Designers have a unique set of skills that have the potential to have large impacts on the world around them, but when the rubber meets the road, often times people can find themselves at an impasse with exactly how to put those skills to work. Design to Divest curated a series of design challenges to solve for that need for direction in our politically minded community, sourcing learning materials, holding a weekly meeting with our community to discuss those materials, and then a series of guidelines for each challenge, ranging from exact verbiage to where a poster needed to be distributed. See the full extent of the project here.
Our challenges activated upwards of 100 designers, producing upwards of 200 graphics over the course of 10 weeks. These challenges evolved into a larger push for ongoing education, so that members of our community could begin to design their own divestment projects without guidance from our leadership team. These projects are ongoing and in development, but some include: A film mentorship program, a clothing line dedicated to education around police abolition, free mental health centers separate from the traumatic outpatient industry.