Inequality Matters
April 10, 2006 2:57 PM   Subscribe

AIGA: Inequality Matters
posted by ijoshua (15 comments total)
my favourite
posted by ijoshua at 2:57 PM on April 10, 2006

Because inequality matters!
posted by sonofsamiam at 3:01 PM on April 10, 2006

And how much do the posters cost?
posted by Smedleyman at 3:23 PM on April 10, 2006

Inequality is a good thing if the alternative is us all being equally poor.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 3:23 PM on April 10, 2006

Western Europe is a country now?
posted by Alison at 3:29 PM on April 10, 2006

ijoshua that's my favorite too!
posted by dabitch at 3:37 PM on April 10, 2006

this is really weak compared to their past campaigns i think...and some just don't work at all. (see the blue one by Espiritu and Price, for instance)
posted by amberglow at 3:44 PM on April 10, 2006

I'm more of a "what's the point, we can't support a continually increasing population" kinda guy, but thanks anyways.
posted by Citizen Premier at 3:50 PM on April 10, 2006

If only they could get decent graphic design services, they wouldn't feel so bad about being hungry.
posted by gimonca at 3:50 PM on April 10, 2006

From hdwow's link:

"Well, it is true that Africa is the continent that has tragically had regress, not progress, because of war, the ravages of disease, and decisions by too many governing elites to stick to kleptocracy."

This is a fragrantly misleading to the point of absurd comment. Market liberalization has been directly implicated in many (not all) of Africa's economic losses, not to mention in political instability.

The ravages of disease are combined with forced privatization of medical care and user fees for people who don't even make enough money to meet their daily needs let alone cough up for medical emergencies.

The rhetoric that justifies such fees includes the suggestion that they will give the poor "more control" over the medical system because of corrupt officials. Those expounding market liberalization rarely mention that governments and international bodies like the World Bank are often fully aware of African leaders' embezzlement and condone it by continuing to support those in power, through funds and sometimes in other ways.

Look at it this way: If every time your boss filled the petty cash drawer, you took out $10, put it in your pocket, and he said "keep up the good work," why on earth would you stop? And would that make you a "klepto" anything, or would it just make you savvy?

/rant /derail
posted by carmen at 6:33 PM on April 10, 2006

Do they feel guilty about living and working here?
posted by pwedza at 9:28 PM on April 10, 2006

Raising awareness doesn't make a difference. It just gives people something to think about for a few moments; between thoughts of a luxury SUV and what's for dinner tonight. Most of the posters will adorn the walls of graphic design studios as a superficial reminder that they've done something to make the world a better place, if the posters were edible then they could be used to feed poor children in another part of the world.
posted by disgruntled at 10:32 PM on April 10, 2006

Raising awareness doesn't make a difference.

So what will then? Personally I think it's a nice idea. Not world changing, but something. I would love to see some sort of fund set up with the purpose of actually doing something with these ideas... paying for advertising in mainstream media etc.
posted by twistedonion at 2:14 AM on April 11, 2006

Do they feel guilty about living and working here?
posted by pwedza at 9:28 PM PST on April 10 [!]

I'm not sure if you're being snarky or not here.

If you're not, the AIGA is an association of graphic artists. What that means more than an acronym is that it is one of the largest professional networking organizations for graphic designers. They do a lot of community events and other social-minded projects (like above) to work on their passion - graphic arts - together on something more important than a 14 point font rebranding of Joe's Shoes.

They have themes throughout the year, and every year, this one being a visual creation excercise based on a theme of inequality. The themes help inspire artists to create something.

For your information many local chapters of AIGA participate in local efforts to right the social and societal wrongs based in part on issues shown above. So no, they're not just sitting in an ivory tower drawing these on a G5 and sipping a latte in New York. If that's what you were implying. If not... welll, I just wasted my time didn't I?
posted by cavalier at 5:04 AM on April 11, 2006

Well said Cavalier.
posted by stumcg at 7:14 AM on April 11, 2006

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