Graphic Design Festival Breda: Everyone is a Designer | Breda NL
Mark John DeYoung, through Jumping Dog Design, was invited to participate in the Graphic Design Festival Breda, The Netherlands. Designers and non-designers alike created a T-shirt and/or a sign to focus the Graphic Design Festival on issues of concerns.
The event democratizes the conversation on design, enabling the audience a voice in addition to those scheduled to speak.“We create the future we can imagine. This DIY project is a way in which attendees have a voice. The public becomes participants making design connect and encouraging a positive, creative response,” said DeYoung. “Across the world, (citizen) designers are no longer accepting the idea of serving as a mindless mouthpiece for corporate industry and we’re here to underline that. We are here to emphasize solidarity to our participating design theorists and our fellow citizens.”
Mark John DeYoung, with Jumping Dog Design, was invited to participate in Helsinki Design Week 2012. The Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Design Theory project, Everyone is a Designer, featured an entertaining event where audience members, come participants, made T-shirts themed on design and design theory. Existing as a kind of analog, social media experiment, responses ranged from amusing and fun, to profound and provocative. The event took place in the IDC (International Design Council) designated World Design Capital Helsinki, during the annual Helsinki Design Week.
DIY Design Theory event democratizes the conversation on design, complimenting fascinating talks by some of the leading voices in design speaking at Helsinki Design Week. Everyone is a Designer, DIY Design Theory event enabled attendees to become participants through fun activities. The event created participant engagement and encouraged everyone to create and further dialog, not only on design, but on societal issues that designers, with their unique skill set, can address.
Inside Out: Electron Stichting Breda NL: Participatory Design Event
Over 300 people participated in this participatory design theory event in Breda, The Netherlands. The collaborative cultural event featured international and national designers/artists, as well as community members creating work on-site using locally acquired reclaimed materials. This participatory design event featured the making of the work as the “exhibit.” The communal nature of people coming together and making stuff creates connection, creates community. Visitors could watch the pieces being created, talk to participants and even join in the work. On the last day of the event, a Festival of the Arts celebrated the participants and the work made. Participants from all levels and all ages, including six classes of elementary kids; adult volunteers;, two class of troubled teens as reintegration; folks with disabilities; folks with addiction and other challenges; the general public; and professional artists and designers.
Natural history, culture and art combine in this dynamic museum in the province’s capital. Eclectic and hand drawn visuals encourage participation and eschew formalism often associated with museums as exampled by the annual program offering exampled here. A humble close working approach maintained the joy of programs based on collections and temporary exhibits while respecting the integrity of scientific experts.
The visual communication focuses on usability enables teachers and administrators to choose programs relevant to curricula specific to year, school and subject. Museum programs emphasize quality-of-life exchange between child and guardian through hands-on objects, and collaborative education materials. Fun illustrations combined with fun hands-on learning maximizes the joy of learning for both adults and children!
Dutch children’s newspaper developed from inception to a full-color periodical distributed in editions of 30,000 units. Fun articles, games and puzzles incorporated topics based on national museum temporary and permanent exhibitions and programs.
Dino Trek Animatronic Show Nashville Zoo at Grasmere
The Nashville Zoo is Tennesse’s biggest draw with almost 1,000,000 people per year. Programs developed incorporated collections and shows to enrich visitor’s experience. Balancing marketing and education goals, the media created included special event shows, field guides, like the one below, way finding, games, and advertising in both print and digital formats.
Zoo’s inspire wonder at the rich fauna of world and an opportunity to learn environmental responsibility. We learn most when we enjoy. Program materials visually reflect the wonder and the rich diversity of animal life through color, texture and the richness of illustration.
Childbirth coaching is an essential function in the United States. The US infant mortality rates are highest of all countries in the developed world. The brand strategy connects with nature and the wisdom of midwifery back through the beginning of time, or at list the beginning of homo-sapiens! The identity is enveloping, welcoming and references the natural wonder of the spectrum of pregnancy.
The identity incorporates media across the spectrum, from old-world pregnancy journals, to websites, and even a planned doula app. Wisdom of ancient culture, epitomized by the tree of life and cyclical nature of existence. Softer colors and playful illustrations remain open to children and expectant parents while maintaining the seriousness of this most significant of all events.