Posters are useful to attract attention and deliver concise information about a particular subject. Because of this, they are a favourite communication and education tool for non-profit organisations. When you add cartoons, posters can also surprise the audience and even make them chuckle - a sure way of ensuring the poster and hopefully the information it conveys will be remembered.
"Alan is a genius at synthesising ideas into formats that attract attention and get the message across. Apart from being a great artist, he is professional, rapid, flexible and positive and able to work in English and Spanish without a problem."
Rachel Atkinson, Bioversity International, Peru
The two posters above were commissioned by GapAid, a charity that provides practical information and support to students travelling abroad on their gap year. UK, 2010.
"Wow- they look fantastic, thank you. I know that the deadlines are ridiculously tight and I really do appreciate all the hard work you are putting in to meet them. Go Ape absolutely loved the cartoons, especially the corporate one, so much so that they would like you to do a couple more." - A. Crichton, John Krebs Field Station, Oxford, UK
"The proofs look fantastic! We really like what you've done with the concepts and think the messages are very clear throughout. They are superb! Excellent stuff...I'll be in touch again next week but in the meantime thank you so much for all your incredibly hard work and the fantastic ideas & cartoons you've provided. We're all delighted with the end product and I'm sure that everyone visiting GoApe will love them too! Thanks again for all your fantastic work! We're very pleased with the results." - J. Pike, John Krebs Field Station, Oxford, UK
The three posters above are about recycling and were commissioned to feature as large billboards in forest recreational centres in Britain. UK, 2007.
The five panels above tell a story of a young boy and his exploration of the forest canopy in Britain and Borneo, accompanied by a remarkably enlightened orang-utan. Commissioned to feature as large billboards in the forest canopy walkway centres of Go Ape! in Britain.
Note: the layout of these panels is my own work for the purposes of presentation on this website.
The Maned Wolf Conservation Project
"The AZA Maned Wolf SSP was delighted to play a small role in funding the conservation posters created by Alan Hesse and Louise Emmons. The information is presented in a fun and unique way, but the message clearly gets through to both children and adults. The first and second editions of the posters have been distributed to schools, national park staff, rural communities and local institutions and NGOs across lowland Bolivia, northern Argentina and parts of Peru. They are a very effective educational tool!"
Melissa Rodden, Maned Wolf SSP Coordinator, National Zoological Park, USA