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Design activism in a pandemic

COVID-19 has taught us a lot, but perhaps chief among them is how vulnerable we are as biological beings. Graphic design can help interpret this moment and mobilize people to help.

COVID-19 has taught us a lot, but perhaps chief among them is how vulnerable we are as biological beings. Graphic design can help interpret this moment and mobilize people to help.

Below is a work-in-progress study of the pandemic in visual culture:

Design for COVID-19

Founded by Rachel Smith, Design to Combat COVID-19 is organizing designers on projects related to the pandemic.

PSAs

Design isn’t just about products—it’s about outcomes. Ultimately, the most impactful outcomes are obtained through education and awareness. That’s where graphic design can make a big impact.

Rizon Parein and Mark Sloan (Mother NY) collaborated on a series of neon posters as part of the UN’s Global Call Out initiative:

Poster by Rizon Parein
Poster by Rizon Parein
Poster by João Pedro Costa
Poster by João Pedro Costa
Poster by Stephanie Potter Corwin
Poster by Stephanie Potter Corwin
Poster by Barış Cihan Peşmen
Poster by Barış Cihan Peşmen

See more works submitted to this call for art here on Talenthouse or here on Unsplash.

Designing journalism as a call to action

Sometimes the most impactful way to inspire change is to hit people with the scale of the crisis. The New York Times ran an incredible front page on May 24th with the names and a brief description of a thousand victims of COVID-19. They also did an equally stunning web experience.

A stunning NYTimes cover featuring 1,000 names of victims of COVID-19
A stunning NYTimes cover featuring 1,000 names of victims of COVID-19
Screenshot from the web feature
Screenshot from the web feature

I’ll update this as I come across more of these. What have you found? Send them to me and I’ll share here.

Field Notes

Design activism in a pandemic

COVID-19 has taught us a lot, but perhaps chief among them is how vulnerable we are as biological beings. Graphic design can help interpret this moment and mobilize people to help.

Below is a work-in-progress study of the pandemic in visual culture:

Design for COVID-19

Founded by Rachel Smith, Design to Combat COVID-19 is organizing designers on projects related to the pandemic.

PSAs

Design isn’t just about products—it’s about outcomes. Ultimately, the most impactful outcomes are obtained through education and awareness. That’s where graphic design can make a big impact.

Rizon Parein and Mark Sloan (Mother NY) collaborated on a series of neon posters as part of the UN’s Global Call Out initiative:

Poster by Rizon Parein
Poster by Rizon Parein
Poster by João Pedro Costa
Poster by João Pedro Costa
Poster by Stephanie Potter Corwin
Poster by Stephanie Potter Corwin
Poster by Barış Cihan Peşmen
Poster by Barış Cihan Peşmen

See more works submitted to this call for art here on Talenthouse or here on Unsplash.

Designing journalism as a call to action

Sometimes the most impactful way to inspire change is to hit people with the scale of the crisis. The New York Times ran an incredible front page on May 24th with the names and a brief description of a thousand victims of COVID-19. They also did an equally stunning web experience.

A stunning NYTimes cover featuring 1,000 names of victims of COVID-19
A stunning NYTimes cover featuring 1,000 names of victims of COVID-19
Screenshot from the web feature
Screenshot from the web feature

I’ll update this as I come across more of these. What have you found? Send them to me and I’ll share here.

Updated continuously • Last edited on
11.17.23
Field Notes

Design activism in a pandemic

Updated continuously •
Last edited on
11.17.23

COVID-19 has taught us a lot, but perhaps chief among them is how vulnerable we are as biological beings. Graphic design can help interpret this moment and mobilize people to help.

Below is a work-in-progress study of the pandemic in visual culture:

Design for COVID-19

Founded by Rachel Smith, Design to Combat COVID-19 is organizing designers on projects related to the pandemic.

PSAs

Design isn’t just about products—it’s about outcomes. Ultimately, the most impactful outcomes are obtained through education and awareness. That’s where graphic design can make a big impact.

Rizon Parein and Mark Sloan (Mother NY) collaborated on a series of neon posters as part of the UN’s Global Call Out initiative:

Poster by Rizon Parein
Poster by Rizon Parein
Poster by João Pedro Costa
Poster by João Pedro Costa
Poster by Stephanie Potter Corwin
Poster by Stephanie Potter Corwin
Poster by Barış Cihan Peşmen
Poster by Barış Cihan Peşmen

See more works submitted to this call for art here on Talenthouse or here on Unsplash.

Designing journalism as a call to action

Sometimes the most impactful way to inspire change is to hit people with the scale of the crisis. The New York Times ran an incredible front page on May 24th with the names and a brief description of a thousand victims of COVID-19. They also did an equally stunning web experience.

A stunning NYTimes cover featuring 1,000 names of victims of COVID-19
A stunning NYTimes cover featuring 1,000 names of victims of COVID-19
Screenshot from the web feature
Screenshot from the web feature

I’ll update this as I come across more of these. What have you found? Send them to me and I’ll share here.

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