I’ve been thinking a lot about how design and social activism intersect. It was a way for those early designers who smelled like patchouli to push forward peace, love and the anti-war movement during the 60s and 70s. German and Swiss designers in post-War Europe embraced minimalism because they thought it was a way to transmit messages without the ideological crazy of their forebears. Okay. History lesson over. Basically – I care about this topic again because a lot of money is being made from it right now, and in all the different ways. And everyone wants a Future is Female T-shirt. Some of it goes back to the right places. Others, not so much (I see you Forever 21). So here comes a cool lady whose company I’ve been watching for over the past year. Pamela Bell is a self-taught screen printer who’s Prinkshop is killing it, especially in these dark days. This biz is rooted in combining the perfect typeface with social activism. So naturally, I was smitten. And it all goes back to the causes we all support.
I live in a country that’s just re-discovering the power of voice. And design is the most subversive voice of all. So Ii I had all the time and money, there’d be screen printing stuffs coming this way. Except I don’t really. But at least I can scroll through and tell you all about it.