In Design, We Trust | Using Design as a Vehicle for Activism

For this project, students became design activists.

Young people are in a powerful position. They are passionate, motivated, socially aware, digitally connected and radical thinkers. This superpower can be used for good to reach out and create a movement using the power of design.

Graphic designers, as design activists, are in a powerful position to visually create and support these types of movements by creating strong messages using their talents as a designer to create a positive impact in the world.

A hero message, a vibrant colour, and a powerful font style all add up to aid these messages to grab people’s attention and get messages noticed.


Mentored By: Jennifer Barrett – TICE Founder, Sharon Armstrong – Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Project Contributors: Sam Laverick – Freelance Graphic Designer & Art Director


The Brief:

For this project, students researched design activism and delved into graphic design history. They looked into various movements which gave them a clear understanding of how the impact of these movements, along with powerful creative messaging, create an impact on a range of global topics.

Working as design activists, students were required to support a young activist of their choice. This could be someone they knew or simply someone they admired – but ultimately, someone they felt could be supported with their design skills. It could be elevating a local charity, supporting a cause or anything else they felt needed awareness and action.

From there, they had to brand the movement and create a brand ‘DIY Movement Toolkit ’ for an insightful and engaging social change campaign.

The Process:

As part of the TICE experience, students were encouraged to share some ‘behind the scenes’ footage of them working on their projects. Take a look.


Project Results:

Please view the final results of the students’ work from Kazakhstan International School.

Amaya Valery
Ayse Uzunoglu

What did the students gain out of their TICE experience?

What do you think you will take away from doing this project?

I have couple of things that I will take away from this project, one being determined, I had to use a lot of time for this TICE project and sometimes It was hard balancing school work and TICE however I realized that this project made me more determined and I never gave up. Another thing that I learned from this project is new skills like using canva and photoshop.” Ayse Uzunoglu, Kazakhstan International School.

I have learnt various skills that I will need in life. I have practiced my time-management, my professionality skills and so many other skills that I will need in life even if I am not a graphic designer in the future.” Amaya Valery, Kazakhstan International School.

What was your favourite part of the project?

“My favorite part in this TICE project was part five because I got the chance to improve my sketch and make my final logo I really enjoyed it since I really love using Canva and making designs. Another thing I liked about this project was the amount of freedom we had our mentors were very supportive and they didn’t limit our creativity and they always gave us affirmative feedback which is amazing.” Ayse Uzunoglu, Kazakhstan International School.

What would you say to any young person thinking about doing a TICE project?

“I would tell them that they don’t have to worry about making any mistakes as they can always change and fix them throughout their project.” Amaya Valery, Kazakhstan International School.


And finally…

Thank you and well done, not only to the students but to the teachers and staff at Kazakhstan International School. Thank you to the companies that have supported and contributed to this project, and the TICE team that plugged away at the project week after week.

To the students – we hope you have enjoyed this project, we hope in years to come that you can proudly present an industry written project you did, achieved, quite frankly smashed. Well done and congratulations from everyone here at TICE.

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