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A Newsletter from the UN & NGOs Designers Group Geneva
Visual Communicators Newsletter
FEBRUARY 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 in this newsletter: info@UNdesigners.org

Designed for science  

To celebrate International day of women in science,  the Design Unit of UN Geneva will be hosting Designed for Science: Complex Ideas in Clear Focus, an event focusing on data visualization and design in science, with specific focus on the periodic table (2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table). Given the date, it will feature an all-female panel of science and design experts.
We would like to highlight Lisa Charlotte Rost, an advocate for good data visualization through her work and blog, who surely will make this event truly interesting.
The event will be held at Palais des Nations on Monday 11th February at 3:30pm, in Room XIV, You can register for the event here

The gift of learning

Digital Design Days Geneva are just around the corner! Congratulations to the winners of our Giveaway and just a small reminder for those of you who still haven't bought your tickets, it's time to hurry, because you don't want to miss, among others, Chris Do - who most of you mentioned as your favourite speaker. He's an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist, educator, CEO of Blind Agency and the founder of The Futur— an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers. This reminds us of the importance of ongoing training in visual communications, and how sometimes can be very inspiring even just revisiting the fundamentals of what we do.
We look forward to seeing you there and discus and learn about digital design thinking!

Wholesome approach wins

Union for International Cancer Control has built ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign to resonate, inspire change and mobilize action around World Cancer Day. This multi-year campaign wants to create long-lasting impact through a truly global outreach, relying mainly on visual communications.
The campaign, created by Australian studio Motherbird, provides an overwhelming quantity of material for everyone to play with (we especially liked their custom poster building app), plus they also developed a brand overview booklet. 
Certainly, none of those materials are anything we haven't seen before; but it's the sheer amount of work produced and attention to detail that makes this campaign stand up from the rest. Just as an example: we counted up to more than 40 different languages used for poster templates.
Finishing and presentation do make a difference: WHO and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have developed also impressive Global Cancer Observatory platform based in a more dataviz approach, but somehow lacking the consistent identity found in the 'I am and I Will' campaign.  

February Inspiration
A (new) lorem ipsum
Want to shake your client's conscience but don't know how? Social Good Ipsum let you set up dummy copy into your layouts, replacing Cicero's gibberish for social words of wisdom.  
A website
UNFPA's eye for visual communications is making the organization a regular in this newsletter. This time we highlight a Safe birth even here campaign for its great quality and execution.
A (better) proposition
Beautiful photography and a tongue-in-cheek design, reminiscent of wedding sites are the perfect set up for this engaging campaign against child marriage from NGO Too Young to Wed
A (bag of) good advice
There are average trends forecast blogs, and there is NiemanLab: Hundreds of one-minute reads with very practical good advice in all things comms. Don't know where to start? Try this one. 
A talk
Creative whizz Hervé Rigal from BaseGVA will talk about Branding in the Creative Mornings GVA next meeting Feb 15. Their brand work for the Olympic Museum and TPG was top notch.
An idea
The Forum goes visual: from Mehdi Ghadyanloo's mural in Davos to the Betazone, a series of visual talks on inclusive design, social design, powerful women and the art of decision-making.
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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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