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Capital Canvases for a Cause: Graphic Illustrator Supports YoungLives

Capital Canvases for a Cause is a monthly event in Washington, D.C., organized by Long & Foster on Capitol Hill, that supports local artists and community-based organizations with wine, hors d’oeuvres and networking. Art sales are split evenly between the featured artists and the nonprofit. The latest Capital Canvases event featured the artist known as […]

GOOD by Design Showcases Spirit of Generosity

  Highlights from the 2011 Benevolent Media Festival: On Sunday, November 6, The BOSS Group, in partnership with The Art Institute of Washington, hosted a charity design day to benefit D.C.-area nonprofits in need of marketing, design and communications support. Even before the holiday spirit set in, The BOSS Group was giving the gift of […]

Call for Entries: Designs for Development

  Roots of Development, a nonprofit that helps impoverished communities in Haiti, is calling on designers to submit entries for the Designs for Development competition: Winning designs will be printed on eco-friendly tote bags and sold online and at future Roots of Development events to help increase awareness of our organization locally and provide funding for our […]

Q&A with Nathan Pham, Founder of

  “In goodness we trust” is Nathan Pham’s tagline for his company, Goodjoe Inc., a community-based T-shirt company he started with an old college buddy, Jourdan Yeh.  The California-based start-up is a classic example of benevolent media: “We use the T-shirt as our basic medium to inspire people to do ‘good’ and reach out to others to […]

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…”

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” and so is a good map or infographic. Why are visuals such as infographics and maps an essential part of conveying complex data to tell a good story? This is a brief exploration about my love for complex data in the form of graphical representations and how an infographic can […]

AIGA’s (Re)Design Awards: Deadline Extended!

If you’re a procrastinator, lucky you! The deadline for submitting work to AIGA’s (Re)Design Awards competition has been extended by one week to Friday, July 29. According to the contest guidelines, “All design work entered in the competition should communicate the importance of social responsibility or sustainability for our planet in one way or another.” Any […]

The Core77 Design Awards Announced: Watch Online

In its first year, Core77 is recognizing excellence in 15 categories of design enterprise.  The awards are being given in the following areas: Furniture/Lighting;  Never Saw the Light of Day; Interactive/Web/Mobile; Design Education Initiatives; Graphics/Branding/Identity; Service Design; Interiors/Exhibition; Strategy/Research; Products/Equipment; DIY/Hack/MOD; Soft Goods/Apparel; Transportation; Speculative Objects/Concepts; Packaging; Design for Social Impact. Benevolent Media congratulates all of the entrants […]

Last Day to Apply! “Weaving Love, Creating Hope”

Last Day to Apply! “Weaving Love, Creating Hope”

  Design21, the social design network, has a new competition. The objective: “Design a product to Wrap the World with Hope made with a check fabric.” There’s only one more day to apply! The application deadline is April 21 at 5:59 p.m. UTC. Winners will receive $3,000 and be introduced by Grameen Felissimo, a new social […]

Cause-Affect: A Social Design Competition

  Cause-Affect: A Social Design Competition “AIGA San Francisco is hosting it’s biennial, international design competition that celebrates the work of designers and organizations who set out to positively impact our society. ” Deadline for entries: June 24, 2011.

Designing Posters to Change the World

Posters are inherently persuasive. Their sole purpose is to communicate a message, inspire a movement, educate the masses, sell an idea. Whether fully textual or wholly graphical, posters have been around through the ages in all their various realms — from politics to pop — to make a point in print. In this digital age, […]

Pro Bono Design and Communications Resources for Nonprofits

Last month, Discovery Communications announced a new initiative, Discovery Impact: Creating Change, a 12-hour “marathon” event planned for mid-December, when the company’s employees lend their talents and resources to local nonprofits in need of marketing, communications and other creative services. Creating Change was created as a continuation of Discover Your Impact Day, the company’s global […]

Data Viz Overdose: How to Keep Infographics Good and Relevant

Anthony Calabrese of MediaShift today writes about the power of infographics: “Data visualization is taking the web by storm and, with a little luck, it might be the next big thing in online journalism. Buoyed by the open data movement and accelerating change in newsrooms around the country, it has become something more than just […]