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Designer Activism

Activist groups turn to high-profile designers for marketing purposes

Trend - Activists embrace visually engaging opportunities with designers to capture people's attention when advocating for social and ecological change. More specifically, the latest collaborations involve well-known designers and artists. These partnerships guarantee boundary-pushing campaigns, and take advantage of the creator’s high-profile status to push messaging to a broader audience.

Insight - Many individuals find it hard to discuss certain sensitive issues, and so design-friendly activist materials are not only educational but also easier to interact with. This works particularly well on Millennials and Gen Z who are drawn to aesthetics and might feel compelled to share on social media. In this way, activist groups can introduce issues in less confrontational ways and invite the public to partake in open conversations that minimize shared anxieties.
Workshop Question - How can your brand introduce a social issue in an eloquent way?
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Arty Climate Change Posters
Arty Climate Change Posters
Extinction Rebellion's Bold Posters Capture Attention Through Art
Extinction Rebellion has debuted a brand new design-savvy identity and a range of striking climate change posters that are sure to capture the public’s attention. The action group has launched... MORE
Honest Hawaiian Shirt Prints
Honest Hawaiian Shirt Prints
The Parley for the Oceans x Adolfo Correa Collab Builds On Pollution
Not-for-profit organization Parley for the Oceans and Spanish designer Adolfo Correa for beer brand Corona come together in the design of a set of incredibly honest Hawaiian shirt prints that... MORE
Politically Charged Exhibitions
Politically Charged Exhibitions
London's Design Museum Displays Powerful Political Illustrations
The last decade has been extremely charged with social, political and economic movements—from Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the Charlie Hebdo attacks and digital media anxiety,... MORE
Colourfully Powerful Activist Identity
Colourfully Powerful Activist Identity
Arise Attempts to Shift the Meaning for Women to Leaders
As visual language is an incredibly important aspect of a brand’s status in society, a proper, design-forward activist identity is also key in bringing people together in a uniform and creative... MORE
Artist-Designed Human Rights Flags
Artist-Designed Human Rights Flags
Ai Weiwei's Footprint Flag is Created to Raise Awareness
An artist and an activist, Ai Weiwei designed a human rights flag to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Minimalist in appearance — a dotted silhouette of... MORE
Collaborative Activism Projects
Collaborative Activism Projects
'We Are Human Rights' Pairs Designers with Activists
Spearheaded by Dutch designer Bernhard Lenger, ‘We Are Human Rights’ is a new project that helps activists develop tools for change by pairing them up with designers. This collaborative... MORE

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