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A Newsletter from the UN & NGOs Designers Group Geneva
Visual Communicators Newsletter
AUGUST 2017

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

UN Geneva Poster competition! 

Here it comes, your chance to shine! In preparation for UN Open Day, UNOG has launched a UN Poster Contest for everyone who is willing to participate. The best submissions will be exhibited at the Palais des Nations this October. Entries can be submitted until 15th of September 2017. Here is the link to the website with additional information. As inspiration, have a look at the work of Luba Lukova. She is currently exhibiting at the Museum of Design in Atlanta, MoDA, US.

UNOG goes Gold

The 2016 Annual Report of the UN Office at Geneva has won the gold prize in the 2016 Vision Awards (Government category) organized by the League of American Communications Professionals. 

All praise should go to UN Geneva's in-house team of creative professionals who produced the entire report, from selecting and editing content, to augmenting the narrative with other multimedia formats. The report's design reflects the multidimensional work of UN Geneva with a multilayer cover in the SGD colour scheme and overall emphasis on visual communication.

Summer reading

Got some free time to kill by the lake? We couldn't praise more this book from Dutch designer and researcher Ruben Pater. 'The Politics of Design: A (not so) global manual for visual communication' – a guide for designers towards more responsible visual communication, portraying innumerable examples that surely will feel painfully close to many of us who deal with international organizations design politics on a daily basis. It is gratifying that the author adopts a realistic approach to many of the very tricky issues presented in the book, in his own words: "Design is not some magic force that will solve the world’s problems, and assuming this is dangerous. However, designers can try to lessen the negative impact that design has on the world and turn it into something positive". Amen to that!

August Inspiration
A biennale
Plan ahead to visit the Design Biennale Zurich on its first edition, from
7-10 September. Among many other acts, Studio PostFossil will look at how to create a 'flag of the world'.
A rebrand(ish)
One of the rules of branding may be 'if ain't broke, don't fix it'. But this case from the Canadian Red Cross new identity may prove that there is always room for some clever updating.
A campaign
August 19th is World Humanitarian Day. MSF has learned the hard way the risks of giving humanitarian aid in war times.Their #NotATarget campaign deserves everyone's attention.
An exhibition
Solution or Utopia? designs for refugees is the perfect excuse for a trip to Amsterdam. Design and humanitarian aid converge at the Stedelijk Museum until the end of August.
A card
These 'fact cards' are coming from the other side of the pond (that is, NYC). Created by the UN Design Unit, they are a well executed typographic work that shows strength in its simplicity. 
A poster
Hope it doesn't come as frivolous but, wouldn't it be nice to be able to combine your climate change concerns with superb interior design taste? Dorothy seems to have the solution. 
Have you joined our FB Group page? we want to use it as a platform to communicate more regularly, transfer knowledge and share our work. Hope to see you there!
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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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