COLLEAGUE Kim Smit teaches design to JMS students. Back in March she assigned fourth year students the task of producing “something that will successfully draw attention to the notion of human rights”. This is not as straightforward an assignment as students might think. Representations of variously battered and bruised people are ubiquitous when it comes to talking of human rights, says Kim, so a second purpose of this project is to use beautifully designed typography as a way of representing human rights.
All the results also fulfilled Kim’s aim to show students that a computer is not the only design tool in the world. Happily, two of my favourite pieces remain in the J-school foyer.
Next to it is one that warms the Lights Witch’s heart:
Anisha Lutchman cut and layered every letter – and quotation mark – of the Nelson Mandela quote, “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”.