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Spotlight: Henry James Garrett | Drawings of Dogs

Brighton based illustrator Henry James Garrett aka Drawings of Dogs first created his wonderful illustrated stories after dropping out of his PhD studies due to anxiety. He started drawing and creating stories as a means of soothing his anxiety, which eventually lead to selling greeting cards. This is his story, wonderfully illustrated, of course:

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I first found out about Henry’s illustrations from Pride London who have collaborated with him for this year’s Pride festival. Prior to this he currently has a series of weekly cartoons for The i Newspaper, which features other animals, called Adventures in Anthropomorphism. The comic above is a narrative told by Billie, Henry’s real life dog, which first appeared in CALMzine, a magazine for mental health charity CALM. This makes me love Henry even more because I am a huge supporter of CALM.

So he’s created illustrations for Pride and CALM. He’s living my dream.

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Pride tweeted “Homophobia can duck off! Around 1,500 animal species practice same-sex coupling. Only one species practices homophobia.”

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“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. Always assume that a person is an expert in themself.”

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Above are some of the illustrations he has created for Pride, but he also covers other topics like racism, feminism, kindness, politics, and of course his usual funny animal jokes:

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I love his style – the simple, line drawn illustrations is reminiscent of my own preferred illustration style. I have always been drawn (pun intended) towards art that conveys a strong message and make us question how we treat each other. Comics that make us giggle are great too – let’s not under-appreciate his copy skills.

I honestly will be here forever if I post all my favourites, so make sure you check out his Instagram.

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BBC Neurodiversity: magneticNorth

MagneticNorth has created an identity for a new BBC project to help people with neurological conditions (such as Tourette’s, dyslexia and autism) in the workplace.

The logo and the brand’s font is simple and clean, reflecting research that claims that people on the autistic spectrum can find complex patterns unpleasant and distracting. Likewise, the colour palette for the brand was intended to feel calming and accessible for all, yet bold enough to stand out amongst other campaigns.” (src: magneticNorth).

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CAPE, an acronym from “creating a positive environment” was developed by the BBC. Only 15% of working age people with neurodiverse conditions are in employment, and this longterm project aims to promote the notion that they “have unique talents and skills that are not currently being harnessed affectively in the workplace.”

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The branding is currently featured on print posters, digital screens, leaflets and event branding.

As someone with a huge interest in social design, projects like CAPE reinforce why I love my industry. Designers (and general creatives) have the ability, and opportunity, to communicate and educate using their talent, for the greater good. What an incredibly special skill to have!

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Milan Vayntrub: A Creative Force for Good

What a fantastic career! Below are my favorite parts of the article…

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Do you think activism and creativity are becoming more intertwined? Is there more of a relationship between things that people view as entertainment and as activism?
People are really waking up to a global responsibility, especially our generation, and I think the internet has a big part in it. I think it’s maybe just a time of so much strife in the world that it’s hard to ignore. Then there are brilliant comedians that make it something digestible but also infuriating. So yeah, I think entertainment and activism go very much hand in hand. Though I don’t want to say it’s an entertainer’s responsibility to also be an activist. I don’t even really think of myself as an activist. I just feel very passionate about these people who are going through a hard time.

And part of getting ahead in the entertainment world is now about your social currency, too.
I think about that a lot. When I started to get a backlash for my opinions, I looked at what other women and men in the industry that I respect are doing. Some of them are big philanthropists and quiet on social media [about it]. Their social media is about their product, and their product is them, and so they post their selfies and their behind-the-scenes pics and people like it and love it and they build their audience and they book their work and then they donate quietly, and that is really cool. Then there are other people I respect like Macklemore, who uses his voice constantly to try to make change in the world, and that’s really brave and scary, and I respect that, too. I don’t know which one I should be doing because it fucks me up to have to have those conversations. And I do, I engage with those people on Twitter, and I don’t know if that’s the right thing to do.

Also, it’s so cocky of me to think that I could change anyone’s mind, but I can’t do nothing. How am I not supposed to talk to these 100,000 people about something that’s tearing me up today? How am I supposed to act like it’s not happening? How am I supposed to post my happy selfie today when I’m actually really distraught about the murder that’s happening in the world? Maybe I should. Maybe this will be the downfall of my career if people stop following me and studios don’t want to be involved with someone this controversial—not that I am controversial in any way—I don’t know what is the right move or the more advisable career move, but life is long and complicated and you’ve got to do what you feel is right.

[quotes and image from adweek]

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New Blood Entry — Ice Cream for Change

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Unilever – Solve megacity problems / 2014

Gay propaganda is forbidden in Moscow. A lot of countries condemn this, but it’s time for personal support from inside the country. Ben and Jerry’s creates special packages replacing ‘Ben’ and ‘Jerry’ with names of gay couples and sell them in supermarkets in Moscow. Additionally gay Moscovites can participate in gay prides around the world. They dance in front of their webcam and are projected live on Ben and Jerry’s trucks in gay prides worldwide. Being the first to ‘infiltrate’ the country with our gay support campaign we hope to inspire many others and be a catalyst of change.

Students:
Anne-Grit Maier
Daria Rustambekova
Francesca Van Haverbeke

 

I love this! Any LGBT propaganda, and I’m a fan. And I love the last sentence, because I’m definitely inspired by this social design.

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Meet “ELO”, a special teddy bear from Amaral Carvalho Hospital in Brazil

ELO is a teddy bear that links hospitalised children with the love that is part of their lives.

Got to love a bit of social design! Cute idea.

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