Charity: Water Poster Series


For those who aren’t familiar with Charity: Water, they’re a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world. Most of us take clean drinking water for granted, but not everyone is so lucky. Here are some stats to ponder:

90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.

For their September Campaign, Charity: Water invited 14 designers to create limited-edition India-inspired posters. The poster featured here was designed by Jonathan & Melissa Motzkin of Makewell.

The posters are only $20, and 100% of profits will go to water projects in Orissa, India. Get one here. Get some nice art to decorate your walls, and help get clean and safe water to people who need it.

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon is an American designer and typographer who was the chief designer at Penguin and studied under Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann. He’s also credited with bringing the Swiss Style to the UK.

In honor of his work, SEA has produced a book of his work and two screen prints. There will also be an exhibition from Sept. 4 – Oct. 6 at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

More info on Cinamon here.

I’ve never seen Cinamon’s work until now, and it’s impressive.

Glory Glory

Glory Glory

Sometimes I wish I lived in the UK, so that I can attend all these great design exhibitions. Glory Glory is one of them, an upcoming exhibition and book of large format typographic posters based on football (soccer) chants. Some of the contributors are Ben Bos, Wim Crouwel, Bibliothèque, Build, Craig Oldham, Experimental Jetset, Mash Creative, SEA, Spin, Dave Sedgwick, and many more.

The exhibition will take place tomorrow at:

Hoxton Arches
37 Cremer Street
London E2 8HD

All proceeds will go to British Blind Sport.

This great exhibition is curated by Nick Blakeman, Alex Brown and Craig Oldham, and sponsored by Gavin Martin Colournet and GF Smith.

I haven’t been able to find any of the posters that were designed for the event, but Dave Sedgwick sent in his awesome contribution, which is pictured above. His piece uses football studs to create the type and the chant is of the Argentinian team, Boca Juniors. It’s made of wood and acrylic, and the rest of the chant is etched into the wood around the edges.

Great designers, great design, for a good cause. Sounds like it’s going to be a fun time. If you’re in London, be sure not to miss this.

Munich ’72 – Design Legacy

Munich '72 - Design Legacy

40 years ago, Otl Aicher and his team designed the revolutionary identity system for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. UCA Canterbury in the UK is celebrating this iconic work with an exhibition featuring posters, pictograms, information design, and range of print and promotion materials from the games. The exhibit will be held from June 29th – July 31st at the Herbert Read Gallery.

Eye Magazine also has a nice write-up of the exhibit, along with some photos.

Hand Written Letter Project

Hand written letter project crouwel

Here’s a great little project by the talented Craig Oldham. Hand Written Letter Project was started in 2007, and is a collection of hand written letters by some well-regarded designers on their own stationery. Some of the invited designers include Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Tony Brook, Milton Glaser, and my favorite of the collection, Wim Crouwel.

The collection will be released in a limited edition book that will accompany a traveling exhibition, both of which will be raising funds for the National Literacy Trust.

Great idea and cause.