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elisa ruffino

pasadena, United States

Producer, Designmatters at Art Center College of Design

Member since August 07, 2008


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    Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

    “We all have hands. This image attaches humanity and anatomy in one image. Handprints are a universal way of communicating humanity.”

    Christopher Kosek

    Poster title: “Somebody”

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    Article 26. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

    “I wanted to show the voice of a child pleading. Our teacher’s daughter wrote out my copy in her own handwriting and spelling. I was able to see how a real child would write my idea out and I used that in my design.”

    Christopher Kosek

    Poster title: “I Wish”

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    Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

    Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

    Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

    “My mother grew up in Communist Poland and she’d tell me stories of being in fear of the Secret Police…who could arrest and ‘disappear’ people for any reason at any time. These things still happen today!”

    Christopher Kosek

    Poster title: “Your Thoughts Are Illegal”

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    Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

    “I was in communication with Australian photographer Tim Grant, who works with landmine awareness organizations. Seeing his images of real landmines and the victims of landmines inspired me to tackle this topic.”

    Christopher Kosek

    Poster title: “Mine Field”

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    Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

    “By using a child’s drawing, I hoped to echo the voice of a child being forced to become a real soldier. I felt that a child-like illustration would have more visual impact than more sophisticated visuals, or mere statistics.”

    Christopher Kosek

    Poster title: “Child Soldiers”

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    Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    “I wanted to create a visceral image that causes an uneasy reaction and then juxtapose it with a word that is its polar opposite. One teacher was disgusted by the image yet couldn’t look away. That was the reaction I was looking for.”

    Daniel Chang

    Poster title: “Peace”

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    Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    “This is something that should not be happening in modern women’s lives. We want to bring awareness to how readily available acid is, and that in some countries acid attacks against women are increasing at a disturbing rate.”

    Heather East, Bennett McCall, Brian Scott

    Poster title: “Acid Attack!”

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    Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

    “The struggle to maintain and uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has not been easy. It deserves the utmost attention and respect.”

    Matt Wood

    Poster title: “Human Rights Article #29”

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    Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

    “The brown paper represents the planet, the colors are contrasting yet unified, and the lines communicate progress and connection.”

    Matt Wood

    Poster title: “Human Rights Article 20”

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    Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

    “I believe art can serve to create awareness and open a dialogue about topics that people wouldn’t talk about otherwise. I felt an emotional connection when I read about the plights of these children. I wanted my image to evoke both rage and sympathy.”

    Sharon Levy (Photography by Heather East)

    Poster title: “Sweatshop Sally”

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design