Should Designers Be Socially Responsible?

Yes. I believe design is a substantial part of the evolution of mankind. As designers no matter what our practice (Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion, Product, etc.) we can impact our communities positively. It is our job as designers to educate our consumers on the amount of choices they really do have. A company is exploiting underage, underpaid, underfed children; Hey designers, come up with a solution. It may not work at first but every obstacle that is overcome is a step closer to genius.

For example, here is an excellent initiative in Beirut, Lebanon called The Creative Space that provides free education to aspiring fashion designers who don’t have the opportunity to pursue their education in this field.

For more information on this project visit:

Not all socially responsible design has to be that ambitious;  sometimes all you need is a team of dedicated designers to produce a few visuals to break down a few overlooked or misunderstood facts in order to spread awareness. Visualizing Palestine uses the innovative method of infographics to highlight human rights issues in Palestine and the occupied territories. I find this method effective because it breaks down facts visually and in an engaging way, making it more accessible and legible to a wider audience (not everyone feels like reading pages of articles regarding an issue they are not particularly passionate about).

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2 Responses to Should Designers Be Socially Responsible?

  1. Profile photo of Nour Kays Nour Kays says:

    Living in Beirut, I walked past the stencils “make designers not clothes” daily but I never understood what they were for.
    It is an amazing initiative, however, (I am not sure you will agree with me) the way they advertised it doesn’t target the audience they are trying to help.

  2. Profile photo of Nada Dalloul Nada Dalloul says:

    I definitely agree that the stencils didn’t make the initiative clear but it’s because they were used as teasers for the first exhibit and not as ads directed as students. When it came to reaching out to potential students they circulated around the camps in Lebanon conducting interviews, as well as other schools in various areas. Also, my focus isn’t so much on the stencil design as it is on the topic of designers and their social responsibility/ ability to inspire change within their communities.

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