“Stand up and design!” are the first words in a new book entitled Design Activism from What Design Can Do. By calling attention to 31 designers fighting for a better world, the book aims to inspire others to follow their example and start designing for positive social change. Among the designers featured are Bas Timmer, inventor of the Sheltersuit for the homeless; Russian illustrator Victoria Lomasko, author of the book Other Russia; and Indian photographer Sujatro Ghosh who campaigned for women’s emancipation with a series of photos of women wearing cow masks.
Other designers include Ekene Ijeoma (US), a GDUSA Person To Watch in 2017, as well as Ronny Edry (Israel), Sunny Dolat (Kenya), Kacey Wong (Hong Kong), Panmela Castro (Brazil) and Edel Rodriguez (USA). From the book’s introduction: “[T]he world is full of horrors. We need fresh ideas to stem the tide.”