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This is an info-graphic produced by an independent graphic designer showing the comparison in the scale of deaths of Israeli, Lebanese, UN and Canadian troops during the conflict between Hizballah's paramilitary foces and the Israel Defence Forces in July 2006. Since it's formation in the 1980s the militarized and political group, Hizballah, has been committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon. In this info-graphic, each person killed during the Israeli-Lebanon conflict is represented by a single coffin. The graphic was updated daily during the conflict to include...
Posted by maya on Mon, 20/12/2010 - 20:46
Animated hip-hop
Hip-hop as a musical genre is rooted in the experiences of marginalised communities in the United States. It provided a vehicle to express anger, repression and yearnings for a better life. Although, decades later, money and the mainstreaming of the genre has changed hip-hop, it still remains an expression of protest in many parts of the world. This series of videos by Lena Merhej and Maher Abu Samra show the combination of simple animations and hip-hop being used for advocacy. Checkpoints, settlements, and the inability of Palestinians to live freely in the West Bank have encouraged...
Posted by Ramsey on Sat, 04/12/2010 - 02:14
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Visualisation techniques can make your data really accessible and clear but if not used properly, they can also tell your story wrong, complicate your message or oversimplify an issue. This is the case with the first video of the “Girl Effect”, a campaign created by the Nike Foundation to raise money for girls education in developing countries.   Although the video has some really nice visuals and is a good example of the creative use of typography, it fails to adequately capture its audience because it oversimplifies the issue of social development. In trying to show viewers the...
Posted by faith on Fri, 26/11/2010 - 13:41
A Year in Iraq
Enlarge this image to see the full infographic.  Iraq has been a deadly battlezone for over seven years and particularly for people in the military and police. This infographic, first published in the New York Times, was compiled using data from the American and Iraqi governments and news media organisations (the Independent Coalition Casualty Count in particular). It reveals information on the type and location of each attack responsible for the 2,592 recorded deaths among American and other coalition troops, Iraqi security forces, and members of the Kurdish Peshmerga between...
Posted by maya on Tue, 23/11/2010 - 22:01
Salwa animation - IndyAct
The Adventures of Salwa is a campaign from IndyAct Lebanon to tackle sexual harassment and get girls and women to fight back and defend themselves (which the lead character, Salwa, quite literally does with her red handbag as her weapon). Ali Fakhry, the communications director for IndyAct in Lebanon said they’ve received a great response about the campaign, but its been the work of many to make this campaign successful and to maintain it's success. “We made the design and we named it The Adventures of Salwa. We made a comic of a regular Lebanese girl. She is fighting against sexual...
Posted by faith on Mon, 25/10/2010 - 14:16
Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza
Open Street Maps is a global project that maps cities around the world through the collective efforts of everyday people. Most geographical data and maps are created from data that is protected by copyright legislation and is expensive to use. Open Street Maps is free and constantly being edited and updated by the efforts of volunteers around the world. How it works: Open Street Maps uses free and open source software, allowing volunteers using GPS (Global Positioning System - a global navigation satellite-based system that gives location information) to record and share information about the...
Posted by maya on Tue, 12/10/2010 - 11:52
Blank noise image
The idea that the way a woman dresses invites sexual harassment or rape is a familiar one. It is used as a means to undermine survivors' allegations in court cases, in the media and by perpetrators themselves to justify their actions. The Blank Noise Project in India challenges these preconceptions, arguing that if this is really the case, then why do women in everyday, non-revealing clothing still have harassment stories to tell? It interrogates the normalisation of “eve-teasing” (term used in India to refer to public sexual harrassment of women) as something women should just ignore and...
Posted by faith on Mon, 11/10/2010 - 20:27
Save the Tree by Nadine Chahine
Nadine Chahine is a Lebanese graphic designer who created a series of designs for T-shirts that she shared freely via her blog during the 2006 Lebanon-Israel conflict.Her thought-provoking designs were intended for use by activists and civil society who wanted to raise awareness about the impact of the conflict with Israel. Chahine says in her blog: 'As a political tool, they achieved nothing, but then neither did the UN. As a design expression, it helped me voice my own feelings at the time and I found that through these simple design exercises, healing could begin. The nightmare that...
Posted by maya on Fri, 01/10/2010 - 20:02
Ninjabi Comic Strip
Ninjabi is a word made up by combining 'ninja' and 'hijabi'. Ninjabi is a comic-strip created by a group of four people who go by the aliases Amethyst, Diamond, Muskaan and Elysium. Ninjabi features a young woman called Noor and her group of friends living in the United States. Ninjabi subverts stereotypes about what it means to be a young woman who wears a hijab, a simple piece of cloth that has come to be much-maligned outside the Arab world. Like many women around the world, Ninjabi portrays Noor believing in the hijab as a source of strength.Ninjabi touches on a number of themes that...
Posted by maya on Thu, 23/09/2010 - 04:46
Women's Equality in Canada
A coalition of women’s rights organisation in Canada called Women's Equality produced short animation films in a series called 'Put Equality Back on Track'. Women's organisations wanted to bring attention to the fact that Stephen Harper, the serving President elected in 2006, had not stuck to his promises to further women's rights. Canada is a signatory to UN conventions and charters on women's rights but have not followed through on it's commitments. A particularly pressing issue in Canada is women not receiving equal pay for equal work. Additionally, shortly after being elected, Harper...
Posted by maya on Tue, 21/09/2010 - 00:56