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To boldly go where design has never gone before

NSCAD Design and Illustration students take May Chung’s advice to “be like Spock” and end up with bold designs for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

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The first honorarium went to Brittney A. Annand for “Barriers,” a personal look at how the disabled are interacted with socially.
  • The first honorarium went to Brittney A. Annand for “Barriers,” a personal look at how the disabled are interacted with socially.

Sometimes the most poignant messages have no words at all---it's a sweet spot that May Chung's NSCAD Design and Illustration students are learning to master, and in some cases, dominate. Students made 45 posters in six categories---cultural diversity, cyberbullying, disabilities, freedom of speech, race relations and transgender---for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Issues that were considered "prevalent in our areas," says Chung, "they wanted to get students involved with how to communicate this to the public." But, designers don't work for free (or shouldn't have to) so an honorarium and panel of judges were acquired. The results are impressive, "some really explore those human rights issues in a very different way," says Chung. The first honourarium went to Brittney A. Annand for "Barriers" (pictured) and the rest will be at nscad.ca and at CASHRA on Thursday. Above all, though, Chung believes this is a chance to see exactly what her students can do---they "come up with more than what people traditionally attribute design to be...these guys are going where they've never gone before. I always tell them to be like Spock."

Thu May 30, Halifax Marriott Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, 5-6:30pm

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