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.
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.
Federation of Families
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.
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.
My inspiration for this poster series was to influence our youth to make educated decisions and consider a future career in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,and Math).
I worked together with The Galactic Youth Foundation to design impactful concepts using abstract outer space elements and collage techniques to create a sustainable call to action for kids. Each poster was created cutting out pieces I found in magazines and search engines by hand, photographed and then brought into the Adobe Suite for additional surreal magic.
As a citizen designer, I manifested my non-profit’s mission visually and metaphorically to strike curiosity in children, encouraging an open mind and diverse perspective goals. I powerfully believe it is crucial for our upcoming generation of leaders to be aware of their resources, to not fall into ignorance or mediocracy.
“Inspire today, Influence tomorrow”
My name is Stephen Ellis and I have partnered up with The Health Foundation of South Florida to create conceptual posters to keep the community aware about the sole health of our region. When designing the posters, I wanted to highlight areas of South Florida with an action to get adults and children intrigued with my unique designs and style. The purpose of this video is to bring awareness to health in South Florida and how you can change the community you live in with design. The world around us has shown me all the amazing opportunities there are and how designers just like you and I can solve problems in our community and have a positive reaction come from it.
Hello, my name is Stephen Ellis and I have partnered up with The Health Foundation of South Florida to create 10 conceptual posters to keep the community aware about the sole health of our region. When designing the posters, I wanted to highlight areas of South Florida with an action to get adults and children intrigued with my unique designs and style. I also wanted to use the Health Foundation’s priority areas that they focus on when getting grants. Going for a more bubbly, cartoonish, and playful style with the posters helped focus on the target audience. Overall, I wanted to highlight how you can be active, healthy, and overall be happier in your life and in community and to draw attention to this awareness.
For my non-profit orgnaization I picked Piag Museum.Their current project is called Earth and Water, and mission is to educate, showcase, and promote art in all its forms. They do this by painting styrofoam cubes and placing them on water or on thr ground as an art piece. Based off of their concept I decided to create my posters into cubes.
These are a series of 10 posters that I created and would donate to the Camillus House Organization. My objective was to raise awareness to this non-profit organization cause. They have been offering charity for years to populations suffering from poverty and homelessness, which can include health care, hospitality, counseling, teaching, plus other programs, donations and services. Their purpose is to assist the majority of individuals and families in need and as result try to help them obtain a permanent housing, income, and best well being as possible. Therefore, it is important to somehow spread the message to the community to make the people think and reflect to support in some way to this good cause.
These are a series of posters I created for the non-profit organization Greenpeace. Greenpeace uses peaceful protest and creative communication to bring awareness to a wide range of environmental issues. For the first four posters, I used the metaphor of the broken heart to depict the damage being done to environments such as the Arctic, the atmosphere, the ocean, and the Amazon. The middle two posters are to inspire people to find out more about the issues being addressed in the posters, which are the act of taking a pledge to join a food movement for a healthier and environmentally-friendly lifestyle, and the critical condition of the bees and what that means to us as a species. The last four posters focus on plastic pollution prevention and celebrate the people that have made small changes in their lifestyle to reduce plastic waste by doing things like refusing plastic straws and bags, bringing your own metal cutlery, and using reusable water bottles, as well as show the people that haven’t made these changes that these changes are doable and will make a difference if we do it as a collective group. I do this by using a playful approach with a combination of puns or a play on words and colorful illustrations, which is a contrast from many of the plastic pollution posters out right now which are educational but make the viewer feel overwhelmed and helpless to the issue. These posters were made as part of the Design is Change project and were donated to Greenpeace.
I created a series of posters for the non profit organization Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe. Their mission is to ensure that children that have been abused, abandoned and neglected are given safe, loving, nurturing and permanent homes. This organization focuses on providing children love, care and guidance towards a path of excellence and I believe in that vision. I believe that every at-risk child can excel in all aspects of their lives. One important aspect is their professional endeavors. I believe that youth today should be passionate about something, and run with whatever it is that they love and turn it into their careers.
This organization is important to me because of its support of the environment and in sharing knowledge about preservation and experiencing national parks. It makes these parks accessible to kids from all sorts of income who often only know what it is like to live in an inner city. It keeps four South Florida parks afloat, in good state, and continues to allow it to interact with the South Florida community.
The posters are bright and playful illustrations that juxtapose these large national parks to simple house backyards to emphasize how these parks are close by. They also highlight activities that the parks offer and the magic of the flora and fauna that inhabit these areas.