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Anne Katzeff

Belmont, MA, United States

Designer (Web Design)

Member since January 29, 2009

  • Sochi Olympics: Lessons Beyond Design

    Education, Communication Design


    Classes for the spring semester began last week at Lasell College, where I teach. In my Graphic Design 1 class, I introduced the first project, which is a poster design for the Sochi Winter Olympics. After reviewing the specifications (size, colors, required elements) and target audience, we began thinking about the poster’s message. I asked the class, “So…. anything of interest happening in Sochi these past few months? Like any controversies?” Finally, one student mentioned the newly passed anti-gay law. We had a brief discussion about it. As part of their research for the project, I encouraged them to find out more so we could discuss it further. I had researched it myself and shared what I had found.

    President Vladimir Putin signed a law at the end of June prohibiting the promotion of nontraditional sexual relationships to minors. It has been interpreted as banning gay pride parades — children might see them — and preventing any discussion of homosexuality among teenagers. — Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2013

    The law is a violation of human rights and is incompatible with the Olympic principle of inclusion. Throughout the world, many have voiced their objections to this law by calling for a boycott of the Olympic Games. President Obama is one of several world leaders who are not attending as a result of Russia’s human rights violations. On the other hand, people argue that having a strong gay presence at the games would be a more effective ...

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  • Industrial Design
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  • Audio/Visual Design