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No. 239: A Global Mentorship Program for Women in Graphic Design, Rebranding Britishness + More

Plus, the Book Cities app that helps you find and discover book shops around the world, a new show from Thonik, and a bunch more in our weekly roundup of delish design. For more along these lines (and so many others) you can follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesignFacebook, and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.

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Womentor

Womentor is a new global mentorship program for women in graphic design that “helps women in senior design roles with the next steps in their career by offering mentoring from creative directors and design company founders and partners.” Founded by Vertigo, a brand design studio based in Melbourne, Australia, the initiative is a global one with 22 international mentors across 5 continents. According to its founders, “75% of design students are female but only 11% of creative directors are women.” As such, Womentor aims to help bridge that gap. Applications for the program close on April 8.

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Studio Haas, Book Cities

Back in April 2017 we ended our chat with Swiss designer Anna Haas with a teaser of her new app project that helps bibliophiles track down their nearest bookstore. It’s finally here: Book Cities helps you find and discover book shops around the world, allowing users to save a list of their favorites, which they can also share with others. The app also invites guest curators to share their favorite stores—EoD favs Nieves have even been involved. If you happen to own a bookstore, you can register online here to submit it to the app.

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Bruno Boiça, Taste the Waste

Lisbon-based designer Bruno Boiça is behind a brilliant looking zine called Taste the Waste that explores food that’s wasted simply because it’s branded “ugly.” The publication’s production references the content: The paper is crumpled and peppered with scribbles, “representing waste and not-so-pretty design,” says Boiça. The design was based on a “messy and unfinished-looking grid,” he adds. The designer also created three posters to raise further awareness around food waste, with each one approaching a different reason behind why people waste food. 

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Thonik, solo exhibition at the Power Station of Art

Dutch design studio Thonik is staging a solo show in China. Ten years ago, the studio had its debut solo show in Shanghai, and this year’s exhibition, Why We Design,  marks the studio’s 25th anniversary. The show “explores the motives that drive Thonik’s design practice,” according to the agency, and takes in motion graphics, animation, and other time-based media spanning 11 rooms, each housing a single project. “Visitors are invited to submerge themselves in Thonik’s way of thinking and world view by passing through the moving images,” the studio adds. The show runs from March 29 until June 2 at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai.The exhibition will also see the launch of the Chinese translation of the book Why We Design, published by Lars Müller Publishers.

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Laura Gordon, Rebranding Britishness

Amidst the shitstorm of Brexit, graphic designer Laura Gordon decided it was high time we figured out what “Britishness” is. “Who are we as a nation and what makes us distinct from the rest of the world?” she asked. “What do we have in common as individuals and as citizens? How does that play out in a global world and in our everyday lives? If these important conversations are left to the politicians, then many people, including younger people, may be left out.”

Working with think tank Common Vision, she set about the project Rebranding Britishness, in which millennials around the UK were asked across events, social media, and interviews throughout last year what “Britishness” means to them. In consultations, participants were asked to illustrate their ideas around identity, citizenship, and belonging using visual objects and imagery. From the findings, Gordon created a range of products that aim to act as “conversation starters…to provoke thoughtful and positive discussion about national identity and belonging.”

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