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A Newsletter from the UN & NGOs Designers Group Geneva
Visual Communicators Newsletter
MAY 2020

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

The Webbys have landed  

Arguably the most important web awards around; definitely the most numerous. Every year, the Webby Awards pack in something for everyone. We’ll leave Milley Cyrus and the likes to the mainstream media, while we focus on the entries related to humanitarian and social work in this 2020 edition. The crown goes to Unicef for both Webby Winner and People's Voice Winner awards in the Public Service & Activism category for their #VaccinesWork campaign created by agency RPA.
The same two awards but in the Apps, Mobile, and Voice sub-category went to the Global Citizen app – a mix of news, call to action and gaming perfectly packaged into a sleek mobile app. 
Cruising through all the awards is a joy. We found jewels like the videos Be a Lady They Said from Girls Girls Girls magazine and Generation lockdownabout school shootings; nominations like Project Period by agency Purpose for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting their work towards ending global 'period poverty', or the great website Losing Lena, advocating for women to feel welcome in tech. 

Confinement = Long reads

One of the benefits of confinement may be that we are managing to increase our attention span beyond 280 characters and10-second Instagram stories. In the case of international organisations, we are quite used to long reports, but we welcome initiatives like OCHA's Humanitarian Data exchange, which is dataviz-driven. 
But where we can find best examples of engaging visual stories is in the traditional media. For example, long reads like How the Virus Got Out from the NYT. An interesting exercise is to compare the same story with a different visual approach from The Guardian. We can find clever use of animation to depict how viruses spread exponentially, by the Washington Post, or just simple stories with a visual approach like what is the purpose of confinement? by Le Monde. 
Perhaps one of the most exhaustive dataviz treatment of COVID-19 comes from the FT Visual & Data journalism team. Let all this good journalism be the silver lining to this big (but hopefully diminishing) cloud that is this pandemic.

Access a better world  

Rejoice! After 40 editions of this newsletter, the time has come to see some of the work that the editor of this newsletter and his team are producing. 
ITU celebrated Internet Day under the slogan "Access a better world". We created a visual campaign  using a mobile phone to represent technologies, setting up a stark contrast between the image behind the phone and its representation on the device's screen. The idea was to visualize how information and communications technologies can improve our lives. We created seventeen different compositions were created in six languages. All can be found on this Trello board. 

May Inspiration
A logo
It is one logo or four? Looking like a puzzle, this innovative way of forming an identity was created for this year's UN Environment's International Day for Biological Diversity 
A poster (or 19)
This collaborative project is fighting against COVID-19 by asking famous designers like Noma Bar or Matt Willey to create 19 posters using the message "STAY HOME".  
A call (for action)
Last month we featured the first UN call for creatives to help in the war against COVID-19. You can see the result of the quest in this web page, which is very inspiring indeed.
An opportunity
UNDP has created a series of twitter animations making use of LottieFiles technology. By using this free source, UNDP was able to quickly customize animations to go with their messaging. 
A good gesture
#justincase is an initiative by Swiss agency YAAY that helps neighbours help each other by supplying the means to communicate and ask for assistance when needed.
A 'use-less' site
We love the work of Nice and Serious, a 'creative agency with a moral compass'. This 'useless' site provides info about recycling in London and is a proof of how useful creative forces can be.

Job opportunities

• WHO is looking for a Communications Officer P2 to be based in Geneva.
• OHCHR is looking for a Public Information Officer, P4 to be based in Geneva.
• WBCSD has a vacancy in Digital Design & Web Communications  to be based in Geneva.
• WHO is looking for a Communications Manager, Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, P4 to be based in Geneva.
• UNHCR is looking for Communications Officers, P2, P3 and P4 to be based in various locations.
• World Bank is looking for a Senior Communications Officer to be based in Dakar.
• ILO is looking for a Communications Officer to be based in Cairo.
• WTO is looking for a Communications Officer, Grade 7 to be based in Geneva.
• FAO is looking for a Communications specialist to be based in Rome.

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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.

@ 2020 Created by Jesús Vicente. Thanks to Berta Pereycave for her continuous help and inputs from the other side of the Atlantic and Steven Kelly for the editing. 


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