Japan: Social Art and Design for Earthquake Relief
Filed Under: World | Posted: 03/16/2011 at 2:27PM
Comments | Region: Japan
Written by Tomomi Sasaki
Three design-related projects have emerged out of the destruction of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan last Friday 11 March, 2011.
The creators of the #prayforjapan initiative that encourages well-wishers across the world to send messages of support via microblogging site Twitter and make online donations, have made a number of logos available in multiple sizes for print, animated banners, and social media icons.
This project is being led by blogger and advertising expert Naoyuki Sato, better known as Satonao. He explains [jp] how the project began after he received a tweet by Mikihiko Sawahata (@hossib), the owner of a Japanese restaurant Bissoh in Beaune, France:
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Heart-warming taglines appealing for energy saving are coming into the world on Twitter with the hash-tag #setsudencopy. It was inspired by the concern people have shown for each other. It’s a shame to keep this just to Twitter!
That’s why we’re asking for energy saving POSTERS! Print them, and cover the walls of your city (well, don’t forget to ask for permission ok?) You don’t have a printer? No problem. Did you know Seven-Eleven has printers? You just have to enter the “net print” number at the bottom of each poster into the photocopier at the store!
If you’ve made a poster, then click on “post this energy saving poster”! If you’re new to the Internet, just send it to us by email!
Graphics are being submitted to the project’s Tumblr blog, with the first one posted on March 12, 2011.
The images are available to the public:
In a statement announcing the cancellation, Murakami made a suggestion:
With the theme of providing encouragement to the victims and those who have despaired in the quake’s aftermath, will you join me in uploading artwork to Twitter’s affiliated image posting sites?
As an art festival, GEISAI should be on the front lines of this movement and it is with that in mind that we have selected the theme below and ask everyone to begin submitting their images!
The hashtag will be #newday_GEISAI
Tomorrow will always arrive.
The sun will always rise again.
A new day,
This is our theme.
This post is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011.
Originally Published at Global Voices: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/03/16/japan-social-art-and-design-for-earthquake-relief/