the immediate aftermath of tragedies such as the shooting at a Newtown,
Connecticut elementary school or at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston,
the issue of the escalation of gun violence in our communities typically
receives intense media coverage. But this disturbing trend typically
slips quickly from the attention of both the public and policy
makers—until another horrific event occurs.
In early 2013, AIGA sponsored participation in a campaign for change by encouraging member designers to submit a nonpartisan public-awareness poster to the “End Gun Violence” project. Like the “Get Out the Vote”
campaigns, the primary vehicle was 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
power of the “End Gun Violence” campaign is in the collection of
voices, supporting the simple premise that gun violence is detrimental
to the life of our communities. If the full strength of our profession’s
creativity can be harnessed to clarify and give form to this subject,
we may be able to command the attention of the public and to help effect
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.
Patricia Cue led students from Ohio University-Athens to Mexico where they spent ten life-changing weeks designing.
Section: Why Design -
On July 21, 2011, a group of more than 50 dedicated creative
professionals gathered in Birmingham at the AIGA Alabama Design Summit to learn, solve and model how creativity
can be harnessed to defeat the limitations facing social and economic
development in rural Alabama. A main theme of the event: Designers should leave
the studio and hit the streets. This video gives a glimpse into how that works.
Section: Why Design -
Design for Good
A panel of design leaders discuss diversity challenges, insights for influencing corporate programs, and solutions for a more inclusive design profession.
Section: Inspiration -
culture, diversity, Diversity and Inclusion