Spike Lee Honors Obama’s First Year as President

November 4, 2009 marked the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American President of the United States.

To mark the historical event, Taschen books New York held a book signing to commemorate the publication of Design for Obama, Posters for Change: A Grassroots Anthology, which was edited by filmmaker Spike Lee, a former Haute Living cover feature.

Lee was also involved in the process of selecting the best artistic submissions for the book and in compiling the work into the book that celebrates the 44th President and the amazing works of art that helped him win the election one year ago.

Hundreds of artists and designers across the globe supported Obama’s race to the capital by submitting to DesignforObama.org, a website founded by one of the book’s editors, Aaron Perry-Zucker. The book also features essays by Lee, Perry-Zucker, and design historian Steven Heller to complement the more than 200 pro-Obama posters designed by a wide range of incredibly artistic Obama supporters.

Lee was on hand yesterday at Taschen books in New York to sign copies of the beautiful book for customers.

Taschen is a high-end publishing house that originally started in Cologne, Germany in 1980 by 18-year-old Benedikt Taschen who is now renowned for being the leading international publisher of luxurious art books.