"The Idea behind ‘Open Up’ is that it’s a way to easily explain to someone what it is you’re going though, be it Anxiety or Depression or another type of Mental Health issue. The booklets themselves Open Up, to reveal basic but need to know information on what the person is going though and how you can help them get through it."
RIP Gabriel García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014)
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“Love for Sale is a series inspired by the desire we all have for love. Typographic influence comes from old showcard sign painting in store windows and grocery stores advertising sales and specials. This is just the style needed for a no-nonsense marketing campaign. Some are sweet, some are dirty, some are just plain silly. Such is love.
For those of us who are single, these signs comprises a sales pitch highlighting well-honed skill sets, and the promise of romance with a witty edge. For those who are in a relationship these signs will keep the spirit alive.” - Annica Lydenberg
Click this link to view all paintings in the Love For Sale series.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
In July 2013, NSPCC launched the ‘Underwear Rule’ campaign. New TV adverts were launched last month.
“The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words or mentioning sex. we believe that everyone has a role to play to help prevent the sexual abuse of children and are encouraging parents and carers to teach their children the Underwear Rule to help them stay safe”
The Underwear Rule guide is available for download on the NSPCC website.
"The Empathy Project is a collaborative, participatory art project initiated by Paul Rucker and Curated by Marcus Civin at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Baltimore. It invites participants to explore their experiences with empathy through visual art, writing, installations, performances etc."
Read Shiva Nallaperumal's process creating the identity and materials for this project here
You can find Shiva on his work blog: alterneutral.tumblr.com
"Students enrolled in La Roche College’s Design for Social Impact created an experience that simulates the obstacles faced by undocumented immigrants in hopes to inform, raise awareness and ultimately evoke a sense of empathy that facilitates dialogue and personal reflection. The design process was a collaborative one, but each student was responsible for one of the dream stations, as well as other supplementary deliverables."
Created by graphic design students: Malia Ault, Jenna Breitbach-Eldredge, Nikki Johnson, Matt Puwalowski, Maria Vujevich, Evan Wallace and Katherine Wilson.
“Invisible In NYC developed from a public intervention exercise: Interrupt a public space with a random material, create a message and provide a means for interaction. The project evolved into a guerrilla marketing and social impact design campaign through mapping homelessness on site. By employing price per square foot, the campaign seeks to engage and provide relevancy for all New Yorkers, wherever they may fall in the complex socioeconomics of our city.”
The creatives behind this campaign: Alejandro Torres Viera, Caroline Matthews and John Olson recognise that they cannot change homelessness in NYC but they can make people recognise “the pervasive problem of people living on the streets.” Invisible in NYC is an “independent effort to encourage Mayor de Blasio to act on his affordable housing initiative.”
“Endless advertisement, hundreds recipes of ‘healthy way of life’ in the social networks, thousands TV programs about the health - all of these are not the authoritative opinion for most of us anymore.
But no one has canceled the health and health food. The Right receipt for every person is individual but there are quite a lot hints that Nature give us to develop and maintain healthy ration. And it concerns everyone without exception.
The healthy food culture is developing intensively in Ukraine. The youth of our country promulgate actively healthy way of living, tasty and useful nutrition. In confirmation of this numerous events as Best Food Fest & Health for example which are not enforce but show which way you should move to eat food that will make grey mass happy for sure.
All those thing are became the inspiration for me to create these posters: “what should you eat to live, not just exist”.
This poster series was created by Lena Smirnova. Click this link to view all posters in the series
“The Gender Based Violence Prevention Project is a new project of the Students’ Union that promotes a campus free of gender based violence. Gender Based Violence exists in both visible and invisible ways on our campus and affects the lives of many University students, staff, faculty, and community members. Through education, awareness, and institutional change, we are striving to create a campus free of gender based violence where everyone can feel safe and supported.”
For Lydia Grace McWherter's senior thesis project, she designed a series of posters for a campaign that expressed the emotions of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) through typography and illustration.
“I also wanted this project to be geared towards everyday people and not just for people suffering from the wars. It seems as though our society today focuses their attention on war veterans with PTSD, and not people that had other traumatic experiences; such as rape, car accidents, and physical abuse.”
PTSD may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events. It is is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
To view all the posters in the series click here.
Loerie Student Finalist of 2013, Rene Herman created a direct mailer to persuade corporates to support Scouts of South Africa.
"Inside the direct mailer is a typical Scouts shirt which comes with a selection of positive and negative skill badges such as first aid or stabbing. The message to the potential donors is that by choosing to sponsor Scouts SA, they can enable children to earn positive skills at Scouts rather than negative skills on the streets."
SCOUTS South Africa is a volunteer organisation that is dedicated to developing the youth of South Africa. Click this link to learn more about the organisation.
Karabo Poppy Moletsane is an illustrator and designer situated in Pretoria, South Africa. Karoba is drawn to all things which makes South Africa full of zest, culture and innovation - which explains the zine she created titled “Sho’t Left”, a zine for South African occupations.
"The purpose of this zine was to display how unique and different South African occupations are and to inform readers about the exciting facts, tools, people, colour and culture one may encounter when riding in Proudly South African taxi.
I took a trip to Church Square (Pretoria Central Business District) and interviewed people I met about their occupation and the tools they use. I came across a taxi driver, a peace officer, a hairdresser and a few “Skhotanes”.