originally accredited to graffiti artist Bansky in error.)
— AleksandraWisniewska (@alekswis) January 7, 2015
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) January 7, 2015
— Anne (@_magalerie) January 7, 2015
We’ll close with this powerful and moving image from Ruben L. Oppenheimer
And then this:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Evelyn Beatrice Hall (writing as S.G. Tallentyre.)
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