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Design student utilises Mass Observation diaries to highlight issues in modern day society

Rianna Low, 26, is a Master’s Degree student studying Visual Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. Inspired by the words of Mass Observation diarists, Rianna decided to visually interpret their quotes and create a selection of posters. The posters are a blend of wartime aesthetic and modern design. She wanted to bridge the idea of the past informing the present as she felt that many of the quotes still held resonance with society today. Rianna launched the campaign, Past Present Progress, in her own town to promote the idea of unity and to encourage people to think carefully about the past and make a pledge to work towards a better future. The project also encouraged people to send in their own quotes about life in 2017. Rianna is now looking to broaden engagement by inviting everyone and anyone to take part and send in quotes about society today, that can be used to create a new body of work commemorating 2017.

If you would like to send a quote to Rianna please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit where you can find out more about Rianna and the project.


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