Design Activism

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In Steven Heller’s recent essay featured on Design Observer, “America’s Big Design Problem,” he discusses how now, more than ever, designers must be progressive thinkers and makers. While some feel design should not politicize, many feel that taking a stand for one’s point of view is exactly what design is meant to do.

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Symbolizing Despair and Inspiring Hope

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I overheard one of my students talking recently about how he has a friend who only contacts him through memes. In fact, he questioned whether this person even exists, since they don’t ever actually speak, they only converse through memes.

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Graphic Designers Get Political

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Pin design from Sagmeister & Walsh’s latest project

As Americans await the second debate this weekend with less than a month to go to election day, there are some graphic designers who are taking a stand.

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Fashion Week: When Does It Become Dangerous?

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Fashion week is here again. It’s fun, it’s festive, often ludicrous, but is it also dangerous?

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Subverting the Narrative

photo by Justin Dingwall

photo by Justin Dingwall

It won’t come as news to most of us that Photoshop and the multitude of photo apps that alter images have led to unrealistic views of ourselves.

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Trump-Pen-an-ce

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I know the man’s name is Pence, but I can’t help seeing “Penance,” and wondering what we’ve done wrong as a nation that was so bad to deserve this.

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Celebrating African Activists

Nigerian artist Fred Martins uses the symbol of the Afro Comb to celebrate significant African activists, who were jailed fighting for freedom and fairness.

Nigerian artist Fred Martins uses the symbol of the Afro Comb to celebrate significant African activists, who were jailed fighting for freedom and fairness.

Nigerian artist Fred Martins is making a name for himself as a graphic design advocate.

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Battling Visual Plagiarism

Illustration by Adam Quinones

As a graphic design educator or practitioner, battling against visual plagiarism can be frustrating and daunting.

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Incorporating Earth Day into our every day practice

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3 x 3 foot display created by Graphic Design student Cristina Torres, made entirely from recycled products

Happy Earth Day 2016! As scientists offer dire predictions of doom due to global warming, it’s inspiring to see how some global citizens are making changes.

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Teach our Girls to Code!

Poster design by Mariah Salter

Poster design by Graphic Design student Mariah Salter

Historically, women are woefully under-represented in computing and technology fields.

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