Socially Conscious Graphic Design

Socially Conscious Graphic Design

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    Greengaged: Monday 21st September 2009:

    Design for Life: Barriers to Behaviour Change; Curated by Ed Gillespie, founder of Futerra and slow travel expert.

    Environmentally speaking, we’re in a bit of a mess, and we sort of know what we have to do: use less stuff whether it’s energy, materials or chemicals, cut carbon, relocalise and do things like trade in fairer ways. But we don’t. Ed Gillespie curates a day when we ask why is change happening so slowly, and what are the barriers, both behaviourally and in the context of design. This will be a day of challenges, questions and opportunities around the role of design in what we wear, what we eat, where we live and how we get around; food, fashion, homes and travel...provocative speakers, lively interactive debate and clothes-swapping: what more could you ask for?! The whole day will be hosted in partnership with the Talkaoke Wheel of Spiel, with live visualisation from The People Speak webjockeys (No singing. No punch-ups).

    Breakfast Panel: 8.30 -10am Is it design’s job to save the world? A rousing debate to kick-off! Our panel of experts will offer their views on the potential for design in delivering change. Our diverse group are sure to bring a range of perspectives to the Talkaoke table and audience contributions will be actively encouraged.

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  • greengaged at the Design Council

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    London Design Festival, 21st–25th September 2009

    After an incredible launch year in 2008, the London Design Festival’s sustainability centre, greengaged, will be open again from 21-25 September with a full week of world-class events designed to help the design industry tackle the big issues around sustainable design. Hosted by the Design Council at their offices in Covent Garden, London, greengaged promises to inspire and challenge designers to create positive change.

    Competition for greengaged places will be hot. Each day, 100 designers will take part in a series of debates, workshops, seminars, field trips and more – with each day taking a different theme. Everything is free of charge and can be booked at greengaged.com/events

    Greengaged has been developed and organised by [re]design, thomas.matthews and the Sustainable Design Research Centre at Kingston University in association with the Design Council and supported by Saint Gobain.

  • Employ a Student, Employ the Future

    Communication, Communication Design

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    New Zealand’s Student Job Search invested in an effective spot of crowdsourcing via a recent competition that captured the talents of tertiary students nationwide.

    The competition was conceptualised with Tardis Design & Advertising & Ikon Communications and handed over the creative direction of the upcoming campaign (appealing to employers to list student jobs) to the students themselves. Prizes included $1000 cash and an Acer notebook for the winning entry plus the kudos of having the campaign put into circulation across the country.

    Twelve finalists were chosen from an initial response to each spend a week working on creating their campaign – for which they were compensated by the not-for profit Student Job Search recruiting service. Sebastian Boyle’s “Employ a Student, Employ the Future” campaign emerged as the clear winner with its well crafted copy that offered dynamic possibilities in how it could be used to appeal to various categories of employers.

    More surprising was the fact that Boyle is not studying Advertising or Design but rather is in his final year of Law. Helen Milner from Tardis Design noted that “one can see how both advertising and legal professionals require a strong sense of persuasiveness – a characteristic highly evident in Sebastian’s entry.” Her team were responsible for refining the concept and design ready for wider media dispatch.

    Boyle expands – “I’ve always had an interest in design and advertising and this seemed l...

  • Interactive Revelation

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Employing a clear spot-varnish, New York-based designer Reiner Tiangco has devised a poster that requires interaction to disclose its pertinent message.

    With the proliferation of lip-service being given to the world's increasingly complex challenges – we feel he makes a highly valid point.

    See more on Osocio

  • Rock Beats Paper

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Twenty thousand South African women of various ethnicities marched on Pretoria’s Union Buildings to protest the Urban Area Act in 1956. The legislation required ‘non-whites’ to carry identification documents. Demonstrators sang a song which included the line “wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo.” (you strike women, you strike a rock) and delivered bundles of petitions for the Prime Minister.

    In honour of this collective stance, August 9 was declared a public holiday in South Africa in 1994 – National Women’s Day.

    See full-size image at Osocio

  • Chalking It Up

    Education, Communication Design

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    The DIGITS campaign seeks to elevate interest in science, technology, engineering & math in the United States. It promotes “a middle school program opening minds to math and science. Figure this. Imagine that.”

    A collection of illustrators, including Nate Williams, were commissioned to playfully depict hand-drawn chalkboards that would appeal to young minds.

    Irreverent, imaginative and inspirational.

    See more at Osocio

  • In Case of Emergency: Cut Rope

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Mumbai mobile service providers Aircel recently promoted their network via a novel billboard campaign which had a real rescue boat attached which was used by Mumbaikars stranded in monoon flooding.

    The initiaive made front page news and although we ackowledge it could be viewed as corporate 'cause washing' it certainly highlights the failings of civic bodies in handling of the plight of those in monsoon effected metros. Plus it brilliantly leveraged the resulting publicity beyond the billbaord itself to further the advertiser's cheeky message to "sail through our network this monsoon."

    Giving a whole new meaning for mobile Customer Care! See & read more on the campaign from the Aircel site and at Osocio

  • Social-consciousness Meets Style-consciousness

    Poverty, Communication Design

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    Oxfam International has been given a bold, typocentric makeover by Barcelona's Hey Studio which is expected to resonate with a young Spanish audience. Oxfam pursues education, disaster management and health initiatives alongside advocacy and policy research to ensure sustainable development in combating poverty and injustice. The new look highlights issues through confronting icon-typographic mash-ups applied to a vividly coloured range of products from posters to pencils.

    Colourful, cause-related and compelling.

    See more at Osocio

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    This amazing exhibition is closing on the 24th! If you're in NYC please go! you won't regret it.

    Thanks:)

  • hello

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Let me just say that I am very happy to be a member here and being able to read so many good things. Love to all of you!

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

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