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A Newsletter from the UN & NGOs Designers Group Geneva
Visual Communicators Newsletter
DECEMBER 2019

This is a monthly newsletter from the UN Designers and Visual Communicators Group in Geneva. Drop us a line if you would like to collaborate or share any material for inclusion in this newsletter: info@UNdesigners.org

Registration now open!  

Register for our next UNDesigners Meet-up, organized in conjunction with UNOG's Perception Change Project, taking place on Thursday December 12th in 11am at Room XXV of the Palais des Nations. The theme is Communicating in a graphic world, with an specific focus on data visualization. The highlight of the meet-up will be Munich-based data visualization studio KontextLab, who worked on the SDG Mapping website earlier this year. There will be an introductory ice-breaker game followed by an overall discussion about how visuals can benefit communications.
Entry to the event is free of charge. Please bear in mind that registration will close 3 days before the event (Monday December 9th). 

Happy anniversary

UNHCR's "I belong" is half-way to become the longest-running campaign for an UN agency: It was back in 2014 when Benetton's creative hub Fabrica teamed up with UNHCR to come up with this iconic campaign that aims to ends statelessness by 2024. It combined the short and memorable (and hashtagable) slogan "I belong" combined with a powerful set of images created by the creative geniuses at Fabrica.
We believe that if designers are empowered to be part of the creative process within the communications teams, the same powerful campaigns are just as achievable in-house.

The dark side of Alexa  

We are pleasantly surprised to know that the overall winner of the Design Museum Beazley Design of the Year award goes to a very ambitious data visualization project called "Anatomy of an AI System"
Described as "An anatomical case study of the Amazon Echo as an artificial intelligence system made of human labour, data and planetary resources". In layman’s terms, it attempts to prove that everyday decisions and the devices we buy are the root causes of the ongoing environmental crisis.
Taking a consumer’s conversation with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, as its starting point, designers and researchers Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler created a map and essay to represent the impact of the creation, use and disposal of just one of these devices. A challenging proof for those who think that the latest technological revolution is any greener than the preceding ones.
You can download the hi-res infographic here. 
The people's choice award went to a less worrying object called MySleeve, a clever silicone design cover to help those using crutches. 

December Inspiration
A comic
It took cartoonist Toby Morris just one page to perfectly describe the effects of inequality. "On a plate" is arguably one of the best examples of how much impact good visual storytelling can have.
An app
Unicef Latin America and design agency Nexus have launched Right Runner, a mobile game app to inspire, inform and empower children and young people with regard to their rights. 
A festival
The film Styx will open the 4th edition of IOM's Global Migration Film Festival in Switzerland. Don't miss the screenings in your country by checking the various schedules on this page.
A tweak
It's one small change in the logo, one giant leap for brand consistency: UNOG incorporates Noto into its identity to align themselves with the country teams branding guidelines
An alternative
So how do you rate COP25 branding? Designer Shangning Wang believed that the conference visual identity needed an update, and tried to prove his point via this interesting page.
A competition
Submissions are open until December 8 for the Posters for Protected Persons design contest organized by KGF, with the aim of raising awareness of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Job opportunities

• UNOPS is looking for a Communications Officer – Public Relations and Outreach to work in Geneva
OHCHR is looking for a Senior Public Information Officer (Chief of Communications), P5 to be based in Geneva
UNDCO is looking for a Content Management Officer – Branding and Products Development, P4 to be based in NYC
UNEP is looking for a Public Information Officer (P3) with graphic design and branding knowledge to be based in Nairobi 
UNEP also looks for a Public Information Assistant (G5) to be based in Geneva
ITU is looking for an Audiovisual Assistant (G5) to be based in Geneva
UNHCR is opening a temporary position of Associate Public Information Officer (P2) to be based in Geneva

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This newsletter has been produced by the UN Designers group, a non-profit organization created with the purpose of raising awareness around design and visual communications in international organizations, as well as help promoting the work done in this field. Our channels are both our physical meetings, usually hosted in UN agencies or other international organizations in Geneva, and this e-newsletter.


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