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This Illustrator Created Coronavirus Travel Posters To Tell People To Stay Home, And Everyone Wants To Buy One

"Art to drive action 🎨✨."

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This is 48-year-old Jennifer Baer, a graphic designer and illustrator who works for NASA's Ames Research Center and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Jennifer Baer

Baer told BuzzFeed News she created these coronavirus travel posters because she felt a sense of urgency to contribute and be part of the solution to the coronavirus outbreak.

Jennifer Baer

Baer said she had a trip planned to Tofina in British Columbia, Canada, to see the whales, but it was cancelled by the outbreak.

She said: "As someone who travels frequently, I found myself dwelling on my own loss of freedom. It felt selfish, but the feeling was still real.

"My trips were being cancelled, and that was my new reality to process along with the rest of the world. I had to stop pouting. Imagining my alternate travel plans within the confines of my apartment just made me laugh."

She said she watched her peers rally for N95 masks and then remembered she had the ability to communicate using humour.

Jennifer Baer

She said: "So I teased out the idea of all the fabulous places I could visit during lockdown. And, of course, added the toilet paper in for cultural perspective."

Jennifer Baer

She added: "As a designer for the past 30 years, I’ve always thought about the longevity of my art and how it might reflect back over time or, rather, how well it would age.

"I want us to smile now, but hopefully when we reach the other side we can reminisce and fully laugh at the ridiculousness of hoarding toilet paper. And perhaps question our motives."

The posters have gone viral since she tweeted them. Baer said she has been overwhelmed by the response. She said: "J.K. Rowling retweeted the posters this morning. Who am I? Where am I? Is this real life?"

Hi. I designed some coronavirus travel posters for you. Stay the F* home. Love you all.

She said she tweeted the posters for her 200 followers and shared them with friends and family.

Baer said: "We’re grieving as a world, together. And we all grieve differently. I’ve never felt so connected to all of humanity while simultaneously closing myself off in my tiny apartment.

"I am thrilled these posters have found an audience on Twitter. My hope was to bring my concept to life through a quick study and then return to my regular 9–5 work, which is still on deadline."

People really loved her posters.

So after getting a little emotional watching a difficult conversation video these are some light relief - #stayathome #tourism https://t.co/xmWIk7stoP

Art to drive action 🎨✨🙌🏼 https://t.co/QL5W3us3oW

And due to popular demand you can now own your own poster for $11.99.

My only thought is WHERE CAN I ORDER FULL SIZED VERSIONS FOR FRAMING! https://t.co/GzIZrWWKnD

Ikran Dahir is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ikran Dahir at ikran.dahir@buzzfeed.com.

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