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A Newsletter from the UN & NGOs Designers Group Geneva
Visual Communicators Newsletter
OCTOBER 2018

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 in this newsletter: info@UNdesigners.org

Seventeen shades of blue 

Pantone 279 is no longer lonely. One of the most visible elements of the 'UN brand', its monochrome blue palette, gets a facelift in the new UN Country Teams brand guidelines. The main idea behind this rebranding is to visually link the SDGs to the UN brand, and we think it is a great idea.
Obviously, the question would be what may happen with those 17 new colours after 2030. Since they are becoming ubiquitous in almost every organization / development agency communications, perhaps we have to start considering that the SDGs are here to stay.

International Print Day

UNOG is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the International Print Day with a presentation by Google’s Analytics Advocate, Daniel Waisberg, who will talk about data visualization techniques used to effectively uncover insights and communicate data, showing some of the best practices for charts and other types of visualizations, as well as the design principles behind them. Venue is Room XXIII from 3pm - 5pm, on Thursday 11 October. You can register here 
But this is just the beginning: It will be followed by Virtual Reality storytellinga talk with 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicole Carroll, Editor in Chief, USA Today along with the Pulitzer Prize winner, Ray Soto, Director of Emerging Technology for USA Today; and Virtual Reality Producer, David Bradshaw, from BBC Studio. Plus a special hands-on workshop where participants can learn how to produce a VR movie directly from industry experts. You can try to grab a place here.
The icing on the cake will come from an exhibition taking place at the Palais, on the third floor of Building E from October 11 – 17, we will have an interesting exhibition onwith digital, printed and other multimedia works produced by the Printing Section, including the latest UN Secretary-General Annual Report on the work of the organization. 

Social Good gets rewarded

D&AD has announced the 2018 winners of their Impact awards, dedicated to "creative ideas that have had real impact and, ultimately, contribute towards a better, fairer and more sustainable future for all".  
Only two black pencils (the highest recognition) were given this edition: One for the Palau project, already featured in our May newsletter, and the other for 'Black Supermarket', a campaign that defied a common misconception of big retail corporations only using social responsibility for their own benefit. The campaign may have intended to reshift Carrefour's brand perception, but undoubtedly helped to change outdated European laws.
Also, a special $20,000 cash prize was awarded to DDB Mudra Group and the organization Prerana Anti-Trafficking for their Project Free Period initiative. There are many other great campaigns across all categories, so we would really recommend you spend some time browsing the site for inspiration.

October Inspiration
A team
So you thought Swiss were boring? Check Riverboom and think again: a company founded by war reporters with stunning body of work, including this book collection
A gun
Has to be the knotted gun, an art piece that has created a whole movement and now UNPA (the most visual UN agency?), has brought it to paper for World Postal Day (9th October).
A toolkit
World Food Day is one of the big ones in everyones calendar, and the comms team at FAO is taking it very seriously as their toolkit(s) shows. One of the most comprehensive we have seen to date!
A tool
Morph is a new software from agency datavized and Google News Initiative, and tries to bridge the gap between dataviz and abstract art. Just for the Pollocks and Mirós in us.
A talk
A new date for the UX / UI Geneva community: Digital Strategy teams up with Girls Geek Carrots to organize this promising Meetup on the 10th. The only reason is not sold out is because it's free.
A website
One Day in My World is a great campaign site from Witness Change and Handicap International with great visuals and storytelling to commemorate Mental Health Day (10th Oct).
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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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