I Want You….To Put Away Your Smartphone: Propaganda Posters for the Modern Age

by Brett & Kate McKay on January 8, 2013 · 105 comments

in A Man's Life, On Etiquette

During the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the use of “propaganda posters” were popular for encouraging good behavior — teaching safety, boosting worker morale, and rousing wartime sacrifice. I’ve always enjoyed the art and design of these posters, and decided to have Ted whip up a set of originals to address an area of behavior where modern society is often lacking: smartphone etiquette. Enjoy.

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Posters illustrated and designed by Ted Slampyak

{ 105 comments… read them below or add one }

101 Cheryl January 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

These are brilliant!
AoM, I’d like to request permission to reuse one of these images in a digital slideshow in the Capilano University library. The image would not be altered, and full credit to AoM and Ted Slampyak would be given.

102 SUZANNE January 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm


I am putting these on my tumblr and maybe even on my blog. These should go viral.

103 Raul January 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

How about one for concerts!? THAT is infuriating, you can make it with some jerk pointing his phone at a Swing band

104 Jeremy January 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

@Brett: Yes, unfortunately, we have become “such weenies” that people will complain about posters/admonitions not being positive enough. In a world in which people are given awards just for showing up, excellence is punished in the name of “fairness” and “leveling the playing field,” and no one “fails” any more, are you really surprised?

105 doolittle April 15, 2014 at 1:50 am

There is a balance. Technology is the way of modern society. True, we have become perhaps more dependant on it then we should but we also can not ignore that it exists. A little tolerance and adaptation to technology is in order in addition to a abandoning technology when it becomes an addiction, a crutch or and avoidance tactic. When it used to enhance everyday life it can be helpful and it can often be considered rude when it is not. A good example is when it is used as an educational tool to look up information on the Internet, contact someone in a crisis, or to take a photo to capture the moment.

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