Children’s Disaster Services is the non-profit organization I decided to create my ten posters on. CDS help respond to traumatized children across the nation after natural disasters. They provide children with individualized attention, encourage them to express themselves, thereby starting a healing process to full recovery.
To start off, I knew I wanted to work with an organization that related themselves to assisting children. I began with a couple of sketches and the majority of them were too straight forward in my opinion, I wanted something with a deeper meaning and would make my audience think a bit more. My organization is always there to provide to these children, then began the creation of the large metal pot as a symbol of “giving”.
In these posters, I have illustrated what CDS provides to these children inside of a large metal pot, often used to feed hundreds after natural disasters.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These posters were created as part of the Design is Change project. I teamed up with a non-profit organization called “Dream in Green Miami”. Their work consists of partnering – up with schools within Miami-Dade County, and they create and develop educational workshops to educate children about the issue of climate change, and also encourage them to become more sustainable and adopt greener lifestyles by recycling, eating healthy, and exercising.
DESIGN IS CHANGE, GRAPHIC DESIGN III, GRA4818, ERIK SORIANO
For this semester I had the privilege of teaming up with the non-profit organization, “PETA,” also known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. My inspiration came when I was reading up on each animal through the PETA.org site and I realized I wanted to express these animals through these articles that have been written on them. PETA focuses on four areas in which animals are being harmed the most and brings awareness through education, investigations, special events, research, campaigns, and legislation.
These posters were created as a concept design for Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide. Through science, conservation, action, and education they inspire people to value nature. WCS targets large, iconic, wide-ranging species, such as elephants, because of their essential value to the ecosystem health. My focus on this collection are African Elephants due to the illegal trade of their ivory tusks. Poachers hunt and kill this endangered species to harvest their tusks and sell on the black market, considering ivory is very valuable to unethical humans.
With this campaign, I intend to encourage people to help stop the ivory trafficking and promote the boycott of ivory while raising awareness of the consequences it brings to nature.