Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

Good50×70 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2257" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Social Communication Project"][/caption] Though you will be asked to design a social poster on a social brief for a nongovernmental organization only a few times in your career, it is nonetheless true that, year after year, charities are in dire need of raising public awareness on their daily activity. It's GOOD 50x70 2010. You know what to do. [caption id="attachment_2259" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="HEALTHCARE DEPRIVATION Andre Casaclang, Australia, 2009 Edition"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2260" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="GLOBAL WARMING Malgorzata Bedowska, Poland, 2009 Edition"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2261" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="READY TO BLOW Gökhan Apaydın, Turkey, 2009 Edition"][/caption]

charity: water

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2224" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water."][/caption] Scott Harrison of Charity: Water spoke last Friday at the Big Omaha conference. I'd say it was the best of the weekend. An impassioned plea to end the water crisis. To take on that far too high a number of one billion people that lack access to clean water. His story is truly inspiring. Reimagining the idea charity, creating a design that doesn't suck, and allowing people to connect to the cause on the ground they decide to support. In this case a well for $5000 that serves 250 people with clean, safe water. It is a crisis. And we can solve it. In Scott's words: If not now, when? If not us, who?

BIG OMAHA 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2207" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Big Omaha 2010"][/caption] Big Omaha is Silicon Prairie News’ (SPN) premier event, held each May in Omaha, Nebraska. This year's speakers include Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com, Dennis Crowley of foursquare and Scott Harrison from Charity: Water. There's a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs who are passionately making their mark on our community and Big Omaha is for them. This event brings together the region's best and brightest to motivate, challenge, excite and connect with one another, and in turn raise the bar on the level of work we're producing. Should be a good time. And props, of course, to the guys at Oxide Design for the nice, nice design. [caption id="attachment_2208" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="From Big Omaha 2009"][/caption]

B Corporation

Monday, April 19th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1960" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Certified B Corporation"][/caption] B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Part of the responsibility revolution.   [caption id="attachment_1961" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Some notable B Corps"][/caption]

poster for tomorrow | abolition of the death penalty

Friday, April 16th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1946" align="alignnone" width="505" caption="capital punishment breaches the universal declaration of human rights. it's that simple."][/caption] poster for tomorrow, an international project to promote active citizenship through the medium of design, has announced their competition for 2010. This year they're calling for universal abolition of the death penalty under the theme: death is not justice. Download the Call for Entries. We believe in design, and posters, as a medium to inspire social change. What you create as an artist, graphic designer or art director can inform, provoke emotion and motivate people to action. It’s a great gift. And a gift you can use to inspire change in the world. We believe the death penalty is a violation of human rights and that it has no place in modern society. And that’s what we want to change in 2010. We hope you’ll join us. One poster is a start. But hundreds, thousands, become a movement that cannot be denied.

The Haiti Poster Project

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1632" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A collaborative effort by the design community to help effect change."][/caption] My wife and I like to make time to work on projects together. She's more of a writer, myself more of a designer. Together, we're a force to be reckoned with. Recently, as tragedy struck Haiti, and the world scrambled to find ways to help, we wanted to spend some of our time together making something that could be part of the effort to help the people living through such a horrendous situation. With the goal of raising $1,000,000 for Doctors Without Borders, The Haiti Poster Project was conceived as a collective effort by the design community to unite and effect change. This collaboration of artists and designers from around the world benefitting victims of the earthquake in Haiti was an effort we whole-heartedly support. And we made this poster together for the effort. [caption id="attachment_1596" align="alignnone" width="488" caption="Limited Edition 3-Color Silk Screen"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1607" align="alignnone" width="488" caption="140C Pop-Tone Sno Cone French Paper"][/caption] The site launched March 23. You can purchase the posters beginning on April 5, 2010. "When others are in trouble, we feel it in our hearts. And it's with our hearts, we reach out to help in any way we know how. 'Compassion to the Rescue' is a phrase that can ring true to anyone anywhere. This whimsical, hand-drawn design is meant to bring smiles and inspire action. With a little love, we can do anything, especially help all those people who are hurting in Haiti." --Katie Kemerling [caption id="attachment_1633" align="alignnone" width="488" caption="All money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders."][/caption]

We went from nothing to something with a budget of zero and a meeting on the second Tuesday of every month over the noon hour. (Feel free to bring your lunch.)

Friday, February 26th, 2010
A STORY OF VOLUNTEER DESIGN [caption id="attachment_819" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Personal pledge cards for our community group Lincoln Green by Design."][/caption] This article is part of The Volunteer Design Chronicles appearing on Design Observer. On a random weekend evening my wife and I decided to sit down and write some lines about environmental stewardship. They turned into personal pledge cards for a community organization I got myself involved with called Lincoln Green by Design. The cards were designed in an eco-friendly way, made out of paper scraps from past print runs. The messages were both sustainable and witty. One of my personal favorites was "I will eat local. Food not people." Right up there with "I will stop (using plastic sacks) in the name of love." Our small effort was just one part of a bunch of other small efforts by a handful of dedicated creative people who jumped in and helped make this loose collection of concerned citizens into something worthy of attention. There has never been a budget. No real hierarchy. Certainly no hard, fast timelines. The only thing we could count on was a monthly meeting led by our group's founder. But what started as a four-page outline of goals/actions has became a visible advocate for a sustainable future in our city. Now, in terms of visual communications, taking on the design of such a group has been an exercise in volunteering where a designer is just another citizen. And the messy workings of a community organization has led to both "pull your hair out" and "stand up and cheer." How the identity design has worked shows it's possible, with extremely limited resources and a good amount of stubborn dedication, to make something happen in your community. Right now. Today. There's a good chance any given area has people who are good at graphic design, illustration, Web design, programming, writing, event planning, connection making, community organizing, public speaking and joke telling and want to get their hands dirty. Put all those together and you've got something that's ready for positive impact. [caption id="attachment_834" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="1.5 inch buttons. Strength in numbers."][/caption] Here's a quick rundown on how this all came together: I sign up for an email list at which time I find out about a gathering of like-minded environmentalists, so I go. I get invited to dinner the next night to talk about a new organization that's starting. I get briefed at the dinner. It's a group that wants to get our local government to think sustainably and in the long-term. The usual things are needed first: logo, brand, Web site, etc. It's an exciting endeavor that I decide to help in any way I can. I go to my first lunch meeting with a group of about 15 people. We all sit around a big table and discuss our goals. I present my concepts. We discuss. Everybody has their say. We decide on a direction. I finalize things and we have a design. As things have unfolded, I've become a firm believer in a community's ability to come together and work toward a common goal for a greater good. This group is committed to making our city green by design. And with our intentions and our efforts, we will help Lincoln get there. Several other designers started getting involved. Brochures and posters were designed. Illustrations were created. Events were planned to showcase LEED architecture. A printer who is working at becoming the greenest printer in Nebraska lent its services. A local design firm offered to build our site. A wildly successful Earth Day celebration was planned and executed. [caption id="attachment_841" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Screenprint Posters. Power Lincoln Forever."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_842" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="LEED in Lincoln Event Postcards."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_843" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="LincolnGreenbyDesign.com: A community hub."][/caption] And, of course, we Facebook. Even the Mayor's Sustainability Coordinator has taken note of the impact our little band of volunteers has had thus far and recognizes the important role we can play in shaping our future policies. [caption id="attachment_846" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Friend us on Facebook."][/caption] What makes me smile when I think about where this group is at today, is just how haphazard, random and messy the whole process has been. Opinions differ. Signals get crossed. Ideas misunderstood. Commitments broken. Meetings forgotten about. Balls dropped. There are false starts and missteps. People move away or stop coming to meetings. New people enter the mix. We of course talk a good game which sometimes leads to that feeling that we aren't getting anything done. All the while, slowly trudging along. We aren't the most efficient group around. And the design process is constantly in flux. But we have certainly built something. The design apparatus that is Lincoln Green by Design holds the thinking and activism of a volunteer community of dedicated individuals who intend to leave the world better than we found it. [caption id="attachment_847" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Working for a sustainable Lincoln and Lancaster County."][/caption] We are a small part of a global movement working on a local level to create a sustainable future. It's the kind of effort that's important enough to bring in talented people who are ready to role up their sleeves and get to work. And who have a sunny enough disposition to keep at it when things go a little haywire or our budget of zero goes more into the red. It's about community. It's about people coming together to make change where they live. And it's certainly something my wife and I can get behind. Enough so that we write lines about not eating local people on the weekend. All of the work shown here are collaborative efforts between a very dedicated group of community-minded creative people. Many thanks to Katie Kemerling, Ashley Rolf, Kevin Fitzgerald, Brad Kindler, Ken Johnson, Miriah Zajic and A to Z Printing, Clint! Runge and Brandon Miller from Archrival, Christine Hunt, Stuart Long, Tyler Mainquist, Dan King, David Ochsner, Cecil Steward and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer. justinkemerling.com

Handpulled for Haiti

Monday, February 8th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_1010" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Handpulled for Haiti | Mayday by Karen Koch"][/caption] From W+K Studio: A benefit show for the Haiti relief effort, all PRINT proceeds go directly to Mercy Corps. Our friends Karen, Curt and Steve are part of the effort with some lovely posters. The opening was February 4th in Portland. You can visit their online store to make a purchase and help the cause. [caption id="attachment_1011" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Frustration by Curtis Pachunka | We Need Somebody by Steve Denekas"][/caption]

Design for Haiti

Monday, January 25th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_631" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="DesignforHaiti.com: A creative call to action to design."][/caption] Design for Haiti is another design project from Aaron Perry-Zucker (Design for Obama, makeUSgreen). The mission: to collect Haiti posters that either advocate relief efforts or visualize information leading to a better understanding of the situation in Haiti. "We are especially seeking top notch info graphics that give the audience an 'ah-hah' moment where they learn something and perhaps see the situation differently." Consider it a creative call to action to design. The following images are several fine examples. [caption id="attachment_636" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Ayudemos a Haití by Neos Brand | The Living sleep among the Dead 2 by Christopher Griego"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_637" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Help Haiti by Xhengis | Aid Within by deedee914"][/caption]