Visualising Women's Rights - conflict en Graphic Design: Nadine Chahine's T-Shirt Designs <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-55" style="width: 185px;"><a href="/content/graphic-design-nadine-chahines-t-shirt-designs"><img src="" alt="Save the Tree by Nadine Chahine" title="Save the Tree by Nadine Chahine" class="image image-thumbnail " width="185" height="200" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nadine Chahine is a Lebanese graphic designer who created a series of designs for T-shirts that she shared freely via her <a href="" target="_blank">blog</a> 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 Lebanon is going through is more than what one could easily describe in words.' Nadine's designs were re-printed on to t-shirts and worn by people around the world who were against the attacks on Lebanon.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it:</span>Nadine's designs are both simple and powerful, telling multiple stories, and political and emotional expressions through a single image. For instance, the image captioned 'Save the Tree' (featured here) cleverly uses a globally resonant environmental theme - 'saving trees' - with the image of the Cedar tree that is emblematic of Lebanon and is featured on the country's flag. By combining the two, Chahine's design is a simple statement of Lebanon's plight during the 2006 conflict. The designs also have a local feel to them, drawing from the history of visual culture and graphic art in the Arab region, making them familiar to the local population. Moreover, the designs were free to download, share and put on t-shirt</p> <p>Category: Visualisations about conflict in the Arab world.</p> <p>Year:2006.</p> <p>Created by: Nadine Chahine.</p> <p>Source: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> </div> </div> </div> conflict Design Font Graphic Lebanon T-shirt Fri, 01 Oct 2010 14:32:35 +0000 maya 54 at Machsom Watch: Documenting Checkpoints & Military Courts in Palestine & Israel <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-81" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/machsom-watch-documenting-checkpoints-military-courts-palestine-israel"><img src="" alt="Machsom Watch Site" title="Machsom Watch Site" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="88" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On a cold February morning in 2001, five pioneering Israeli women - Ronnee Jaeger, Adi Kuntsman, Yehudit Keshet, Yael Lavi-Jenner and Stephanie Black - arrived at Checkpoint 300 between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Inspired by similar actions in Guatemala, Ronnee Jaeger encouraged this group of women, who saw themselves as subversive and radical, to challenge the Israeli military on it's own ground. The five women who started Machsom Watch had a clear agenda - to monitor the behaviour of the military, monitor (and protect) Palestinian Human Rights and bear witness to what was happening. 'Machsom' is a Hebrew word meaning 'barrier' or 'checkpoint'.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It</span></p> <p>While Machsom Watch is not expressly about 'women's rights' we believe it is an important documentation initiative by a group of women's human rights activists in this region. As the histories of Palestine and Israel have unfolded against the waves of Intifadas, persistent violent conflict, the changing political formations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the blockading of Gaza, the women volunteers of Machsom Watch have been quietly documenting daily events. Their focus is on reporting incidents occuring at all the checkpoints across Palestine, and in Israeli military courts. They compile summaries of events and highlight certain key themes and concerns. By doing so, Machsom Watch have built up an impressive database of incidents that is a testament to the actions of the military.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">We Liked the Map!</span></p> <p>One of their earlier websites displayed detailed observation data in the form of a map. Their&nbsp; current <a href="">website </a>does not use the mapping function any longer, preferring to organise information into videos, photos, 'spotlights' and detailed observation reports. Somehow, the map-based visualisation gave a strong sense of stories of the land and location organised neatly together, and that is also the history of this region. Additionally, in using a map a viewer unfamiliar with the area could get a visual sense of how small this area is and how tightly spaces are being policed, how close together (or far away) they are. We hope Machsom Watch will bring back their map!</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Source:</span> Machsom Watch</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Website: </span><a href=""> </a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Year: </span>Since 2001<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><br /></span></p> </div> </div> </div> checkpoint conflict documentation Israel machsomwatch map military Palestine reports women Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:38:53 +0000 maya 80 at Infographic: Israel-Lebanon Death Toll <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-41" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/infographic-israel-lebanon-death-toll"><img src="" alt="coffins.jpg" title="coffins.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="82" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">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 additional numbers of people killed. </span><span style="font-weight: normal;">The info-graphic is based on a simple count of statistics obtained from mainstream news media reports, and in particular the BBC. </span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-size: small;">Why we like it: </span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: small;">What is arresting about this graphic is that it presents a comparison in the scale of deaths on both sides of the conflict. It transforms a simple list of numbers into a graphic that reveals how severely the Lebanese population was affected as compared to others involved in the conflict, including UN and Canadian troops. Using the coffin as a symbol to represent the death toll is also sobering, challenging the common feeling of desensitization, or apathy, that is sometimes associated with numbers. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Category:&nbsp;</strong>Visualisations about conflict in the Arab world.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Year:&nbsp;</strong>2006</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Source:</strong>&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=""></a></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> conflict Death Toll Infographic Israel Lebanon visualisation Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:16:26 +0000 maya 42 at Infographic: A Year in Iraq <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-69" style="width: 171px;"><a href="/content/infographic-year-iraq"><img src="" alt="A Year in Iraq" title="A Year in Iraq" class="image image-thumbnail " width="171" height="200" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Enlarge this image</a>&nbsp;to see the full infographic.&nbsp;</p> <p>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<a href="" target="_blank"> New York Times</a>,&nbsp;was compiled using data from the American and Iraqi governments and news media organisations (the <a href="" target="_blank">Independent Coalition Casualty Count</a> 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 1 January and 31 December 2007.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span></p> <p>This graphic takes a vast amount of data that would otherwise be quite difficult to sift through and make sense of, and converts it into a one page visualisation. It uses different coloured icons and symbols to represent how different military personnel were killed on every day in 2007. It allows for comparisons between how different personnel have been vulnerable in Iraq. For example, just by scanning the visual it becomes evident that Suicide Bombs, emotive and much-talked-of in popular press, are actually one of the less frequent causes of attacks on personnel. However, while this infographic captures a great deal of information, it does make for difficult reading on a computer screen, given that it's densely packed together. A print-out or a poster, perhaps, would be a more useful document to look at.</p> <p>Category: Visualisations of Conflict in the Arab World</p> <p>Year: 2008</p> <p>By: Adriana Lins de Albuquerque and Alicia Cheng &nbsp;</p> <p>Source: <a href="" target="_blank">New York Times</a></p> </div> </div> </div> conflict Data Infographic Iraq visualisation Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:31:49 +0000 maya 68 at Map: Land in Dispute <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-51" style="width: 52px;"><a href="/content/map-land-dispute"><img src="" alt="The Shrinking Map of Palestine" title="The Shrinking Map of Palestine" class="image image-thumbnail " width="52" height="200" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This series of images was published in the London Times article titled “Truth in Mapping”, 5 May 2006. It uses a series of maps to show the changes in the territorial boundaries between Israel and Palestine from 1917 to 2006.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It</span></p> <p>This series of images demonstrates how maps can reveal far more than geography: illuminating complex political and social issues between nations and different groups of people. The visual shrinking of Palestinian land gives a clear representation of an issue which is so hotly debated and controversial in the media. It cleverly uses a very neutral title, “Land in Dispute”, so as not to alienate some readers who might be put off by ostensibly “pro-Palestine” content. It works at two levels: giving the reader a quick and effective grasp of the situation at a glance and also, with the extra information around the map and the legend, a bit more of an understanding of the history and context of the situation.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Category: </strong>Visualisations of Conflict in the Arab World</p> <p><strong>Year: </strong>2006</p> <p><strong>By:</strong>&nbsp;London Times</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> conflict Israel land map Palestine Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:45:18 +0000 faith 50 at Animation: Lift the Siege on Gaza <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-53" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animation-lift-siege-gaza"><img src=" shot 2010-09-23 at 10.02.56 AM.thumbnail.png" alt="Lift the Seige on Gaza" title="Lift the Seige on Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="136" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of a larger campaign to demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (<a href="" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a>) launched a short animated clip, “Lift the Siege on Gaza”. The animation, created by Alon Simone, challenged the effectiveness of this siege on the grounds that Israel's attempt to cripple Hamas is actually serving to enrich them. The animation shows how goods that are not allowed to enter Gaza from Israel are smuggled into the country from Egypt through tunnels where Hammas collects money on them.</p> <p><object width="480" height="414" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In just over 50 seconds the film communicates a pressing and controversial issue using a recognisable cartoon style seen regularly on television, but used here to tackle a serious issue. The colour and expression of the characters brings a different angle to a subject worn out in media and advocacy debate. The opening screen text, “The siege on Gaza brought Hamas to its knees, you think?” and the bouncing soundtrack, does what a body of text can't do. It creates humour, revealing the irony of Hamas benefiting from a scheme intended to injure them. It carefully uses the style to engage a certain audience but not to undermine the severity of the problem but points to the true consequences of the blockade, the people in Gaza are the only people to suffer, concluding that a “Siege doesn’t collapse a government a siege just makes people miserable.”</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><strong>Year:</strong> 2009</p> <p><strong>By:&nbsp;</strong><a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #998565;" href="" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a></p> <p><strong>Category:</strong> Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> </div> </div> </div> animation conflict Gaza Hamas Israel video visualisation Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:46:03 +0000 faith 30 at