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Designing For Social Change

Designing For Social Change

Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design

Andrew Shea


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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.

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Publication: February 2012
ISBN: 9781616890476
ISBN10: 1616890479
Andrew Shea is a graphic designer and writer. He earned his MFA in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Art, where he advised undergraduate design students who worked with community organizations. Shea has also taught graphic design classes at MICA, Fordham University, and Parsons The New School for Design and his writing has appeared in several online publications, including Design Observer, Designer's Review of Books, and Core77.