The Poster Is Mesmerizing. The Story It Tells Is Electrifying. Have You Seen It?
The Beehive Design Collective consists of a group of artists that has spent many years creating numerous story graphics of globalization and resistance. Their newest poster, Mesoamérica Resiste, is finally complete after nine years in the making. Learn more about the Bees and their latest creation below.
To hear all about the Bees as a group and their local work, check out from 0:16 on. For more information on the story and creation of the newest poster in particular, fly on over to 2:20. And don’t miss the part where they sum it all up and show the completed poster at 6:04.
The Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. We work as word-to-image translators of complex global stories, shared with us through conversations with affected communities.
We seek to cut out the constant queries of “who made that?” and “how much does it cost?” from our creative process. We work anonymously by crediting every graphic we make to the collective as a whole; you won’t find the names of individual artists listed anywhere. We distribute our graphics by sliding scale donations, and we try to give away roughly half of the materials we print to frontline communities, educators, and organizers actively working on the issues in the posters.
We build and disseminate these visual tools with the hope that they will self-replicate, and take on life of their own. It gives us a huge surge of energy knowing that others are taking the helm and using these graphics in their own communities. To make this abundant cross-pollination possible, all of our work is licensed under the Creative Commons.