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Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Communication, Arts & Culture, Environment

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  • The Real Work Experience

    Community, Communication Design


    Communication designers and its graduates, certainly have the creative ability to make significant change to society and public service, and yet I question why this is not sold to designers as a credible route to take post Graduation.

    Pitching the fact that only 23.2% of design graduates will find jobs in the creative industry itself, London based [public sector] design agency ThinkPublic, introduce The Real Work Experience.

    The real work experience aims to open design graduates' eyes to the opportunities of using their skills beyond the usual design roles and the possibility of working in the public sector. Concurrently, the programme aims to educate public sector bodies on the skills and value designers can bring to their organisations.

    This is one of the most inspiring and much awaited initiatives I have seen for a long time. The situation so many design graduates find themselves in is frightening, and yet there are so many possible avenues to vehicle our talents toward.

  • Free Love in the Park

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    Reminded today of this beautiful work by Paula Scher and Lenny Naar [Pentagram]. Entitled Free Love in the Park this poster was designed for the 2007 New York Shakespeare Festival.

  • Designers into Schools Week [DiSW]

    Education, Communication Design


    During 2002-2004, The UK Design Council initiative Designers into Schools, placed professional designers in secondary school Design & Technology classes across the UK. The initiative successfully matched 327 designers from across the range of creative disciplines with English secondary schools.

    Although, the Design Council has now suspended the administration of the initiative, (having fulfilled its initial brief to run for three successive years), the DiSW website and information is certainly inspiring.

    Linking the creative industry with education should, in my opinion, practice more initiatives like this. Nevertheless, this is yet another inspiring project from the UK Design Council!

  • When Everyone Becomes a ‘Designer’.

    Education, Communication Design

    I read and research everything I can and will continue to do so, but I question whether this will be enough to survive against a rising force.

    Deep down I know that the core principals I learn will provide sustenance and sustainability, but for every one of them that fails, a hundred will replace them. Will they overwhelm us? And if so, how will design, and our roles, be affected when everyone becomes a ‘designer’?


  • Broken Link

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    On vacant urban walls, white posters await advertisements. The guys at Wooster Collective recently spotted this conceptual design, which cleverly co-opts the space by sticking on it, a "broken link" icon.

  • NewsMap

    Communication, Communication Design


    NewsMap is a fantastic application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Intelligently highlighting the headline stories, this is a must see for typographers and designers alike.

  • A Life-Long [Learning] Endeavor

    Education, Fashion Design

    Design Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Kerry Polite (2004) published his thoughts on what are today’s [2004] ‘most important questions in design education’. He offers a personal observation to the nature of contemporary design education, in comparison to its historical origins:

    In the past, students and educators dealt mainly with four or five principles: composition, typography, form, colour and drawing… Today, students are expected to be skilled technicians, be knowledgeable in a range of software programs and work with sound, motion, and interactivity.

    Polite explains how design students need to slow down and think, to be working for content-driven, not style-driven design solutions. The problem, he pitches is how today, Students want to rush in and make finished projects… and …because they have been bombarded with very slick visual stimuli their entire lives, the work tends to look derivative.

    This observational discussion offers an interesting [if, concerning] perspective on how important it remains to embed and praise design thinking, research, experimentation and relevance. Thinking About Design Education was published by the AIGA in 2004.

  • A Foot in Both Worlds

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    "Mathematical perfection,.. ignores the fact that the visual world relies on imagination and illusion.

    The graphic designer needs a foot in both worlds and must reconcile these polar opposites... In a world where information about virtually everything is available instantly, it is rewarding to discover things that exist but remain hidden, invisible, unless perceived through observation.

    As we move forward, it is important to preserve the valuable human component to the process of making and visual thinking. While technology expands its influence on traditional means of thought and design, the role of the graphic designer will continue to evolve in new and unpredictable directions.

  • Cultural Generalism

    Education, Communication Design


    From an essay by Lorraine Wild, That Was Then, and This Is Now: But What Is Next? from: Looking Closer Four: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, comes an interesting discussing from Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, Todd Roeth.

    Designers need a lot of common sense. In short, effective graphic designers need to be able to be sensible and conscious of different viewpoints, and different styles of language (verbal and non-verbal) within their culture and the types of mindsets that speak them. Furthermore, graphic designers then need to draw from their body of knowledge and experience, and employ it to cleverly, shrewdly, and creatively solve the problems graphic designers are challenged to confront. And that common sense is free to all who have the passion – or at least, the wherewithal – to seek it, but priceless when obtained.

    Image spotted by SwissMiss FFFound, via Michael Surtees at Design Notes.

  • The Designers Accord

    Environment, Communication Design

    Seemingly a really positive initative, from a list of iconic design leaders and organisations, The Designers Accord is a coalition of design and innovation firms focused on working together to create positive environmental and social impact (2008).

    Partnered with the AIGA and IDSA, The Designers Accord was founded by Valerie Casey and hosts an advisory panel including: Paul Hawken - Natural Capital Institute, Tim Brown - IDEO, Allan Chochinov - Core77, Jen van der Meer - o2NYC and Marc Alt - Marc Alt + Partners.

    The movement they explain 'started as a call to arms for designers to engage in the environmental movement with optimism and creativity ...It is our obligation to use our knowledge, experience, and reach to positively influence what we design and consume.'

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

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