Sustainable Stories: Linking Graphic Design and the Environment to Inform, Educate, and Inspire
I believe that graphic design has the ability to inspire social good and action. Similarly, sustainability is an emerging concern which depends on the collective decisions of an environmentally aware and civically-minded society. This thesis project explores the ways that graphic design and sustainability affect and influence each other. Graphic designers have the responsibility to visually communicate and connect with audiences. Sustainability’s applicability to a multitude of disciplines and its relevance to the future of our planet makes it a message worthy of communication. In an effort to link graphic design and sustainability together for the purpose of inspiring social and environmental good, I created a children’s book which focuses on the importance of naming and knowing the world around us. The book seeks to serve as an example of how design and sustainability can be linked in both a book’s production and the development of its content. It aims to maintain the ideals of sustainability while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of caring for our natural world and spreading this message to the youngest generation. Future steps for this research include: determining sustainable methods of printing and production, continuing to examine the intersections between the fields of sustainability and design, and disseminating my message to children and the community.
Primary Advisor's Department
Art and Design
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Quality Education; Responsible Consumption and Production
"Sustainable Stories: Linking Graphic Design and the Environment to Inform, Educate, and Inspire" (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 1771.