Graphics for a Cause

Creativity has a societal and environmental impact. The processes and materials that we use in our art, along with our creative decisions, affect the world around us.

"What advice or recommendations do you have for being a responsible creative?" This is the question I ask readers in the open call for submissions for the spring issue of UPPERCASE. (The open call closes at midnight MT today, January 16.)

Nicole LaRue of Small Made Goods replies:

"I think we ought to leave room to take on projects that we are fiercely passionate about—ones that pull at our hearts and propel us to take action."

Nicole is the designer of the logo for this Saturday's Women's March. "I’m absolutely proud to have created the official Women’s March logo," she writes on her blog. "A logo that conveys diversity and women standing together and speaking out in a united voice—a voice that calls for solidarity, demands equality and confronts injustice."

"I'm not always the most brilliant wordsmith," says Nicole, "so I can never claim to have the art of words… so instead of protesting with words, I protest with my art and with my design. And, sometimes this can be just as powerful."

Find more details about the Women's March on Washington or one of the hundreds of sister marches around the world happening this Saturday, January 21.

The march in Calgary starts at 1pm in front of the Famous 5 statue in front of Arts Commons.