With the world's economy in a slump and the ongoing war on terrorism, there is a heightened awareness in the world community of the numerous issues that both directly and indirectly affect our lives. Increasingly, people are feeling powerless and excluded because they have no voice. Designers, however, do have a voice. They are among the most influential bystanders because their skills enable them to communicate a message easily through the internet or through posters and print. A picture is worth a thousand words, and designers have used this adage to their advantage for years by creating simple, yet powerful designs that immediately convey the message to the viewer. "The Design of Dissent" focuses on graphic work that designers have made as a result of social and political concerns. The timing is certainly ripe as the world flares up in opposition on so many important issues, and the work featured in the book will both confront these issues and inspire the reader.