Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation is the non-profit organization I decided to do my posters on. They help give home to dogs, cats, and various other small animals. They also have fostering, volunteering, and educational programs to raise awareness and help the animals.
I decided to base my posters on old propaganda posters as well as Bauhaus inspired artwork. I did so because those old posters were usually bold and straight to the point, so that anyone could understand the concept easily. Since these would appeal to the general audience, I did not want to put too much concept on them so I made them very bold and with a single word that dealt with adopting, fostering, and educating.
Music4All is a non-profit organization that focus on hands on training of everything music to children with and without disabilities as well as adults. The founder, Britael Benitez is a Dj that wanted to give his time and music experience to people of all ages. This organization aims to help children and adults get motivated, cope with challenges, helps them to bond and develop positive attitudes.
I worked together with Music4All to design impactful concepts using colors and shapes to create a sustainable solution. Each poster was created by using the different equipment used by DJs. The bright colors were inspired by the neon color lights that DJ’s use to give an exciting environment for its audience. I believe that the bright colors and faces will capture the eye of my audience. My goal is to bring awareness to this organization even just by a little with these posters. These posters were made as part of the Design is Change project and were donated to the organization, Music4All.
Branches United Methodist Is the nonprofit organization I selected for this poster campaign series. The reason I chose them is simply because they are more than an organization. THE reason I state that their more than an organization is due to the fact that they see each other as a second family. Branches United Methodist is an institution that works with youth and adults to assist them in their lives and guide them hand in hand.MY poster series was created to embody the Code and mentality of the staff at Branches. Which is to go, and lend a helping hand, whether it be for the community or a member of the congregation. The reason I chose to use hands for the main visuals was due to the fact that Branches takes it to the next step. Instead of an organization building itself up. The people of Branches band together as a collective to build the world around. Which demonstrated to me personally that this was an institution that I could see myself being apart off.
All in all Branches is program is structured in a three tier set up. In which the grow programs help enrich and build students that fall in to the Grades of Kindergarten through 5th grade. While the Climb Program is structured for middle school and high school students. Finally the achieve program which helps with managing finances and prepping you to battle the real world.
I worked with the non-profit organization called My Angel with Paws to create a series of 10 posters to bring awareness. They are an 100% volunteer based organization located in Deland, FL who are committed to expanding public understanding and knowledge of the needs of children and adults with disabilities through the rescuing, breeding, training, placement and continuing education of service dogs in the state of Florida. One of their main goals while training these dogs is to help people with disabilities live fuller, more independent lives.
I knew that I wanted to work with an organization that either dealt with dogs or people with disabilities and this was the perfect blend of both. I myself have three dogs and they bring an incredible amount of joy to my life, so I can imagine what an impact they have on someone with a disability.
The concept I went with of these really large dogs is to emphasize the importance that the dogs have on children and adults with disabilities. I wanted them to be bright and positive and for there to be something that stands out to catch someone’s attention and encourage them to come closer and read the text that provides some educational feedback on the type of service these dogs provide.
Abstract: My organization was Operation Paw. This organization helps stray cats across the community by capturing, spaying, and releasing. They want to inform the community and ultimately become a no-kill community. I really connected with this organization because my cat was a stray I took in as well, she ended up having kittens instantly but afterwards we were able to get her fixed with the help of a shelter. It is really important to inform people about these issues, this way the amount of homeless animals would decrease and they would be taken care of much better. My concept for the project was to depict the cats as secret agents. This idea was a play off the company’s name, and how it reminded me of going on a secret mission. I wanted to bring out the cats personalities and have a funny twist to it as well.
I have been passionate about birds since my very first cockatiel, Sandy. She was only 7 years old when she passed away and I felt responsible because of my ignorance when it came to her care. I have made it my life long goal to care for these amazing animals and currently own 2 cockatiels that are around 14 years old. It may seem like a long time but they are only half way through their estimated lifespan. When people purchase birds, a lot of them don’t realize how long birds live for. Where do these birds end up when they are unwanted or when they can’t be cared for? Some end up outside and will end up dying as a result of people’s ignorance but most will end up in sanctuaries and non-profit adopt shelters. The only difference is that these places are unknown because of lack of advertisements or publicity. The Humane Society is the most common adoption shelter known but they do not have bird adoptions. I believe that these shelters need a voice to spread the word that birds are available for adoption or that you can surrender your birds to a safe environment so that they live out their long lives. My poster will emphasize on how long these birds truly live, where they can be surrendered, where they can be adopted, nutrition, and promote the organization itself to encourage people to visit them.
I chose to work with the non profit organization Urbanplay Fitness, I wanted to create a series of posters that would help encourage and promote a healthier lifestyle for children through eating healthy natural foods and engaging in outdoor playful activities.
For My Design is Change Project I decided to use Island Dolphin Care as my nonprofit organization. Island Dolphin Care Works with Marine animals, specifically dolphins, to provide special therapeutic programs for children and adults as well as their families. Within the program, the animals and humans also learn to respect and learn about each other in educational and inspirational ways.
My posters represent love and bondage between the dolphins and children, as well as the relationships that form in the programs, helping them reach their desired goals.
The main mission was to empower, guide, and support youth and families to become strong advocates for their needs and wellbeing. The vision was to help build healthy communities through a youth and family driven approach by connecting them to resources and services to succeed in school, at home, and life. Through out the poster i went with a positive attitude and draw attention to the help they can provide.
For the non-profit poster series I chose to create posters for the Alzheimer’s Association. The association was founded in 1980 and is a voluntary organization that specializes in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The disease progressively gets worse. I chose this organization because I believe that the mind and memory is one of the worst things a person can lose and I had a great grandfather who suffered from the disease.
The posters take the idea of “foggy memory” when someone cannot remember something by covering a recognizable image that represents an aspect in someone’s life with a cloudy effect. It would appear as though the image would eventually be overcome by the clouds leading to “forgotten”. The text is also written in a cloudy style so that it too appears to eventually disappear.
With these posters I hope that those who see them would connect to at least one and feel that they would not want to forget that aspect, leading to assisting the organization.
We often forget about our dependency on our oceans; from the food we eat to the air we breath. We have to share this Earth with every living creature on this planet; as humans, we’ve only taken. By disregarding nature and hurting our planet for our gains and benefits we forget how much we rely on it everyday. We must educate ourselves to understand what we have done to our world, and use all of our resources to the best of our abilities to fix it.
I selected Ocean Conservancy because it focuses on battling climate change, protecting the arctic, combating acidification, and cleaning up trash that threatens our oceans as well as the well being of all humans and wildlife as a whole. The ocean is important to me; it is beautiful, mysterious, and terrifying. As a Miami-born South Floridian, the ocean is a big part of my life and my identity. But right now, the ocean and its inhabitants are hurting, and I truly believe the best way to combat this epidemic, is through education and action.
I designed a poster series called A Different Garden for a local non-profit organization in Miami, Florida called Children’s Resources. Children’s Resources is a dedicated pre-school for children with special needs to help enhance their learning potential through educational and therapeutic programs. Their goal is to help kids learn at the pace that they need in order to grow into adults that can live to their fullest potential. I chose to help bring awareness to this organization because I have always been an advocate for specialized education. I learned that the Inclusion program is a type of learning method that has been explored in educational research that the school uses and sometimes is compared to nurturing a garden. I wanted the posters to emphasize the idea of being different seem positive and that even though the undeveloped plant may not be quite there, that they could eventually get to their full potential. I would love for the posters to exist not only in physical form but also online with the ever-changing digital age it could reach a larger audience at a faster rate. So if I can make any small difference in the community by delivering this message; that for me would be enough.
I recently joined a nonprofit organization that has chapters around the world that gather people of all kinds within the community. They are here to give back and car for those who are less fortunate. These people, or “misfits” rather are skaters, artists, and creatives of all kinds.
They gather together and give care packages to those who are desperately in need . Some small examples are toothbrushes, water, food, socks, and any other necessities one can think of.
Skate for Change is an organization that is slowly but surely making an impact within the skate community. Not only are they here to help the people within the community but the parks they reside in as well.
I decided to work with the Social Session of Camp La Llanada. They collaborate as an organizational donation with the nonprofit organization Fe y Alegria. Their project inspires me and I know how magical it is to be a camper. I have been working as a counselor for the camp since 2014 and I enjoy every moment of spending time with children. Hence, I think it is amazing that the camp annually donates this experience to a group of children that would never have the opportunity otherwise.
After researching the topics, I expanded on and use in my posters the idea of a “perfect Christmas” and “an experience with nature in a loving environment.” Moreover, I worked with illustrations contrasting the living conditions of these children in their everyday lives with the experience that the camp offers for them in the Social Session.