Design in the Sociopolitical Arena
Heather Mantovani is a design student who sent us her ideas for helping folks in this politically charged season to better understand fundamental differences in sociopolitical ideals. The first is called “Fish or Fishing Pole?” (.pdf) Heather suggests you fold the card in half and stand it on the TV while watching political debates. After each candidate offers a plan or idea or response, the card reminds you to evaluate whether the candidate is offering you a fish (something to help you only briefly) or offering you a fishing pole (to help you to sustain yourself better from now on). Great idea!
The second is a pro-Conservative postcard (.pdf) that clearly and plainly explains one of the fundamental pillars of Liberal ideology, which could help people quickly determine whether or not they hold with being treated in this regard ? or ? if they prefer the Conservative alternative.
Please note that these projects are not officially sanctioned by the organizations or websites referred to on the cards, as this is just a student exercise and design proposal.
I thought Heather’s work was very nice and that these were interesting examples of using design to communicate in the social arena. Thanks for sharing, Heather!
Click on either to download the printable PDF.