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Category Archives: Design Ethics

Project 1324: Can Art Change the World?

Can art change the world? Adobe Systems (yes, the creators of our beloved Adobe Creative Suite) says yes. Project 1324 is an Adobe social impact initiative that works with leading youth art organizations and emerging creatives around the world to create a positive impact in their communities. An inclusive initiative, you don’t have to be […]

Can you design better than AI?

Are graphic designers being replaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence)? A need for designers come into question when programs like Logojoy appear. The service is described by the founder, Dawson Whitfield as using “AI and our own company’s unique algorithms to provide premium logo creation services to our users without the assistance of a graphic designer.” […]

The Importance of Design When “Yes” Isn’t Enough

If I asked you to name the best examples of strong branding, I’m sure the first place your mind goes to isn’t college acceptance packets. Interestingly enough, however, if you take a look back at your acceptance packets, a lot of them will have really strong visual and verbal identities. Why is this? Shouldn’t a […]

You Belong at AIGA

Why should you join AIGA? AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, is the oldest and largest professional organization for design. It is a community and network of artists, designers, and creative people. This is the place where design leaders are—people who influence the profession of design. However, you don’t have to be a pro. AIGA […]

Feminism & Graphic Expression

Design for social change and specifically feminism, the struggle for women’s rights, has been, and remains a catalyst for women’s liberation. Women have used graphics to empower and voice their beliefs since the first wave of feminism, the suffragettes, to the women’s liberation movement of the 60’s and 70’s, and the activist groups today, otherwise known […]

Political Activism 101: Cultural Jamming with Ad Campaigns

  Is your daily live polluted by boisterous advertisements? Do you want to make the public conscious of the contradictions with corporate America? Is the world’s current economic situation making you upset? Do you have a graphic design and art skills? If you answered YES to any of these questions, how about starting and employing […]

Beautifying the Streets and Educating Youth with Street Art

Wouldn’t you like to see more public art on the walls? Well the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia does just that. The program was established in 1984—when the crack epidemic was at full peak—as a way to transform troubled youth into productive young adults by introducing them to art making techniques in street art. These […]

Books to be Business Savvy

Being new to the freelance world, I am always looking for more content to help me become a better freelance designer and business woman. Over the past year, there have been two books that I have referred to for tips, tricks, and advice. The first book is very well-known and is called GirlBoss. Written by the founder […]

The Client Isn’t Always Right

I hate it. I hate it when people talk about “just doing what the client wants.” How that’s a designer’s job. Maybe I hate the reality it implies, but I definitely hate the reality that mentality is creating. The more we say and abide by that phrase, the more everyone else believes that that’s all […]

Feminism in Design: Sex-Based Economic Inequality

If you know a woman or are a woman, you need to keep reading. Although the gender pay gap has narrowed in the last fifty years, it still persists today, and researchers maintain it won’t close until 2152. Women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation, and design is no exception. Even though women […]