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

A special double-bill 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

Tomorrowlands  

Two new interesting stories tackle the future of cities using illustration as the medium. Urban Humans is a scrollytelling story from the Thomson Reuters Foundation with illustrations by Carol Rollo. In the other hand, UNPD has released The way we live now is an interactive narrative from UNDP based around illustrations by creative agency DKNG.

UN Designers meetup

It was full house at the Palais de Nations last December for the 13th UN Designers Meetup, in conjunction with Perception Change Project (PCP). The Meetup started with a warm-up quiz that quickly gave way to a much more serious analysis of data visualization though the SDG Mapping project. Esther Cappelli from PCP examined the printed version and data collection process, while Julia Köberlein from German agency Kontextab gave an insight into how datavisualization works. Julia explained how Kontextlab applied those principles to the interactive website created for the SDG mapping. This was also a great opportunity to mingle and catch up with many of you, thanks to the food and drinks providedby PCP.
Thanks to all of you who attended and we hope to bring you news of future meet-ups soon!

Data mavericks

We all know that information is indeed beautiful. And we should thank David McCandless for reminding us of this every year with the  Information is beautiful awards. The 2019 Gold medalist is The Invisible Crime: Are We Failing Victims Of Sexual Violence? a multimedia reaction to the paucity of Australian sex crime prosecutions that shines a much-needed light on a system  failing the victims. In second place, Reuters' China's Muslim Gulag: Turning The Desert Into Detention Camps is a chilling forensic analysis of satellite data, illustrating how Muslim detention camps are expanding at a rapid rate in China. The bronze went to 3,121 Desperate Journeys: Exposing A Week Of Chaos Under Trump's Zero Tolerance from The Guardian – a comprehensive breakdown of one week’s worth of stories highlights the real human cost of the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy.
Browse the other categories for plenty more great pieces of data visualization.

Twisted jobs to an end

Spinas Civil Voices is a creative agency that specializes in promoting civil society issues and concerns. They support NGOs, mainly in Switzerland and Germany, with fundraising, protest actions and awareness campaigns. Their latest campaign for NGO Solidar advocates for decent work and features Swiss contortionist Nina Burri reminding us that humans are not machines (that is if we agree that Nina is indeed human..:)

Mission AMPpossible

It's certainly becoming quite difficult to catch up with the latest visual communication trends as new technologies keep being developed at an ever faster pace. AMP may have been active for some time, but their success exploded when third party companies like  Makestories or Visualstories created apps that allow to use AMP technology in an easy and fast way. One fine example of its capabilities (best experienced on mobile) is The way we eat story, created inhouse at UNDP NYC.

February Inspiration
A tandem
It's pleasure to browse through NGO Storytelling, made by photojournalists Laura Pohl and Crystaline Randazzo, showcasing what's going on in the world of humanitarian storytelling. 
An article
Data Visualization evangelist Stephanie Evergreen advocates in this article for the role that data visualization can play in containing  COVID-19 (Aka coronavirus).
A survey
So how much does a designer get paid? Although the variables may be endless, this survey is now attempting to gather enough information to add some facts to the discussion.    
A campaign
We love the attention to detail (that tick in the logo!) of this storytelling campaign from IOM addressing the links between climate change and migration in small island communities.
A stamp
Or better still, a set of stamps, created by design agency Stranger&Stranger (famous for their intricate packaging design for alcoholic drinks) that was done for International Peace Day.
A (good) fight
As International organizations seem to slowly start hiring UX/UI specialists, you may want to look at how two of the big UX-Design applications stack up against each other.
A story
UNFPA's multimedia site A piece of me, which hosts a documentary-style campaign dealing with the issue of female genital mutilation, was a well-deserved finalist at the Shorty Awards.
A data visualization
What's the best way of answering the question "can one earthquake trigger another on the other side of the world?" Will Chase believes is to create a beautiful dataviz narrative online.
A book
Design is Storytelling, from design writer Ellen Lupton. is a playbook that shows how to use storytelling techniques to create satisfying graphics, products, services and experiences.

Job opportunities

• WHO is looking for a Communications Web Officer in Geneva
ITU is looking for a Senior Digital Strategy Officer and a Digital Communications Officer both positions to be based in Geneva 
MSH is looking for a Senior Graphic and Web Designer to be based in Washington
WIPO is looking for a Senior Advisor, Brand Experience to be based in Geneva
The Global Fund is looking for a Specialist, Content, Editorial Team to be based in Geneva
The Danish Refugee Council is looking for a Communications Associate with JIPS to be based in Geneva
• UN's Department of Global Communications is looking for a Information Systems Officer (UX/UI Developer) to be based in NYC

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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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