Twelve Posters, One Message. #silencetheviolence
Design is powerful. It has the ability to transcend and alter our lives in many positive ways.
Another powerful reality is the disturbing violence Chicago is experiencing. For many of us, reading the headlines and stories in the news are as close as we’ve gotten to the senseless murder and violence taking place in our city on a daily basis. For many others, particularly innocent children living in these areas, it hits all too close to home.
With a shared belief that community and cause-based organizations can fundamentally improve the human condition, The Chicago Design Museum and Ferrer Foundation partnered to create Designing Hope For Chicago, a poster series who's mission is to bring awareness to violence in our city through inspiring art and design.
The artwork was originally produced for a one-night only exhibition on December 8th, 2014 at the Chicago Design Museum.
Weeks ago, twelve of Chicago's top designers were hand-selected to participate in the exhibition. They were shown the video above, which includes a handful of youth impacted by the Ferrer Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established in 2007 to serve youth in underserved Chicago communities.
The children's personal stories and journeys inspired original and dramatic works of art. The diverse poster selection – which shares an overarching theme of peace, hope and unity – was received by the community with an incredible amount of support.
We have created this Kickstarter campaign to in order to produce a limited run of these special prints to the broader community.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and learn more about the children, the personal meaning and inspiration behind each of the posters, and the designers who created them — all of this hopefully allowing you to make a deeper connection to our positive message.
"This represents the creation of something positive from something negative and building hope for our communities." — Alex Solis
"Inside the mind of every person is a tiny seed, a seed that belongs not only to themselves but to everyone around them. That seed should be nurtured, cultivated and grown with every ounce of love that it deserves so that one day it can blossom into someone who understands the true meaning and fragility of the human spirit. It only takes a single gunshot to destroy someone's life forever. It only takes a second to realize that there is a message you can send that is stronger than violence - the message of love and forgiveness." —Kyle Poff
"Violence comes from inside. All emotions come from inside. We have control over our insides. We have control over our emotions. Be calm." — Jason Pickleman
"Due to their circumstances, most young adolescents in lower income situations need to make life-changing decisions at a young age in order to prosper. It’s easy to get distracted with the traumatic events that occur within their lives, which most Americans don’t see in a lifetime. Road Less Traveled depicts a young child who wants to prevail and has dreams to succeed. However, this child may struggle with the temptation of negativity that surrounds him. But if he stay’s focused and looks toward the road less traveled, he may achieve something that he never even knew existed." — Ishmael Adams
"I wanted to do something to encourage the youth and empower them in some way. I didn't want to do anything that made me, others or the participants in the program feel sorry for the circumstances. So I looked at this as an opportunity to provide the best advice I could or leave them with words that would make an impact. What I initially came up with was… See your challenges and opportunities for resilience. I shortened it because I didn't want to do designed quote poster and what I came up with was "Shine ON!" — Brandon Breaux
"The abstract use of simple hand cut paper shapes comes together above the banner of Peace. The shapes as well as the bold colors are meant to evoke a positive feeling. I wanted to leave it more open to the viewer to feel the peace and start to bring some of there own experience into the abstracted piece and start to see elements that might stand out to them."— Cody Hudson
"When the threat of violence is present, a fear for being in your own front yard can be very real. Home should be a safe place, and a community's environment should feel like home all the same." — Michael Renaud
"It is exactly what is necessary for change. This piece is dedicated to my cuzin Josh that lost his life Nov. 14th to gun violence. Too young, too soon, over stupid sh*t." — UPENDO
"Let's save our forgotten Chicago streets, be inspired by their history, let's rebuild our blocks, take pride in them, let's better them for the future of this city and the future of its children." — Nico Gibson
"The pattern of violence, incarceration and irretrievable youth is a national problem seen in full and devastating effect in Chicago. Together, we are strong. Let's break this pattern." — Will Miller
"I was struck by the sentiment that the kids’ felt most safe in their house, with their family. Make A Home Outside A Home acknowledges the positive efforts of the Ferrer Foundation and serves as a call to nurture a place of peace and opportunity for children affected by violence." — Michael Savona
From Sara Frisk: “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
*Special thanks to Rohner Letterpress for donating the blind embossing process for this print.
The Poster Specs
The posters will be printed on 12x18 80# cover stock on an Indigo color digital printer, with the exception of "Obscured Vision", which will be processed via blind embossing on black 80# cover stock.
Risks and challenges
We don't anticipate any issues with production and fulfillment on this project. We are working with Classic Color, a well known Chicago printer who did an amazing job producing the prints for the exhibition.
We plan to print and ship the posters before the end of January to all backers.
Specific shipping dates will be communicated once the project has closed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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