Design is Actually for Everyone


Design is Actually for Everyone is an evolving database, website, and brand identity with the mission of challenging the barriers of a design education through making resources accessible and straightforward.

The resources that make up this database revolve around education, and follows its different access points in a chronological order: guidance, parental support, cost of education, media reflection, and data.

Fall 2020


︎︎︎ Research
︎︎︎ Branding
︎︎︎ Web Design





Design is Actually for Everyone started with a similarly direct title, called Access to the Graphic Design Field. As a graphic design student, I often reflect on my design journey, my privilege, and my design education thus far. I believe this unique journey begins with education and support, but can have many types of barriers along the way depending on someone’s identity, socioeconomic status, and access to information and guidance about creative careers.

How can I use my privilege to help remove these barriers, and furthermore, use digital resources to improve these access points?

Mind mapping has proven to be an integral part of my design process, helping me narrow down my research, further evaluating my proximity to the issue, and connecting both of these under one umbrella.




Outcomes


Style Guide

The style guide for Design is Actually for Everyone. This functions as a bridge between the Notion database and the landing site. It uses building block motifs and unexpected type pairings with angled type, which echoes its flexibility and appeal to young students who might be interested in the field. The guide features the logo, variations and alternative logos, the color palette, and typography treatment with examples. This style guide is flexible and allows for growth. Hierarchy for specific applications can be found within the alternating color schemes.





Webpage

The site houses all of the necessary links and action items for the user, including a link to the Notion database.



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