The Arabic word “mulsak,” which translates to “poster,” precisely expresses this art; what distinguishes design from all other arts is that it depends on displaying a painting or image by way of posting. The poster, whatever its theme, is affixed to a surface and displayed for public viewing.
This visibility makes the poster a promoter of freedom, especially freedom of speech, in whatever space it’s exhibited. Hence the displaying of a poster becomes a liberty that can be hampered by legal restrictions; advertising or showing posters is absolutely prohibited unless one is granted permission.
Posters have accompanied the Syrian revolution since its outbreak. Internet groups cut out parts of posters that date back to the tyrannical years and venerate a particular leader. They then use these parts to make new posters that are, in contrast, open to ideas of freedom. These posters are printed off of the internet and raised in demonstrations. Their natural space, though, remains either in the virtual world or in non-Syrian cities where Syrian activists support the revolution (particularly Beirut).