The extremist group that I am studying about was formed back in April 2013 and has been terrorizing many parts of the world today.They are simply known as The Islamic State but for safety reasons, I will be referring to them as ‘the Extremist Group’ to avoid any unnecessary confrontation with any parties.The group claims to have fighters from the UK, France, Germany and other European countries, as well as the US, the Arab world and the Caucasus making them versatile in performing attacks or terrorist related activities anywhere.
The group has seen considerable military success. In March 2013, it took over the Syrian city of Raqqa and then later in January 2014, it capitalised on growing tension between Iraq’s Sunni minority and Shia-led government by taking control of the predominantly Sunni city of Fallujah, in the western province of Anbar. It also seized large sections of the provincial capital, Ramadi, and has a presence in a number of towns near the Turkish and Syrian borders.
What really made me chose the extremist group as my case study is that how it impacted the design industry, which using the design industry for their purpose. They did so by first releasing a well edited and plotted execution video and then followed by more videos and gradually utilizing other platforms to send their message and propaganda. It’s interesting and yet shocking to see what graphic designers can help do and in this case, branding an extremist group. We usually see at a simple perceptive where designers only produce visual images and help set the image for a company. What’s more interesting is how effective the extremist groups effort span across the world and cause chaos in society.
Also along this study,I had a deeper look on what the design Industry can offer and how the extremist group utilizes all of those to their advantage and gain. More on the design industry on my next post.