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Apr 17, 2012

Sappi Ideas that Matter shows DGC project in their 2012 Call for Entries book

Sappi Ideas that Matter shows DGC project in their 2012 Call for Entries book

Today we got in the mail the advance copy of the 2012 Call for Entries book for Sappi Ideas that Matter. It beautifully showcases Design Global Change "Bringing Girls into Focus" Gender Equality campaign (showing 20 out of 30 cards we produced for high schools in northern India).

Conceived and designed in 2010-11 by Hartford Art School alumni: Constanza Gowen-SegoviaParker Hu and Tomasz Kazmierczak and Professor Natacha Poggio.

Oct 28, 2011

DGC'11 Nick Napoletano showcases ArtPrize work

DGC'11 Nick Napoletano showcases ArtPrize work

Earlier we shared that DGC'11 alumnus Nick Napoletano (Hartford Art School, BFA Illustration, expected May 2012) was participating in the prestigious ArtPrize competition showing his "Fraternal Co-dependence" entry September 21-October 9, 2011.

Now we would like to post images of Nick's monumental artwork, which involved a 7.5 ft. x 16 ft. canvas that breaks down and folds into four separate sections for easier transportation. The piece was painted in just over two months time working 16-20 hours a day. Over 1000 hours of work excluding canvas construction. The painting consists of 11 realistic figures —all life-size— utilizing an aerial perspective to capture an increased sense of dynamism in the poses. The rendering of the figures are done in a tightly refined style.

Fraternal Co-dependence is not shown in this post (yet) because it will be displayed at ArtPrize, therefore, we want to keep the mystery until it is presented to the public at the competition. Later we will update this post with Nick's amazing artkwork.

Nick Napoletano'12 with his amazing artkwork.

Fraternal Co-dependence (detail), 7.5 ft. x 16 ft.  (© 2011 — NICHOLAS NAPOLETANO)

Fraternal Co-dependence, 7.5 ft. x 16 ft.  (© 2011 — NICHOLAS NAPOLETANO)

Sep 9, 2011

DGC alumnus exhibits at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan

DGC'11 alumnus Nick Napoletano (Hartford Art School, BFA Illustration, expected 2012) is showing his "Fraternal Co-dependence" entry at ArtPrize competition September 21-October 9, 2011. ArtPrize is a radically open competition; open to any artist in the world who can find space; open to anybody in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue, open to a vote from anyone who attends.

Nick's monumental artwork involves a 8 ft. x 16 ft. canvas that breaks down and folds into four separate sections for easier transportation. The painting consists of 11 realistic figures —all life-size— arranged in a similar manner to those depicted in the Geisha Tsunami Response preparatory painting (See below- Image 1), utilizing an aerial perspective to capture an increased sense of dynamism in the poses. The rendering of the figures are done in a tightly refined style seen in the handling of the egg tempera and gold leaf female portrait in Catalyst (below, image 2).

Fraternal Co-dependence is not shown in this post (yet) because it will be displayed at ArtPrize, therefore, we want to keep the mystery until it is presented to the public at the competition. Later we will update this post with Nick's amazing artkwork.

Today, Nick and his dad began the 845-mile journey of transporting the artwork from Hartford to Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are confident that Nick will be a sensation at ArtPrize and we wish him best of luck getting the 1st place prize ($250,000).

Geisha Tsunami Response, 20"x25"  (© 2011 — NICHOLAS NAPOLETANO)

Catalyst 2010, 7”x9” (© 2011 — NICHOLAS NAPOLETANO)

Apr 13, 2011

Jessica Jackley (CEO Kiva.org) speaking with DGC team

Jessica Jackley (CEO Kiva.org) speaking with DGC team

On April 12, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and CEO of ProFounder came to talk to Design Global Change team on entrepreneurship, following passion, Africa and being persistent with establishing connections with people. Thanks, Jessica!


Apr 11, 2011

DGC Featured on SAPPI Ideas that Matter Website.

Design Global Change is now featured on the SAPPI Ideas that Matter website page for 2010 Recipient Proposals. Choose "Design Global Change" from the sidebar on the left of the page to read more about DGC work for a gender equality campaign in India!

Mar 23, 2011

Asthma Initiative Progress

Design Global Change is currently developing communication materials (brochures, posters, flyers) to promote the activities done at the Wellness Centers and involve the community in participation on Asthma prevention and Treatment initiatives. The materials will be part of the awareness and education the Wellness Centers do to reach out to the communities.

The DGC team recently visited a local Wellness Center to gain knowledge and insight into the local practices that are happening everyday at centers like this one in downtown Hartford. Feel free to view some of the photos we have taken at the Asthma Initiative project page! These photos continue to serve as inspiration for upcoming project materials.

Mar 7, 2011

DGC presenting at 2011 Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium

Seven Design Global Change students will be representing the Hartford Art School at this year Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium, held at the University of Hartford. This celebration of exemplary work will be held on April 14th, 2011 from 12:30pm to 6:15pm at the 1877 Club. DGC students will be on a panel scheduled for 5:00-6:15 PM and consisting of a total of four papers/projects.

Sergio Barrera and Joshua Parent will present their experiences designing the Upper Albany Nonviolence Mural, a project they coordinated during DGC Fall 2010 class, working in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence to promote the six principles of nonviolence professed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with special attention to principle #2:"The beloved community is the frame work of the future."

Crystal Cote, Marene Ferguson, Nick Napoletano, and Mullica Zudsiri will describe the work they have been developing for Unite for Sight, Designing Visual Aids for Global Health Awareness, and the challenges they face to communicate the same global eye care messages across countries as diverse as India, Ghana and Honduras.

Amy Huston (DGC:2011) will present her senior project thesis: Women and Finances and Acquiring True Power. Following the socially responsible spirit each DGC student shares in the team, Amy's project aims to educate and empower women about their financial decisions.

We hope everyone can attend and see these talented students presentation showcasing their creative work.

Mar 6, 2011

Unite for Sight's 2011 Global Health & Innovation Conference

On April 16 + 17, 2011, our team working on global eye care materials will join Professor Natacha Poggio at Unite for Sight's 2011 Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University, in New Haven. In its 9th edition, the GH/Innovate is the world's leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference (with speakers from IDEO, DesignMatters, Ashoka, Save The Children, Acumen Fund, Design That Matters, MIT Media Lab, and other 200 presenters). Natacha will conduct a workshop on how to "Design for Global Change" (Saturday April 16, 3:45-5:15pm) and also she will introduce "Visual Communication Strategies To Improve Healthcare Understanding" in the Global Health Strategies session (Sunday April 17, 4:15-5:45pm).

Mar 2, 2011

Feast Your Eyes: 2011 Visual Communication Design Senior Exhibition

Many designers involved in Design Global Change are graduating this upcoming May, and will be displaying their work in the senior show April 29th - April 30th. Check out their website and add the date to your calendar! Come out and support our many talented designers and DGC members!

Feb 14, 2011

Carbon Nation movie

A film about climate change solutions, not political agendas!

Dec 2, 2010

View the photos from The Upper Albany Mural Project!

The Upper Albany Mural Project Update!

All images from the painting of the Upper Albany Mural Project are available for view on our Flickr Site. View photos from Day One of painting, Day Two, and Day Three to see the entire process that went into the production of the mural. Note: Images from all of our projects will be uploaded to our Flickr Site, so be sure to check back periodically for updates!

Nov 24, 2010

Natacha Poggio interviewed about Design Global Change in Argentina

On July 27, 2010, Professor Natacha Poggio gave a presentation about Design Global Change at the fifth edition of the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Diseño 2010 (held at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina). There were about 350 free activities, including workshops and lectures by leading design and communication professionals from Latin America. Natacha's presentation was titled "Design Global Change, agent of social change" and it showcased the educational campaigns she has developed with Design Global Change students in India and Kenya, and also highlighted the importance of design to involve multiple disciplines in order to be an effective agent of change.

After her presentation, Natacha was interviewed by the university news channel and they have posted the interview in youtube. Since Natacha is speaking in her native Spanish, we transcribed below what she shared with the camera. DGC coverage goes international!



0:19 – 0:34

I'm at the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Diseño 2010 (Argentina). I came to do a presentation about a project I coordinate, called Design Global Change, agent of social change.

0:54 – 2:39

Hi, my name is Natacha Poggio, I'm a professor at the University of Hartford, in United States, in Connecticut. The organization [Design Global Change] is formed by students from my classes and also former students who continue being involved with the university, because they believe it is important to use this opportunity to collaborate, as designers, to help improve small communities.

We work with Engineers Without Borders; they are in charge of different implementations, like rainwater harvesting systems, or solar panels to provide electricity to wells; and we create the educational campaigns.

I believe that we have to promote as much as possible in students, as well as in all professionals from the fields and disciplines of design, that they can —even with their “small grain of sand”— affect change.

This is my first time at the Encuentro at UP, I have been living in the United States for 10 years. I had the opportunity to come [to Buenos Aires] for this trip, in order to participate and present these projects, because I'm interested in coordinating and collaborating with people who would like to create projects [like mine] in Argentina, since I'm Argentinean. I have projects around the world, therefore I have a lot of interest in doing projects here [my own country]. Also I want to bring my students along so that they can visit this beautiful country, with a lot of people interested in helping others.

Nov 4, 2010

DGC at A Better World by Design Conference (2010)

Design Global Change attended the Better World by Design Conference in Rhode Island over the weekend of October 1st - 3rd.

"A Better World By Design Conference is a three-day internationally acclaimed conference in Providence, RI that connects students, professionals, and individuals from a variety of disciplines in order to build a global community of socially conscious and passionate innovators. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions reframe perspectives. A Better World by Design is an immersive experience, one that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to reshape our communities and sustain our environment." - A Better World By Design Site

There were many excellent speakers from such a broad range of fields such as engineering, science, math, and other disciplines of design. The ideas, projects, and thought process of these individuals were interesting and also very applicable to visual communication and art in general. It was a great experience to network and converse with fellow students and also professionals.


DGC was honored to be part of the conference, as it was extremely successful and informative, and it was great to interact with like-minded individuals with the same ultimate goal in mind.

Nov 2, 2010

Unite For Sight, our partner organization, is profiled in The New York Times and US News & World Report

In "D.I.Y. Foreign-Aid Revolution," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes of Unite For Sight: "We ran into extraordinary men, like Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank, who pioneered microfinance in Bangladesh. Or Bill Drayton, an American who is a godfather of entrepreneurs working for social change and who now runs a group called Ashoka to support them. Or Greg Mortenson, whose struggles to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan are chronicled in “Three Cups of Tea.” But it struck us that women in particular were finding creative ways to help the world’s most vulnerable people, many of them also women. As a college sophomore, Jennifer Staple founded Unite for Sight, which has now provided eye care to more than one million people around the world." In US News & World Report, Unite For Sight is discussed as an "example of noteworthy public service programs that are having an impact." US News and World Report explains that "Jennifer Staple-Clark was a student at Yale University when she realized that 36 million people around the globe had gone blind needlessly, so in 2000 she founded Unite for Sight to do something about that. "There is such an incredible need worldwide for eye care," says Staple-Clark. "But there are also enormous barriers like inability to pay, lack of access, lack of information, or fear."...From its beginnings in a student's dorm room, Unite for Sight has provided eye care for more than 1 million people, including more than 35,000 sight-restoring surgeries."

Sappi: Ideas that Matter Grant

We are thrilled (and very thankful) to share that Prof. Natacha Poggio (on behalf of Design Global Change) has been awarded a grant from Sappi's Ideas that Matter 10 Year Anniversary to produce our Gender Equality Campaign for India! It's incredible that we began this journey 2.5 years ago, and now we are moving beyond the recognition of our close community to one that reaches people nationally and internationally.

Thank you SAPPI!!!

Upper Albany project needs helping hands (and brushes)!

Upper Albany project needs helping hands (and brushes)!

Design Global Change is in the process of designing a mural (in collaboration with the Connecticut Center For Nonviolence) in the North End of Hartford, on the wall of the Northend Church of Christ. The mural will elaborate on the ideas of The Kingian Principles of Non Violence as well as the thought of "The beloved community is the frame work of the future". Once the design of the mural has been finalized, we will be going into the stage of actually painting the mural onto the wall of the Church. If you are interested in helping out at this event please contact us.

Oct 31, 2010

Mindsets opening

Design Global Change worked along side the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and produced the catalog and promotional materials for the Mindsets Gallery Exhibit. We are writing to inform you that the public reception will be held on Thursday, November 4th from 5-7 PM at Haskins Laboratories (300 George St. New Haven, CT 06511) Please feel free to stop by and support these amazing collaboration projects!

Mindsets Opening!