September 13, 2017 a very special dMob gathered at The Zipper building around the central theme of dMob Resists. Part of AIGA’s Design For Good initiative, the inspiration behind the event was to highlight how design can be a form of activism that gives voice to ideas – whether they be counter-culture, anti-establishment, or simply inspiring hope. We are experiencing some tumultuous times in our world right now. But no matter what happens, we can use design to be heard, heal communities, and lend a louder voice to those who are out doing good in the world.
It was a beautiful late summer day and dMob took over the outdoor patio at the innovatively-designed Zipper building. Several organizations centering around activism and design were present, offering free and for-sale goods with inspirational and thought-provoking messaging on them – ranging from buttons, tshirts, posters, postcards, stickers, and more. dMob had a table offering Resist buttons and dMob buttons, stickers, and information about dMob – at a table (wo)manned by AIGA volunteer, Misty Auld.
The organization Visible was present and had a button-making station where designers could design and make their own buttons right at the event. Founders Jen Thomas, Liz Gill Neilson and Julie Lesseg, executive director, Kristin Wilson, and designer/illustrator Jules Rovegno—who, together, also comprise the Portland design agency The Beauty Shop—were present representing Visible. Launched after the 2016 presidential election, Visible is a national network that provides creative work free of charge to organizations fighting for social, environmental and civil rights causes.
Happylucky’s Print to Resist artist collective was also present and offered their cheeky and provocative goods for sale along with some free items as well. Print to Resist is a collective of graphic designers and artists offering print-ready, downloadable art for the community for free. Happylucky was represented by Associate Creative Director Ben Hennes, Client Partner Emily Stuzman, and owner/executive director Toni Smith who answered questions and sold merch at a table.
dMobbers made buttons and mingled in the outdoor courtyard at The Zipper and enjoyed food and drink from the cluster of establishments that take up residence at the building. Wares and Chickpeadx served delicious bites, and PayDirt mixed innovative cocktails and served up locally crafted beer and wine.
Join us in November for dMob
Want to join the next dMob gathering? See you on at the next dMob on Wednesday, November 8th. More details to come!
All photos from dMob Resist are available on the AIGA Portland Flickr account. Photos from this event were taken by volunteer photographer Matthew Taylor.