Northland Poster Collective dead; long live Ricardo Levins Morales


Great posters with provocative aphorisms came out of the Northland Poster Collective.  Alas, Northland called it quits in 2010.

One of their best artists, Ricardo Levins Morales, continues the fight at his own site.  Morales is the guy who made this work, on the importance of standardized student tests:

Testing, by Ricardo Levins Morales

Testing, by Ricardo Levins Morales

Earlier I questioned whether Einstein actually said that.  I don’t think he did — but I love the poster and the sentiment, all the same.  I haven’t been able to verify the quote in Alice Calaprice’s The Ultimate Quotable Einstein, for example.

In my classroom the air conditioning often did not work last spring, at testing time.  When we’d open the windows, we’d get visitors — usually bees, but birds on at least two occasions.  The student in the picture has her priorities right.

The poster is just $10.95.  Teachers, if a dozen of these appeared in your school, it might make a difference.

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2 Responses to Northland Poster Collective dead; long live Ricardo Levins Morales

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    It’s a great story — and a fantastic poster. I hope you can keep it in production, and I hope you sell a million of them. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. I’ve intended–but not gotten around to–create some new bottom copy for that poster. Miss-attributions bother me–especially since they are hard to correct once they are in circulation. It’s claimed that Einstein had this quote up by his desk but we may not find out it’s actual origin. That in itself is a good story though.

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