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  • What would you ask John Emerson of Backspace?

    Education, Communication Design


    This week only, we're scouting for questions for John Emerson founder of Backspace, a design consultancy dedicated to research, development, and promotion of design in the public interest.

    What would you ask John? Nominate your questions by August 21.

    Based in New York, John has designed websites, print and motion graphics for media companies as well as non-profit organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the United Nations, and United for Peace & Justice.

    His writing on design has been featured in Communication Arts, Metropolis, Print and The Wall Street Journal. Since 2002, he has published Social Design Notes, a blog about the intersection of design and activism.

    He describes himself as someone who doesn’t “pretend that social and political problems can be solved with graphics or technology," but says that "tools, technologies, and techniques of communication can profoundly alter our relationship to the world, to power, and to each other.”

    He also wrote and designed Visualizing Information for Advocacy, a booklet that introduces advocacy organizations to the basic principles and techniques of information design.

    John has inspired many through his research, writing and design work; now it's your chance to ask him for his thoughts on design and social activism.

    Post your questions to John here by August 21 at 4pm EST.

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    John, from the point of spirit and manifesting what do you ultimately hope to accomplish and what is your hope for the long view?

    Namaste Dear Brother! The Time is Now.

    Bill Sonic Fricke

  • How do you envision social designers will be able to rescue issues of sustainability and environmental stewardship from green marketing and duplicate efforts worldwide?

    How do we make the practice of balance of resources and wise use of energy a true world effort and not let fade into a marketing campaign?

    Chakris Kussalanant

  • What do you think of the Design 21 model of design activism?

  • What distinctions do you deal with when visualizing information across cultures? What should designers be aware of when designing outside of their own cultural norms?

  • Hi john, I live in Rio de Janeiro and one of the main problems here is violence,which, historicaly, has been promoted by the growth of parallel micropower and corruption, this afect the behavior of individuals. Assuming that sustainability request an interdependent net of vectors to achve it.

    In your opinion, which are the perspectives for sustainability and sustainable design in a cenario like this? Is the activim a path?

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    Dear John, bringing together ideas from one of the last posts in your blog (Don't Buy Any Food You've Ever Seen Advertised) and one of the themes approached in your book (Information Design for Consumer Education), I would say that not only "most healthy food is not advertised", but also that most healthy food producers do not offer good, understandable and educational information about their own products. While it is very easy to understand why big brands would prefer to use lots of hyperbolic adjectives instead of clear information, it is hard to grasp why small-medium sustainable-organic-fair-trade producers do not "isotype" their data to the public and start to push new standards this way. If a great deal of consumers are ready to make informed purchases but the growing sector of "good products" producers are not ready to provide it, should not information designers and activists try to take over this task within this emerging sector (offering, for example, suggestions to redesign labels from products they know and approve) and use this opportunity to school consumers? Could you point me cases where that is already happening? Grüße aus Deutschland e saudações do Brasil Semiographik

  • How can someone get into the niche world of social design as a full-time profession?

  • Would like to hear from J.E. about "case studies" of consumer "education" through packaging design.

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