Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’


Sunday, December 18th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5129" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="100 Days of Active Resistance"][/caption] 100 Days of Active Resistance is a beautiful compilation of images that "go deep in order to understand who we are, what the world is and how things could be better." On Day 87 you'll find the MAKE [THIS] BETTER poster. Buy the book.
  • In 2010 Vivienne Westwood and Lee Jeans launched an online manifesto-installation titled 100 Days of Active Resistance. The website invited people to submit an artwork, slogan or photograph responding to Westwood's conception of Active Resistance to Propaganda, in which she argues for culture's capacity to elevate humanity above self-destruction. It is not enough to follow world politics, see films and read the prizewinning bestsellers, she insists; this is superficial, you need to go deep in order to understand who you are, what the world is and how things could be better. This involves culture which can only be acquired by self-education: human beings should mirror the world. Starting on September 8, 2010, for100 days, one artwork was showcased online daily, ending with an exhibition displaying a selection ofthe best contributions. This volume gathers these works and commemorates the project.

A is for Aquifer

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Bold Nebraska is leading the charge to protect the Ogallala Aquifer from a pipeline full of dirty tar sands. Protect Our Aquifer, No Oil In Our Soil.

OCCUPY TOGETHER (Free Posters and Materials)

Monday, October 31st, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4957" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="DOWN-UP | Power to the Poster {dot} ORG "][/caption] OCCUPY TOGETHER The posters provided on this page were graciously donated by graphic designers and are free for you to download, print, and hang up within your community, not only to promote local efforts, but the solidarity of all occupiers around the country.

TakePart: Be A Participant Every, Single, Day.

Monday, September 5th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4900" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="About TakePart"][/caption] TakePart is the digital division of Participant Media. You can see exactly what they do above. They're amazing people doing amazing work and are really a joy to work with. View Larger Version

2012 Presidential Craziness Scorecard

Monday, August 29th, 2011
A project with

Independent Designer: Year One

Saturday, July 16th, 2011
Justin Kemerling, Designer, for one year, officially in the books. Friday, July 1st, 2011 was the day. It came, was noted, and went, as year #2 is already off and running. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen (you know who you are) and for all the support along the way from new friends, old friends and family. The work continues, and the beat goes on. Here's to another 1, 2, or 3. Onward! -- Justin Kemerling, Designer.


Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Love this site. You should too.


Monday, February 7th, 2011
In late January of 2011 I had the pleasure of giving a talk for the Art Directors Association of Iowa in Des Moines. Katie and I made the trip from Omaha. We totally had a great time and it was very nice to meet all the creative folks from the area. (Thanks for listening, and thanks for buying some prints.) And damn, we went through the super impressive wind farms of western Iowa. It was like seeing the future, one where you could still breathe the air. The gist of the talk was on Work. I've been an independent designer since July of last year. It's work that I really enjoy doing and I wanted share the framework I've put together to help guide it as I move forward. As of now, the structure of my practice consists of four parts: 1. Project/Client Work (Traditional Graphic Design) 2. Volunteer Design (Design as Community-Building) 3. Collaborations (Design as Extracurriculars) and 4. Self-Initiated Projects (Design as Art/Entrepreneurship). Taking all of these together, I’m good with designer for the answer to the question, “what kind of Work do you do?” It's more than acceptable for someone who, when I was a youngster, fit into the category of people unable to answer the all important question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And as I have a VERY hard time deciding on what to do at any given moment, designer is definitely doable. It allows for me to "mix it up," which is a huge benefit. I made this diagram when I turned 30. This helps explain things: [caption id="attachment_4172" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Why a Designer?"][/caption] Lately, I’ve been thinking about work a lot. Not only my work and what I do, but the nature of work. What kind of jobs exist in our economy? What would I do if I wasn’t a designer? What is meaningful work? What would I do if the work all dried up, what then in all of this uncertainty, in the worst economy of the last 50 years? Economy, economy, economy was the driving force in the November mid-terms. The official unemployment rate is just under 10%. Uncertainty abounds. Students I talk to are terrified of their job prospects. Twenty-seven million people are un- or underemployed in America today. And I have the great privilege to do something I enjoy every day. Because of course, it’s not all uncertainty. There’s also opportunity and discovery. Big rewards for big risks. Change, excitement, renewal. It’s an extraordinary time we live in, and you don’t have to look far to see all the amazing things happening. So for me, with this great privilege I’ve found myself in after I’ve “grown up,” to be doing work I like, partnering with exciting people every day on a wide array of creative projects, some kind of guide is crucial -- a framework that will help keep my work on an intended path. A manifesto, if you will. So for 2011, here is my very much work-in-progress (with various shout-outs), 11-point mini-manifesto on what I want living and working as a designer to mean in these days of uncertainty and opportunity. I WANT TO DO WORK THAT... 1. is part of things, 2. experiments, 3. delights, 4. is optimistic, 5. gives a damn, 6. is community-minded, 7. moves people to action, 8. points us in a direction, 9. picks a side / annoys certain people, 10. makes things better, 11. has heart, Work that feels like a natural extension of who I am, that is pushing boundaries and trying new things, putting smiles on people’s faces in unexpected ways and speaking to the better angels of our nature. Work that cares, is informed and speaks to the larger world around us. (I guess I’ve been to too many “graphic design” get togethers that seem so unaware of life outside “the profession.”) Work focused on my community where I live and call home. (Part of the push for a new economy built around local.) Work that is action-oriented, outside of consumer logic and more social or political. Work that is part of the debate in terms of how we move forward and is not neutral but is certainly part of a particular view point. Work that advocates for the side of opportunity and renewal that is out there and sometimes only needs a little push. And finally, I want to do work that has heart. (Unable to define. Will mean different things to different people.) I've been a designer for 8+ years. The Work I look back on that I really love, both paid and unpaid, fits nicely into this framework and covers each point quite well. (The specifics are detailed in the Talk.) Now, it's a matter of doing that, and only that, over and over again. Finding more of this type of Work, and turning down the other stuff that just doesn't fit. The great balancing act of holding true to the meaning while keeping the compromise to a minimum. I'm 8 months in, and with a few hiccups and detours, things are moving along at a good pace. The only thing left to do is keep on keepin' on. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer.


Friday, January 14th, 2011
BBCX365, by Johnny Selman, is a poster project to bridge the knowledge gap between global current events and the American public.
  • I will do this by creating a more visually interesting vehicle for the news, use a credible news source (BBC), and promote, market, and network. I will design a poster a day for 365 days in reaction to a headline on the BBC news website and update this website everyday with the poster and the accompanying news story. By creating posters based on the news stories I hope to compel my audience to look into the article and eventually stir a larger interest in world news with the American public.
  • In 2008 the internet overtook all other outlets for international and national news aside from television. Forty percent of Americans got their news online in 2008, up from twenty-seven percent the previous year. It can be estimated that currently over 50% of Americans use the internet as their main source of news. Nearly six-in-ten Americans younger than 30 (fifty-nine percent) say they get most of their national and international news online (Pew). With the rise in popularity of mobile devices and the continued trajectory of Americans getting their news online; this project will predominantly be based online.
  • Posters have always been a direct communication tool for the masses. Typically presented in public spaces, posters have always been a popular vehicle for graphics. Because the Web is becoming the public space where the majority of Americans are getting their news, I am trying to re-imagine the role of the poster online.


Monday, December 6th, 2010
PUBLIC SCHOOL is a group of creative folk working on the east side of Austin. This site is our outlet for sharing the things we find while working in our respective creative fields: