Sappi Fine Paper North America is now accepting entries for their Ideas That Matter grant program. They started the program “to recognize and support designers who donate their time and talent to create communications materials for a wide range of charitable activities.” Applications for proposals must be postmarked by July 15. To find out more, you know the drill.
We rather like Akin Bilgic’s SF Mirrors Project. The function is antithesis of advertising billboards and posters in which companies constantly remind us that we are hopelessly incomplete without their their goods/services. The uplifting messages on these mirrors are designed to “spread a bit of random happiness” to the good people of San Francisco as they go about their days, and nights.
Valerie Pettis has just been selected as a winner of Poster for Tomorrow’s international competition advocating the abolition of the Death Penalty. Her poster, entitled “Legal Murder Is Not Justice,” was chosen from among 2094 entries submitted by designers worldwide as one of the ten most outstanding (the highest category of the competition). Pettis’s stark, black and white design replaces the Greco-Roman columns of a hall of justice with coffins.
Poster for Tomorrow is an organization that promotes activism through socially relevant design and is currently touring both the top ten and top one hundred posters in thirty-five venues across the globe.
However, the posters have sparked controversy and of the roughly one hundred countries originally scheduled to participate many have now declined. Clandestine exhibitions were mounted in many of these places, including Syria, China, Malaysia and Iran where promoters (more…)
Noah Scalin over at ALR Design is looking for submissions for The Design Activist’s Handbook a book that he is working on with writer Michelle Taute and is being published by HOW Books next year. Here’s what their looking for:
Artwork and interviews: Socially conscious design projects, both self-initiated and client projects, with good stories to go with them. We’d like to hear about failures and successes:
• Your first efforts at socially conscious design.
• Projects/situations where you struggled with ethics.
• How you manage to pursue socially conscious design and still pay the bills.
• What socially conscious design means to you.
• Situations/projects that helped you discover your power as a designer.
Referrals: Know someone else we should talk to? Or something you’d really like to see in the book? Please let us know! We’re especially interested in talking with in-house and agency designers who are working to affect change at their companies from the bottom up.
For more info submissions and referrals go here. All entries must be sent by July 16th of next week.
From The Province: “Activists have entangled two sculpted porpoises in a giant plastic six-pack ring to protest the use of throwaway plastic and its impact on West Coast marine and wildlife.
The downtown Vancouver demonstration has been organized by the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) and Vancouver advertising agency Rethink. The PPC is trying to draw attention to the fact that plastic pollution covers millions of square kilometres of ocean in the North Pacific and in the North Atlantic. Scientists expect to find similar accumulation areas in the remaining oceanic gyres. There is no known way to clean up the plastic pollution in the oceans as the plastic particles are very small and circulate throughout the entire water column. (more…)
Fuseproject and the Mexican government have teamed up to create “See Better to Learn Better,” a free new program. Acclaimed designer Yves Béhar came up with this new collection of glasses, Collección Escolar 2010, made specifically for students. His glasses are customizable for changing fashions (and prescriptions) and they’re made of nearly-unbreakable Gilamid plastic. As part of the program, schools will offer free eye exams, and the glasses themselves, which will be produced locally in Mexico.
“There has been a massive global expansion in green marketeering. BP, a.k.a.,“British Petroleum,” has spent tens of millions of dollars to develop and sell its green street cred” says Paul Taylor from the LA Examiner. I think it is safe to say that BP has an uphill battle to reclaim its environmental credibility.
For the latest news on the clean-up efforts head over to the Huffington Post
The National Geographic Museum will open a new exhibition this Wednesday, April 28 called Design for the Other 90%, a touring exhibition from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in NYC. The exhibition takes a look at designers who are developing solutions that address basic needs for the vast majority of the world’s population not traditionally served by professional designers. Of the world’s 6.5 billion people, 90% have few to none of the basic necessities required for progress and survival.