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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Designer Spotlight

Chaz Maviyane’s work is bold, powerful, and passionate. This particular poster, called “Freedom of Speech,” refers to the tragic bombing of a Zimbabwean independent daily paper 6 years ago. We’d like to think of Maviyane as somewhat of a “designer activist.” His visual translation of current global issues is daring as well as thought-provoking.

Chaz is best known for his work on issues of consumerism, health, social responsibility, the environment and human rights. He’s been a leader in this field for over 20 years as an educator and design professional. Maviyane-Davies has worked in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, the US and Zimbabwe where he ran the internationally known design studio “The Maviyane-Project” in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The political conditions in conjunction with the voice of his studio compelled him to leave Zimbabwe to the U.S. in 2001. He is currently a professor of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Design in Boston.

We have selected a few of his bold posters for your perusal. To learn more about Chaz click here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:16 pm  

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