Black Power to 
Black People

Poster House

Poster House’s “Black Power to Black People” exhibit was an intimate look at how the Black Panther Party harnessed the power of branding and media to control its own narrative, rally community support, and become one of the most influential militant groups of its time.

Our exhibition design began outside the gallery with two oversized protest signs leaning against the wall, amplified with hand-painted lettering reminiscent of protest signs from the Civil Rights era.

Bayard (typeface) evokes lettering from the 1960s Civil Rights protest signs. Condensed, bold and handmade…transporting viewers to that era.

Inside, the exhibit started with an iconic photograph of Huey Newton (1967) and followed the development of Black Panther branding through six chronological sections. In the background, tracks from Seize the Time LP by Elaine Brown played on a loop, capturing the aspirations of the Black Panther Party.

We used bold type, militaristic colors, striking icons, and heroic photographs of Black Panther members carrying exposed firearms to echo the powerfully moving design strategies used by the Black Panthers themselves—and to show how effective those strategies remain, even decades after the party’s rise to fame.

KASA Collective

  • John Kudos
    Creative Director
  • Robert de Saint Phalle
    3D Creative Director
  • Ashley Wu
    Art Director
  • Fay Qiu
  • Saskia Wulandiarti
    Design Intern
  • Imam Fadillah
    3D Renderer
  • Amanda Knott
    Project Manager
  • Samuel Sachs Morgan


  • Es-pranza Humphrey
  • Angelina Lippert
    Chief Curator & Director of Content
  • Ola Baldych
    Director of Design & Exhibits
  • John F. Lynch
    Associate Director of Exhibits
  • Mihoshi Fukushima Clark
    Assistant Director of Design
  • Rob Leonardi