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The escalation of gun violence in our communities was evidenced most recently in the tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. While such events receive intense media coverage in the immediate aftermath, this disturbing trend typically slips from the attention of both the public and policy makers—until another horrific event occurs.
We are not powerless. If the full strength of our profession’s
creativity can be harnessed to clarify and give form to this subject, we
able to command the attention of the public and to help effect a
solution. As a community of designers, through AIGA, we can amplify our
AIGA encourages you to participate in a campaign for change by
submitting a nonpartisan public-awareness poster to the “End Gun Violence” project.
The purpose here is to take action, rather than remain passive
observers. We call upon our fellow members to participate in a nonpartisan
effort focused on this critical social issue. As a profession, we have a
responsibility to address the things that matter. We have the ability to do
real and lasting good.
Like the “Get Out the Vote” campaigns, the primary vehicle will
be an open, online collection of members’ designs bearing the
AIGA campaign identity, where visitors can download a PDF version to print and post, or an image to share on social media.
There is no single message—the power of the “End Gun Violence” campaign will be in the collection of our voices. Visuals and text must be
nonpartisan, supporting the simple premise that gun violence is detrimental to
the life of our communities. Any AIGA member will be entitled to post designs
in the gallery.
AIGA encourages members to seize the initiative in activating
our community on issues that matter in a constructive, nonpartisan and
persuasive manner. These efforts reinforce the power of the design community
and the relevance of their creative talents.
To participate, download the design brief to create your poster and return here to submit your entry.
Richard Grefé John ClarkExecutive director, AIGA AIGA member, AIGA Los Angeles
The eight most recent submissions are shown below—visit endgunviolence.aiga.org to see the full collection.
What if the gun was pointed at you? It is time to stop the madness and the time is now!
Children are killed everyday by gun related accidents/incidents. Some of them don't have a voice...let's give them one. End gun violence.
The end of innocence.
My poster is aimed to teach the youth of our country the importance of gun safety and gun laws. We are at a time where gun laws are loose enough that people of all ages can obtain a firearm either legally or illegally. To insure a safe future, we as a community must teach the newer generations of the importance to follow these laws and to respect these pieces of machinery and most importantly the lives of one another.
85 individuals are killed by firearms each day. That's 31,025 deaths per year. This staggering statistic can be easily decreased by practicing gun safety. Be gun-smart, be gun-safe. Stop the violence.
We often pride ourselves in being the leading nation in many things. This isn't something to be proudful of. It is baffling that we have 50 times more gun homicides than the next country.
Ending gun violence is more than just the emphasis on the gun. Even if we were to remove the gun there would still be violence. It is about changing the way we approach people, the way we solve problems. We have to go to the root of the problem and change ourselves first.
I wanted to draw attention to one of the acts of violence that we are most exposed to, mass shootings. The Bang Gun signifies stopping gun violence, as it is not a real gun.
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