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This project is a social awareness campaign, driven by design directives pertaining to how communication design can make a difference in society. In preparation for the assignment, we were asked the following questions: How might we make a difference in the world by means of communication design? How might we change the way companies and corporations operate? How might we stimulate and persuade civilians to participate in addressing issues affecting their community, their country or the world at large? Our goal was clear: We wanted to create a campaign that connected people with the real world instead of a virtual one.
As this was a student project, we had no budget. We paid $5.00 for our domain. The outdoor spaces were photographed by one of the designers. We used royalty-free stock photos on the products. One of the designers involved in the project had a boyfriend who worked as a professional photographer, and he shot our bio photos.
Most of our research was done online since that was the best source for current data. We took some of that data and created infographics that are featured on our website and refer back to the articles. We also used our own experiences as a way to connect with our audience.
The research helped define the problem: In order to reach as large an audience as possible, this campaign needed to take multiple routes. We were looking to encourage our audience to disengage from their digital devices long enough to engage with their surroundings. This meant that we had to find ways to connect at different touchpoints that people have throughout the day, whether online and offline.
Our target audience is large and diverse. The social awareness campaign is intended to span socioeconomic boundaries, as well as age, education and location.
We presented our campaign to the communication design department chair at Harrington College of Design on the last day of class, where it was well-received. The day after presenting, we launched a Facebook campaign to start the conversation. We plan to send an email blast to all students at Harrington during the fall 2013 semester. The project was also featured in a student show at the school. Our goal is to expand the dialogue beyond the classroom. Ideally we would like to see the concept produced as part of an awareness campaign implemented on a city level.
If you work on a project like this, you’ll get called out whenever you pull out your phone or iPad.
Michael Conforti, PhD, asserts that every image is an
inherent expression of its cultural connotations. As a result, the most
natural and coherent presentation of a brand resonates with an audience
because it is in tune with this historical knowledge. Dave Kuehler talks about the
real-world application of Conforti’s ideas.
Section: Why Design -
Conference , culture, business
Students seem to be always stressed out. Tight deadlines, poor time management, balancing school and life, taking too much on. As an educator, I may be on the other side of the fence, but I can totally relate.
Section: Tools and Resources
For Landor’s pro-bono program, Brand Aid, the design team created an entirely new visual system for Global Health Corps, a nonprofit fellowship
program with the mission to advance social justice through the health equity movement.
Section: Why Design -
advertising, information design, branding, graphic design, identity design, marketing, nonprofit, print design, user research, Design for Good, brochure, fonts, identity system, symbols, website, health, pro bono, social responsibility
Striking a balance between accessible and sophisticated, this campaign for a Bay Area arts institution sought to attract area audiences that might be curious about art but intimidated by high culture. “Friendly hip, not hipster hip” was a guiding principle.
Section: Why Design -
advertising, communication design, environmental design, experience design, graphic design, marketing, nonprofit, print design, user research, Competition, mass communication, posters, print advertising, signage, culture, diversity
John Lennon: The New York City Years
Ralph Appelbaum Associates Inc
External Resources (cont.)
Fanta Visual Identity System Launch Video
Grey Group Signage and Environmental Graphics