A Bad Match


The objective is to get students to question the role of patents in the pandemic and to ask their university to sign the Open COVID Pledge.

The Project:

This poster references Tinder by using the word “match,” a flame symbol similar to the Tinder logo, and a pink/orange gradient similar to the Tinder colors.


Print it and post it.

Share it on social media. #FreeTheVaccine #PeoplesVaccine

What worked?

People familiar with Tinder were immediately able to get the reference and found it amusing! Hopefully, this means it can effectively catch students’ eyes on a university campus.

    Original files can be provided for exhibition

Reflections from Navya Dasari

What was the process/journey of creating this work?

I created a draft, modified it using the feedback of other Free The Vaccine participants, and then submitted it for review by Avram Finkelstein. Using Avram’s feedback, I then revised the poster again. I also added a QR code created by Fiona Davey.

What would be your next steps, building on this idea, if you had a million dollars and all the time and skills in the world?

If I had unlimited resources, I could imagine having giant posters installed all over university campuses. (We could modify the ask as needed, but continue using the concept of patents and public health/pandemics/coronavirus being a “bad match,” and continue using the pink/orange color scheme and flame symbol.)

About this project
  • Navya Dasari

June, 2020


United States,

1728 x 2304 pixels

Creative Commons BY-NC

Download Original/High-Resolution File: PatentsandPandemicsRevised.png