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Posted on / Apr 2, 2014
AIGA Cleveland and the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University invite you to an evening event to discuss socially responsible design concepts in our community and abroad. This event supports the Design For Good national AIGA initiative, which provides a platform to build and sustain the implementation of design thinking for social change.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Ken Hejduk, Partner and Creative Director of Little Jacket. Ken will share Little Jacket’s work with Open Doors Academy, an education enrichment program that supports children through middle school, high school, college and life. He will be discussing the role that the students play in the design process, and how that interaction has allowed Little Jacket to help the organization fulfill its mission.
Ken’s presentation will be followed by a group of KSU/VCD graduate students who will be sharing their efforts to improve the W.A.S.H. curriculum, the most broadly used tool for teaching basic water safety, sanitation, and hygiene around the world.
For registration, visit: http://cleveland.aiga.org/event/design-for-good/
Student Non-members: $5
Student Members: Free
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
1309 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
Posted on / Oct 20, 2013
VCD Students collaborating in improvement of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program in Africa and South East Asia
This year, the VCD MFA Candidates are taking part in a joint effort with communication agency Rule29. Led by Professor Ken Visocky O’Grady, The project focuses on the improvement of the WASH curricula developed by LifeWater International. WASH is a program that looks for the fulfillment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene needs for an adequate and sustainable standard of living and its part of the Millennium Development Agenda of UNICEF.
Graduate students are tackling this problem by following structured methods of research that include interviews, photo ethnography, and literary review of the material available on the WASH program. Due to the importance of this program and the hugeimpact it has on adults and children all over the world, students have immersed in understanding the main issues the current curricula has by doing self ethnography and teaching to their peers parts of the WASH program.
At the moment, a research summary is being developed and will be presented to the academic community including the director of Kent State VCD school AnnMarie Leblanc during the third week of October. Following the presentation of their findings, the VCD Graduate students will start woking on developing several prototypes of the new curricula during the second part of the fall semester of 2013, and have scheduled testing their prototypes in the first quarter of 2014 in communities in Subsaharan Africa in collaboration with the team of LifeWater International.
More information on the advancements and findings of this research will be posted in this blog in the following weeks.
Posted on / Apr 1, 2013
Why I (a non-designer) am attending this event. A guest post by Anne Dudley
I help people plan events almost every day. I plan them in groups, I plan them myself, I promote them and sometimes, I even attend them. I’ve learned that if an event is planned well enough, the planner often doesn’t even need to be present. And there are so many events to choose from, skipping out can seem preferable.
But this event is different.
I am attending Design for Good: Empowering a Better Future from Africa to Cleveland because I want to learn about creative problem solving. I want to see how a few people impacted many.
This year, I’ve learned that at the root of great design is an understanding of a problem very well. But it’s not only the problem; it’s everything around the problem, too. It’s the stakeholders, the influencers, the culture, the relevance and maybe even the humor.
A small group of students were given a problem existing across an ocean, in a different language, under a different government and healthcare system. They weren’t given a creative brief, any money or even a Swahili for Dummies book.
And they still made an impact.
People believe things they want to believe, and seek information to support their existing beliefs. If you already know that design can solve a world of problems, you might think you don’t really need to attend this event. I disagree. Attend this event to get out of your own box. Attend it to support the project’s cause itself, Malaria prevention. Attend it to connect or reconnect.
VCD and AIGA Cleveland invite all interested do-gooders, designers and thoughtful professionals to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative on April 18 at 6:30 for happy hour and three Design for Good presentations from VCD graduate students and Justin Ahrens, of Rule29, who will discuss his work with Life in Abundance. For more information click here.