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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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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.

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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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