Design for Good

Checkpoints for the Elderly – KinCare

Creating a small group of diverse people who are assigned an elderly person so the burden isn’t put only on one person. The group is based on volunteer, each person is involved in the same situation and can help each others dependents. There is a map app involved where you are able to help based on your own personal schedules and location. There is in increasing population of elderly with the aging Baby Boomers and there will be a large demand for care, health care, and emotional wellbeing.

Group chat and app

App with health monitor – person can be aware of elderly person’s vitals

Like an Uber for health

Possible Sponsors:
Elderly Healthcare products:
Firefly Cellphones:
Private Bus or Shuttle Services
Pharmaceutical Companies
Hospitals
Lawyers (Wills Attorneys)

Screening: Waste Land: Art and Transformation Film: Vic Muniz

Vic Muniz definitely changed the lives of all the people he met from the landfill. The most important part of the entire art work was the fact that the minds of the people that worked in the landfill changed for the better. They realized that while working in the landfill they were satisfied with the life they had.  Once they realized that there is more to them and their ideas outside of the landfill, a whole new world opened up to them. After the landfill closed, the people that helped Muniz found different jobs and were becoming more happy because they were out of their difficult lifestyle. Muniz explained that when someone has nothing they want everything, and when someone has everything they do not want anything. It is incredible that such a small gift to the people in lower middle class neighborhood was so helpful to boost their overall perception of life. The way the people saw art was also changed because they realized that Muniz’s project had a deeper meaning just like other artists with different perspectives.

Social Change: Campaign Tackles Sexual Violence on Campus

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2014 maybe end up going down in history as the year that sexual violence rose to public awareness prominence in the society. In the Spring of 2015, an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty from Philadelphia University created a Public Awareness Campaign Against Sexual Violence on Campus. Students from graphic design communication and animation participated in the task. These designers wanted to raise awareness about sexual violence on college campuses and to educate students about the issue. The designer students create Brand Identity and Logo, taglines, Posters, Buttons, Stickers, a Mobile Website and Public Service Announcements.

Link: Click Here

Guerrilla Girls and Social Change Design

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Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of feminist, female artists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world. The group formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality in the fine arts into focus within the greater community. Members are known for the gorilla masks they wear to remain anonymous. They wanted the focus to be on the issues, not on our personalities or our own work. Also, their identity is hidden to protect themselves from the backlash of prominent individuals within the art community.

One Sunday morning they conducted a count at the MET Museum in New York comparing the number of nude males to nude females in the artworks, and the number of male artists to female artists on display. In 2004, they counted again and only 3% of the artists in the Modern and Contemporary sections were women, and 83% of the nudes were female.

Website to other work:  http://www.guerrillagirls.com/posters/index.shtml

 

Discussing the aesthetics and conceptual connections between post-modern architecture and graphic design

Post-Modernism reflected a “climate of cultural change.” This meant things were more inclusive and there was a larger demographic and pool from which designers and designs could be taken. Post-modernism saw many new design styles come forth and changed the world in a way that is is still being seen. Architects during this time, post 1960, broke with what was called “The International Style.” The graphic artists of the Post-Modern era, artists like Tibor Kalman, Tadanori Yokoo, and David Carson use methods which embody themes of “pluralism” and expressionistic styles, which move away from the previous modern and international styles. An example of this is architecture is the Pruitt-Igoe Public Housing done by the architect Minoru Yamasaki. He tried to create a modernist utopia to help bring impoverished people into a new setting which would change their lifestyle and establish them in Modernism. After this failed it was also a significant failure for Modernism which brought on the ideas of Post-Modernism as a fix for the problems of Modernism. Post-Modernist architecture hoped to differ from Modernism architecture in growing away from “blandness” and “inhumanity.” Post-Modern architecture hoped to employ many elements of styles, colors, forms and materials available.

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An example of Post-Modern architecture is the architect Michael Graves. His Steigenberger Hotel in El Gouna, Egypt is an example of this new style. Which did away with the harsh lines, bland colors, and severity of Modernist Architecture (as seen below in Le Corbusier’s building.)

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These methods and styles used in Post-Modern architecture come from the same place that influenced Graphic Designers. They had to reconsider what visual themes they were using to define the world around them, more color, less rigidity, a restructuring of the grid, and implementations of global themes and aesthetics.