Source: Project Senbazuru by Jessica Moon. Several well-known Japanese symbols are represented: the red sun, the paper cranes, and the wave, which could either be from Hokusai's "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" or the tsunami. The cranes are symbol of hope, and thereby the tsunami, though a destructive force, is redeemed and transformed, or rebuffed by the thousand cranes ("senbazuru") as it crashes against the red sun.

Source: Project Senbazuru by Jessica Moon. Several well-known Japanese symbols…

Source: Steve Schiavello - "Help Restore Japan". Another more explicitly violent piece, the blood splatter being more prominent, even though the texture of the red sun is more like crumpled paper or cloth. More visceral and provokes stronger emotions.

Help Japan posters created by different individuals and organizations with a recurring broken red dot.

Source: Steven Jodistiro - "Donate". The run sun symbol here is used to solicit donations and funds for the rebuilding of Japan, very cleverly keeping in theme and getting the message across.

Be inspired to design compelling non-profit organization advertisements, posters, and direct mailers with these 30 creative nonprofit ad designs.

Source: Renan Valadares - "127.560.000 > 8,9". Alluding to the earthquake, the red sun is blurred as if shaken, with the words below reinforcing this theme, being a measurement of the the force of the earhquake.

Source: Renan Valadares - > Alluding to the earthquake, the red sun is blurred as if shaken, with the words below reinforcing this theme, being a measurement of the the force of the earhquake.

Source: Paul Vickers - "Love Japan, Help Japan". The love heart symbol cleverly becomes a typographic style, spelling out "Japan" and creates a hopeful, charitable mood.

buy paul vicker's 'Love Japan - Help Japan' poster in aid of the sendai japan earthquake and tsunami disaster. proceeds from poster sales .

Source: Timur York - "Support Japan". The symbol becomes a love heart, another simple but effective idea. It is interesting that two generations ago, the red sun symbol inspired very different emotions and ideas.

The symbol becomes a love heart, another simple but effective idea. It is interesting that two generations ago, the red sun symbol inspired very different emotions and ideas.

Source: Daniel Freytag - "JAPAN 14.46 11.03 2011". A very clever, almost infographic-like depiction of the force of the earthquake, with the epicentre look like the red sun symbol. The message is simply, in itself, data, stating the facts (date and time), yet its banality and objectiveness seems to provoke strong emotional response due to the significance of those data.

Daniel Freytag designed this awesome poster in response to the Japanese disaster on the March. He is donating of the money to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami.

Becoming a Richter scale graphic, it alludes to the earthquake, and it forms the outline of the red sun symbol.

Tears for Japan

Help Japan, Animated Buzz, and some story panels

Source: Inder Nagra - "3/11/11". The red sun is sundered and ripped, the tear looking like a Richter scale depiction of the earthquake. Damage, destruction and shock.

Source: Inder Nagra - The red sun is sundered and ripped, the tear looking like a Richter scale depiction of the earthquake. Damage, destruction and shock.

Combining typography and symbolism, this is a simple message using the international letters for help. The background texture makes it moody, being grimy and dirty, not something negative in this context but adds to the general idea and emotion of this graphic.

Tears for Japan

Combining typography and symbolism, this is a simple message using the international letters for help. The background texture makes it moody, being grimy and dirty, not something negative in this context but adds to the general idea and emotion of this graphic.

Source: James White - "Help Japan". My favourite poster of this series, and the first one I saw. The simplicity of the design, showing the debris and the cracks of the red sun symbol, plus the unintrusive yet plaintitive appeal of the small simple font below, encapsulates the damage and the emotion of the event.

After the Japan earthquake in the Canadian designer James White created a…

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