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.