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 The JUST Social Media section is dedicated to followign the social media trends that create awareness, inspires thought and facilitates change in the world around us.

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Occupy Wall Street Media Campaign

Ad Busters, describes itself as  a global network of culture jammers and creatives working to change the way information flows, the way corporations wield power, and the way meaning is produced in our society" as they create counterculture "ads". See more of it's  Occupy Wall Street media campaign at Ad Busters  




Artist's Burning-bank Paintings are Hot Commodities

An oil painting of a burning bank that sparked a pair of Los Angeles police investigations also ignited an international auction frenzy. Read more...


"Oh Say Can You See Does That Banner Still Wave?

The history of the flag is a fascinating study on the power of design communication and how so much information can be conveyed in a rectangular piece of cloth. From their medieval origins as a visual tool to orient troops in battle, flags have evolved into symbols that capture complex and great ideas. Simple colors and shapes graphically encapsulate emotions, philosophies and movements to engage individuals and bring communities together.

The recent passing of the same sex marriage law in New York has seen the waving of the Rainbow Flag or Pride Flag of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Movement.  The rainbow flag is an appropriate design concept for a social change movement. According to Wikipedia “the use of rainbow flags as a sign of diversity, inclusiveness, hope and of yearning has a long history [going back to the biblical promise] when God used the rainbow as a sign to Noah that there would never again be a flood like the one that had happened.”

Today, there are a variety of rainbow flags, including the Italian peace flag and the Buddhist rainbow flag, but the Pride Flag is the one that is the most renowned. Created in San Francisco in 1978 by Gordon Baker, the rainbow flag captured not only a historic time and place in U.S. history, but also served as the enduring symbol for the birth of a now major international social justice movement. So here’s to the Rainbow Flag.  "Made in America" for the world. Long may it wave.


The Pride Flag Flies High

Gay marrage was legalized in the state of New York this Friday, June 24, 2011. During this time of celebration, why not take a moment to understand the history and symbolism of the rainbow flag. –Ariel Lapidus 


Gay Pride Flag


Design Thought Leaders

Jane Kagon
June, 2011 

The history of design and visual art of course cannot be separated from the politics and cultures of their times. This is even more true now in the 21st century, where the internet and new media allow for crafted images to flood our consciousness, transform our cultural landscapes and promote the agendas of those who have the most access and power to use evolving technologies. 

To counter the corporate dominance and control of mass media and to explore a more humanistic, less materialistic world view, there is a rapidly expanding trend in the design communication field. This trend consists of individuals and their companies and organizations which are focusing on the use of design to create a more just society and more sustainable world. Or to quote Emily Pilloton of Humanitarian Design: those who simply want to "make things that matter."

You might want to describe them as cultural creatives, (a term coined by socialogist  Paul H. Ray and  psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson and presented in their book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World (2000), as transmodernists (from “transmodernity” the concept of philosopher Rosa María Rodríguez Magda in 1989) or as proponents of transformative design. There are probably other designations as well to describe these heirs of design philosopher Victor Papanek, who are now the  thought-leaders in the field of design communications. But, whatever the appellation, it is worth acknowledging and embracing their mission to design a world which helps improve the human condition. Several of these design innovators are listed below: 


Design for Social Change


A website about urbanization, design and social change Project H: A humanitarian design non-profit 
Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries Social advertising and non-profit campaigns from around the globe.
"A non-profit organisation that aims to foster a discourse on social design... "  

Think Publican Awards


Emily Pilloton: Teaching Design for Change


Social Design Sites


Design and Social Change

Ariel Lapidus
May, 2011 

One of the rapidly developing web-based movements in the communication design field would appear to be focused on the aggregation of websites connected to all things design. Whether intentional or not, this trend is resulting in the creation of a global design community. This is only appropriate, since design is the sine qua non of the world-wide web. Without design we’d be stuck searching and surfing through a basically black and white, text only digital media landscape. Wikipedia gives examples of Communication Design as applied in the creative communities and specifically with relevance to cyber-design, including information architecture, editing, typography, illustration, web design, animation, advertising, ambient media, visual identity design and …copywriting.” The assemblage of websites, content, images, design experts and design trend setters is resulting in the evolution of a transnational, diverse and incredibly rich global culture.

Designers are carrying on the long tradition, dating back to pre-history, of humans using transportation technology to extend cultural influence and advance cultural integration. Historically, one can assume that traders, traveling by foot, on wheeled vehicles or sailing vessels (and eventually taking trains, planes and automobiles) were not only transporting goods but were also transplanting cultural objects. So today, designers using the web as a content aggregation tool are exponentially accelerating the pace of the remixing of cultures, as well as shifting perceptions about a whole range of design topics. In doing so, these trend-setters are making it easier for fellow-designers, as well as consumers, prosumers and producers to connect and create.


Media That Matters

The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action. Every June, Media That Matters presents a new collection of twelve shorts. The festival launches in New York City with a World Premiere at the IFC Center and an Awards Ceremony at HBO ...The festival launch also includes the Media as a Tool for Social Change Workshop, a unique convening of filmmakers, educators, activists, nonprofits and youth.

About Media That Matters Film Festival


A Starter List of Must Follow Design Sites


Trend Setters & Aggregators - Design Sites & Designers:

A design portal  which succeeds beautifully with a mandate of “Expanding the design conversation” 

Extrapolating from it's home page: Cool Hunting has an international team of editors and contributors who sift through innovations in design, technology, art and culture. 


 It’s home page dropdown menu says it all: technology, DESIGN, ethonomics, leadership 



"is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!"


IDEO is global design firm that includes social innovation among their areas of expertise. IDEO has created OpenIDEO, a online community for the "collective social good"Design Thinking for Educators, and is developing  "spreading human centered desgin thoughout the social sector."

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