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

For a cheerful World Food Day  

As we mentioned in August, FAO is making illustration an essential part of its visual communications. With World Food Day around the corner, it’s refreshing to see that once again, illustration is playing an important role in FAO campaigns: from sleek icons and silhouettes for a general audience to children’s illustrations for material made for the little ones.
All communications material has been compiled into a Trello board, including visual identity guidelines and all kinds of collaterals ready to use and be shared. This is a good example of how event campaigns can have an impact using a consistent approach and without breaking the bank.

Sustainable type

Among the subtle changes in color, perhaps the most visible changes in the SDG visual identity has been to replace former proprietary fonts with Google fonts, Roboto for the SDG logo, and Oswald (latin and cyrillic languages) Noto (Chinese) and Tajawal (Arabic) for the SDG icons. All new material can be found here.
The change of fonts reflects a trend that is happening in many businesses and organizations: Historically, to buy (or even better, to create) a particular font was the easiest way to ensure a particular look and feel for your organization; a unique identity that public fonts could not provide. Ironically, trying to prevent others using them illegally by restricting their use has created the opposite effect, as most organizations need their fonts to be accessible to third parties, especially if communication channels use PowerPoint or other software that doesn’t allow font embedding.
The result? As everyone is shifting to Google fonts and other public, shareable resources, Roboto may end up being the new Helvetica. Solutions like Fontstand which allows clients to 'rent' fonts, may seem like a breath of fresh air, but it may be a bit too little too late to stop Google becoming the world’s default font provider.

Good ol' format 

Sometimes we don’t have to reinvent the wheel or look for the newest of technologies to have an impact. Sometimes, the good old poster trick just fits the bill. At least this must be what the UK student climate Network was thinking when they came up with #ProtestByDesign, an initiative that tries to mobilize youth to act against climate change by leveraging the immediacy and universality of poster design for their messaging. The goal is to come up with the biggest Climate change poster database to date.
And the same applies to another initiative, this time coming from Italy: under the slogan 'a poster for integration', PosterHeroes.org has compiled 2125 posters from 108 countries.
If we have convinced you of the charms of A3 paper and you want to check on the future of the medium, then there is no place better than Welformat, the festival solely dedicated to posters that’s taking place this month in Luzern, Switzerland.

October Inspiration
A meme
It may be the most successful climate-change infographic of all time. Learn more about Ed Hawkins' warming stripes. And you can customize them for your own use here.
A name
Being nominated for the Beazley Designs of the Year award is just the icing on the cake for Mona Chalabi, a designer whose column at the Guardian is a byword for humanitarian dataviz.   
A look
The in-house team at UNDP NYC has created a b/w look for its feature on Young People and Climate, using the double exposure technique on its pictures to link the two subjects.
An intern
Always great to see interns bringing new ideas into visual comms. That's the case of Iryna Turtaieva who created this motion graphic for UNOG's work on gender equality.
An opporunity
Call for photos for an exhibition on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees Week. Photographers can find inspiration in these environmental photo awards.
A campaign
Just when we were recovering from Beesexual, PornHub has decided to treat us to another environmental campaign, releasing this video entitled 'The Dirtiest Porn Ever' .

Job opportunities

UNDP is looking for a Digital Product Designer (full-time consultant) in NYC
WHO is looking for a Communications Officer to be based in Geneva 
WEF is also looking for a Communications Officer to be based in Geneva

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