Community-Activated Design

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Contributed by Clinton Carlson, University of Nebraska Kearney

TRY THIS PROJECT

1. Pick a message and define a local community.

2. Design a system of posters that remain 80 to 90 percent blank, but have consistent type, color, placement, and orientation.

3. Develop a library of stencils, which can be both image-based and purely geometric. Posterboard coated on both sides makes a great stencil material.

4. Determine a simple color palette of three to five colors and prepare latex house paint in these colors with dense, three-to-six-inch-long foam rollers.

5. Facilitate workshops with community members, and introduce basic design principles, such as repetition, contrast, and cropping, as well as the materials and methods of stenciling.

6. Ask participants to work quickly and not to worry about being perfect. Each participant should produce ten to fifteen posters in an hour-and-a-half workshop. Encourage experimentation. There are no wrong solutions.

7. Install the final posters in a place that is accessible to the community.

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Contributed by Clinton Carlson, University of Nebraska Kearney

See p. 106 and 107 of Participate for sample student work