As part of their visit to Media@McGill, Dr. Anna Feigenbaum, Minute Works, and Dr. Gavin Grindon will lead a workshop, Infographics for Activism, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Arts 160, Faculty of Arts, 853 Sherbrooke West, McGill University, Montreal, QC.
In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants will be taken through the process of brainstorming, researching, writing, visualizing, publishing and promoting infographics designed for activism and social change. Drawing on our collaborative work for the RiotID project, we discuss how creativity, data literacy and critical readings of power must come together to create effective visualisations. After discussing strategies for how to research past graphics, explore appropriate iconography, engage in data storytelling, and subvert corporate aesthetics, we then turn the workshop over to participants, guiding them through a participatory design project. Using a scenario prompt and associated data and visual materials, participants will work in groups to create drafts of their own infographics for activism.
Anna Feigenbaum is a Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University where she runs the Civic Media Hub. She is coordinator of the RiotID project that uses participatory information design to train people around the world how to identify, monitor and record the use of riot control weapons against civilians around the world.
Minute Works is a graphic design studio whose projects are defined by an enthusiasm for sustainable practice and social solidarity. They work regularly with Greenpeace and the Green Party, among other campaign groups and non-profits. They are the designers on the RiotID project, featured at Banksy’s Dismaland.
Gavin Grindon is a Lecturer in Art History and Curating at the University of Essex. Gavin recently curated The Museum of Cruel Designs and Guerilla Island at Banksy's Dismaland show. Before this he co-curated the exhibition Disobedient Objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, about objects of art and design produced by protest.