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Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Communication, Arts & Culture, Environment

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  • Marian Bantjes Designs Practivism Poster

    Environment, Communication Design


    Famed Graphic Designer Marian Bantjes designed the poster for last night's Practivism, a speaker series talk on Sustainability run by The Society of Graphic Designers/BC Chapter.

    Guest Speakers included Marc Alt, Brian Dougherty and Eric Karjaluoto who presented their strategies and suggestions for practical activism within a design practice.

    This poster is a refreshing example that Green graphics don't have to be green.

  • Graduates Train for Social Design Workshops!

    Education, Communication Design


    In preparation for The Real Work Experience workshops later this month, last Thursday nine graduate and undergraduate designers took part in an engaging afternoon of workshop training!

    Arriving at the thinkpublic studio from Bristol, Brighton, Bournemouth, Glasgow, London, Kent and Leeds our leading designers are each running workshops on Friday 21st November to explore what young designers need to enable them to use their skills for social causes.

    After a fun ‘make a sound, pass it on’ icebreaker session, we asked the designers to draw a picture of their workshop (and then humorously offered the opportunity to analyse them). We then briefed the group through the stages of how to run their workshops and gave each of them informative toolkits to take away. Thanks to everyone who came along on Thursday, we hope you had as much fun as we did! There are plenty of photos of the training day here and we wish you all the best of luck for the 21st!

    The “Design for Social Change” workshops will run at the following institutions:

    If you are a young designer based in the UK and would like to partic...

  • Recognized by "Creative for a Cause"

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design


    I have been officially recognized by Creative for a Cause, and listed on their site:

  • Lfd08_designersblock-14_177_

    I was browsing through Core77 magazine, and found the London Design Festival 2008 image gallery, which I think had many fantastic examples of innovative, engaging and effective design. I especially enjoyed Designersblock, at the Piazza in Covent Garden, with three floors of industrial, communication, fashion, audio and visual design.

    One of my favorites was an italian designer duo that would show you how to make gnocchi. The project in itself was in a way, socially engaged, because it would allow the participant to socialise with others. There were numerous examples of effective design as well.

    I encourage those who couldn't attend to browse through the gallery. There are several great examples of good design, with a social conscience, like for example, the korean designers exhibition, in Designersblock.

  • What is Design?

    Communication, Communication Design

    The latest video from the UK Design Council has wonderfully captured the essence of design.

    This video really does illustrate how simple we need to be when explaining the power of design to non designers.

  • earphone design for bike riders

    Well-being, Industrial Design



    These semi-circle earphones allow the users to listen to music but at the same time hear outside noise for more safe bike rides.

    hopefully one less road kill!

  • The Real Work Experience Returns!

    Communication, Communication Design


    On Friday 21st November, final year and graduate designers will run simultaneous workshops up and down the country, in an exciting stage two of The Real Work Experience!

    Exploring how designers can play a role in social improvement, we are asking young designers to consider what “The Real Work Experience” could do for them? Could it be an online network that bridges the gap between education and seeking (socially engaged) work? Could it be a mentoring program, or a regular series of events that discuss design’s wider potential? What do designers and graduates need, to be able to use their skills to tackle social issues? What does a movement toward socially responsible design look like to you?


    Each workshop will run for approximately three hours and each group will be asked to discuss, develop and design a concept for the future of the initiative. The ‘outcome’ to the workshop can be in any format you wish - maybe a prototype, diagram or a well written out concept. thinkpublic will then choose a winning idea and that team will be awarded support to put it into reality. We essentially want you to become a part of the future development of The Real Work Experience program!

    Locations (more info soon!):

    • Leeds College of Art and Design
    • The Arts Institute at Bournemouth
    • Glasgow School of Art
    • University of the West of England, Bristol
    • Northumbria University, Newcastle [TBC]
    • Ravensbourne College of Art & Design [TBC]

    Prior to the workshops, our lead ...

  • How Can Design Save Democracy

    Communication, Communication Design


    In conjunction with, the AIGA's Ric Grefé and Jessica Friedman Hewitt have developed an interactive demonstration of how good ballot design can improve the voting experience.

    Via. DesignObserver

  • Paying it Forward, for Project M!

    Education, Communication Design


    In June, San Francisco based designer Arvi Raquel-Santos spent 4 weeks in Hale County, Alabama with Project M, John Bielenberg's famed summer programme set up to inspire designers to see that their work can have a positive and significant social impact.

    Recognising the importance of ensuring talented designers have the opportunity to attend Project M (which costs $2000 each), Arvi has founded Design That Cares, "a socially based design collaborative", which is selling posters pitching the Project M ethos "Think Wrong".

    For sale at only $35.00, the donations will go directly to help other designers attend the programme. Avri is also using a Facebook Cause Page to gain support.

    Fabulous work.

    Originally written on my blog

  • People Ignore Design That Ignores People

    Communication, Communication Design


    Frank Chimero's inspirational design posters are now for sale!

    One of the perks of having a profession where you make things, is that you can pretty much make your own version of anything to cater specifically to you and your peers. I think this is what has happened with designers: we need our own version of everything and want to be our own audience. I decided to embark on creating some "inspirational" posters aimed specifically at designers. The topics range from various truisms I've discovered about the field in the past few years to snarky tongue-in-cheek comments. I think we designers spend an awful lot of time talking to ourselves, and I consider this my contribution to the monologue." - Frank Chimero.

    You can buy the posters here. It would be good to know if the profits are going to a social cause mind.

Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it. Buckminster Fuller

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