How can design help to save the world? This is a question raised and answered in some part by the Designism symposium held at the Art Directors Club of New York.

Speakers included Steven Heller, Milton Glaser and Tony Hendra who said this of design and dissent: “I believe design can change people’s minds. Design that bristles with attitude and irreverence.” and “Dissent is not a self-indulgent luxury, as Reagan would have you believe. It is a civic obligation.”

Janet Kestin spoke of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty created to address the effects of commercial images of beauty on young women and girls. As part of the campaign the company combined short videos, print ads, workshops and downloadable materials for teachers. Apparently during the talk Steven Heller raised an interesting point, why hasn’t something like this been done for young men?

There were many other interesting contributions. You can read about them here and download a video of the event here.


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