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Designing For Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design

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This newest title in the design briefs series is a compact, hands-on guide for graphic design professionals who want to start helping communities and effectuating social change in the world. Author Andrew Shea presents ten strategies for successful community engagement, grounding each one in two real world case studies. The twenty projects featured in the book are by both design professionals and students and range from creating a map of services for the homeless community in Santa Monica, helping Chicago's Humboldt Park community by designing a website where donors can buy essential items for community members, to encouraging LA's Latina community to go for an annual PAP exam in an attempt to prevent cervical cancer through carefully designed posters, murals, and other material. Designing for Social Change is both an inspiration and a how-to book that encourages graphic designers everywhere to go out and do good with their work, providing them with the tools to complete successful projects in their communities.

160 pages, Paperback

First published March 7, 2012

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July 1, 2014
I really enjoyed this gathering of community-based design case studies. Though I'm not a designer, as a community-based worker and artist, I found it to be a valuable resource and good for future reference.
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February 28, 2019
interesting case studies about how graphic design tackles complex topics to impact/create change.
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October 22, 2017
Goodread for immature Graphic Designers, especially when dealing with conceptual design. It'll kick the process of ideation and formation. I'd suggest this for 1st graders on Graphic Design and/or Visual Communication.
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December 11, 2012
Interesting reference. Not sure the examples highlighted the concepts in a way that would be easy to apply, but interesting reference none the less.
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14 reviews21 followers
January 18, 2014
A quick primer on principles that support bringing people together for collective action.
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