Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Communication, Arts & Culture, Environment

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  • Top 50 Graphic Design Blogs

    Communication, Communication Design

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    For anyone looking for the latest news and events across the Graphic Design blog scene, David Airey recently published a great list of the top 50 online design resources. If you are looking for new designers or ideas for any projects this is a great list of the best resources.

  • 400

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Founded in 1989, 400 is a London based socially and environmentally conscious agency. Worth a look.

    For example, in July 2007, 400 designed a beautifully executed enviro-friendly business plan for Metropolitan Home Ownership.

  • Paper recycling made sexy?

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Set up by BioRegional, The Laundry is a London based recycling scheme, run by More Associates aimed at small businesses, who were not being well served by the paper-recycling market.

    More identified it was crucial to avoid the 'worthy' and 'green' feeling of so many eco-enterprises, and decided on a humourous, young, and business-driven identity for them which would appeal to their target audience. Outputs included promotional sack-flyers, kerbside sacks, stickers and livery for recycling trucks, as well as consultancy on naming and brand strategy.

  • More Associates

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    I just came across a magnificent (and stylish) interdisciplinary sustainable design practice, by the name of More Associates.

    Using "design and research process to address social and environmental challenges" in practical ways. More "bring together sustainable design with emerging technologies and social innovation." Their current focus is on delivering carbon reduction and energy-literacy strategies across populations to produce widespread behaviour change and help transform markets toward carbon- and energy-efficiency.

    More Associates is London based and was founded in 2002 by Luke Nicholson, Ben Pirt and Tom Williams.

  • Toyota Tree

    Environment, Communication Design

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    We are committed to preserving the delicate balance between man and nature. We have come a long way since we launched our first Hybrid car 10years ago. But our goal goes beyond reducing exhaust emissions.

    The latest Toyota advert is beautifully crafted to illustrate their attitude and approach toward an environmentally-friendly car for the future. Quite beautiful art direction.

    Make sure you take a look at the full size poster here.

  • JODY BARTON: Green Illustration

    Environment, Communication Design

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    When it comes to Visually Communicating Environmental Awareness, Graphic Designers and Illustrators are essentially key to this process.

    London based illustrator Jody Barton is just one example of the power of Visual Communication. Barton has produced a plethora of bold illustrations, focused toward Environmental crisis and using techniques of hand drawn typography Barton's illustration's scream thoughts and stereotypes of man's preconceived ideas.

    Educated in London at Camberwell College of Arts and The Royal College of Art, Jody has extensive experience working in animation and sound, with work featuring in the likes of Dazed And Confused, Vice, The Face, D&AD, Pantheon Architecture, Creative Review, Intersection, Viewpoint, WAD, and Wonderland Magazines.

  • Cause/affect - a design competition for do-gooders

    Community, Communication Design

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    AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design, has issued a call for entries for a new graphic design competition celebrating the work of designers who set out to positively impact our society and communities. The entry deadline for the competition – cause/affect – is November 9, 2007. All design work entered in the competition must promote or support social good and actively engage in enriching our lives. All we ask is that it doesn’t contribute directly to the profit of a commercial organization. Work must have been produced between January 1, 2000 and October 31, 2007 (we’re going back a few years this first time).

    All entries will be seen by a jury comprised of some of the country’s top creative professionals, art directors, and socially conscious business professionals. Selected work will be showcased on the competition web site, and at the cause/affect awards ceremony, held at the AIGA SF office, December 4, 2007. We will also be conducting an online “People’s Choice Award," with voting taking place on the cause/affect site between November 12 and December 4, 2007.

    This is a competition for do-gooders, who do good work. And it is open to all.

    For entry forms, and more information, please visit: www.aigasf.org/causeaffect

  • CHANGE.ORG :: Bringing Barriers Down

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Recently considering the ways in which Communications Designers can become more actively involved with social issues and initiatives, I came across CHANGE.ORG in my exploration.

    Founded by Ben Rattray, Change.org is a social network for social activism, incorporating nonprofits, politicians, and people across the globe Change.org aims to transform social activism by serving as the central platform that connects likeminded people, whatever their interests, and enables them to exchange information, share ideas, and collectively act to address the issues they care about.

    Ignoring the fact the site could benefit from some contemporary web and communication design skills, this could prove a great platform for meeting new potential clients. Join the "changes" you are passionate for, find out who runs them and get in touch.

    There is also a Change.org application on Facebook, so whilst Facebook is becoming more and more of a professional networking tool for me, I suggest this application to designers, in another small step to bring the barriers down between designers and the rest of society who need us.

  • Lovelyasatree_177_

    Lovely As A Tree is the website that tells you everything you need to know to be a more environmentally aware graphic designer. Giving you the low down on how your choices of design, paper and print impact upon the environment. The site lists all the steps you can take to reduce your design footprint, takes you through the process of choosing a recycled or more sustainably sourced paper, and shows you what to look for when choosing a greener printer.

    You’ll also find lists of the UK’s most environmentally friendly papers and printers, web links to help make your office green, and case studies to inspire you. Lovely as a Tree aims to enable and inspire graphic designers to make more environmentally friendly choices in their work.

    Caroline Clark is the founder of Lovely as a Tree, and she has worked as a graphic designer since graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1996.

    + Lovely As A Tree

  • Creative Solutions to Change the Way People Think and Act

    Communication, Communication Design

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    I recently posted a few examples of work from London based Design Studio Wire, on Anamorphosis and CPLUV.com.

    The popularity and traffic the post, and more importantly the work, has generated has been a great site to see. Not only are these designs socially-focused, but also gain credibility from top designers across the design industry. Simply, a great example of where social initiatives can be approached by design and be visualised with a contemporary design solution.

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

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