Today is not only the birthday of Icograda, AND the first day of Design Week: Design Currency in Vancouver, but also World Graphics Day around the globe. Suffice to say, there is plenty of action going on in the design world on this very day.
"World Graphics Day has been celebrated annually on 27 April since 1995 as an occasion for designers to reflect and hope that Icograda's global network can contribute to greater understanding between people and help build bridges where divides and inequities exist." - Icograda.org
David Coates FGDC describes his philosophy on the opportunities presented to us, not only on World Graphics Day, but every day:
"As a young profession, we have a unique opportunity to define what it is to be a professional graphic designer and to take steps toward positive change in the world. I don't have to tell you that graphic design is everywhere you look, and that design plays a huge role in defining culture, but largely and until recently, we, as an industry have done simply what our clients have asked of us. We are now in a unique position to make real change - to guide our clients in the right direction - because they are listening!"
Read David's full blog post about the Black Collar Worker and World Graphics Day - I think that you will agree - it is an inspiring post. No doubt there will be more discussion of World Graphics Day at Design Currency.
Speaking of which, Design Currency 2010 begins today; pre-registration starts at 5:30 which is literally only a matter of hours and minutes away. Make sure you are familiar with the Design Currency schedule. What does World Graphics Day mean to you? How do you see general awareness of design? Is it increasing or decreasing? What do you see as the biggest challenges for design in general and how do we overcome those challenges?