On March 13, 2013, TED talk presenter Ronny Edry spoke at Salt Lake Community College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus about his experience as a graphic artist who started an internet craze with his Israel Loves Iran poster.
Edry designed the poster in response to the Israeli government’s discussions about making a preemptive strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
“To me it (Iran) was like this dark place that I know nothing about – just hate coming from the TV,” said Edry. “The instinct was to make a poster because I’m a graphic designer. That’s what I do.”
When his wife saw the poster, she wanted one of herself, too. His friends teased him about it, but they soon gave in with Sany Arazi being the third.
“At that point, people started to send me pictures to put on the poster,” said Edry.
People from Iran also sent him posters that they had designed
“I say to myself, ‘They also have graphic designers. They don’t tell you that on TV. They have internet and graphic designers,’” said Edry.
According to Edry, the internet is making it easier for people from different cultures to become connected. All it takes is to be friendly.
“Most of the time, most of the people, they’re going to go for it. They’re just waiting for you to make the first step,” said Edry.
Edry’s visit was a prelude to the upcoming Student Conference on Writing and Social Justice April 25 and 26 at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.