In July 1987, a working paper entitled Graphic Design for Development was submitted by board members of ICOGRADA (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations) to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), following a 4-day seminar in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objectives of the seminar were to raise awareness on the contributions graphic design can make in improving people’s lives and to increase a better understanding of graphic design in international organizations.
21 years on, this study shows how graphic designers have become more sensitive to world issues and how the professional world of design tries to encourage and promote new social design practices.
The Role of Graphic Design in International Development was originally written by Sali Sasaki for Seoul’s 2008 Design Olympiad. This PDF is a re-edition with a new layout.
This is a publication in progress and we are looking for examples of graphic design projects with a social or cultural conscious . Please contact us if you would like to submit your project.
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