As a complement to our perennial and popular special reports — People To Watch (newsworthy creatives) and Students To Watch (rising graduates of note) and Educators To Watch (influential teachers) — we have added an annual “Responsible Designers To Watch” to the editorial mix. Growing organically out of our longtime “green design” coverage, we are responding to the fact that more and more designers are embracing responsibility writ large in terms of how sustainably they create and produce, yes, but much more broadly how, when, why and for whom they work. The common thread is that these are creative leaders using design principles, talents and skills to make the world a better place as they see it. And, in 2019, it is especially fascinating since it is all happening against the backdrop of a raw and undeniable hunger for change emanating from left and right and all points in between. This feature, and these developments, dovetail nicely with our own 56 year effort to gain recognition for graphic design as a valuable tool for shaping commerce, culture and causes.
A special thank you to Domtar, exclusive sponsor, once again, of our annual special feature on socially and sustainably responsible graphic design. The narrative of the print edition of GDUSA is printed on Cougar® 70 lb. Text, Smooth Finish, manufactured by Domtar Paper. Renowned for its velvety surface, Cougar is the premium paper that amplifies a brand’s passion, personality and purpose. Long trusted by the creative and print communities alike, Cougar gives you the power to transform your best ideas into visually stunning printed pieces with vibrant color, sharp images and consistent press performance. In addition, the printers and creatives who print on Cougar have helped Domtar donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the World Wildlife Fund. This partnership communicates that Domtar understands the value of biodiversity, sustainability and equality. To learn more about Domtar Paper, please visit paper.domtar.com