Sunday, 14 October 2012

RSVP: a negative response

Initial thoughts on this took me to the way in which the public react negatively when confronted with an invitation to respond.

We are often asked - through flyers, posters, or people we pass by - to attend things, sign up to things etc. Often we're not at all interested. Here are a couple of ways in which we react negatively to an invitation.

In the case of flyers, most end up here:

In the case of posters, a visible reaction is less common, but could result in this:

My idea proposes that there are a number of ways in which we can "RSVP" negatively which are more than just ignoring the invitation. Sometimes the invitation to one thing encourages us to feel invited to another, out of a reaction to something we may not agree with.

Ways in which this could be resolved in a visual situation:

  1. Through looking at invites/flyers which are designed to be binned. People are going to bin them anyway, why not help them out?
  2. The de-facing of posters. This could lead to a number of visual responses: using humour, violence, shock tactics etc., to actively respond negatively to a particular campaign.
  3. Using bins, or anti-RSVP methods to bring about a positive outcome. How about people voting for an issue by placing the promotional flyer in a particular bin?

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