Design Activism: week 7

An image or artefact that was created in the context of protest/activism, but was appropriated by commercial culture.

Banksy. The Girl and her heart balloon.

Banksy is now a worldwide known artist. Everyone knows his work, some more than others, however, his true identity still remains a secret. His graffiti first emerged in the mid-90s in cities like Bristol and London. The more popular he became the more we saw his work again in London and Bristol but also in New York, Los Angeles and even in the Israeli West Bank. Overall, all his pieces are politically inclined and/or said something about the society we live in. Here are some examples of his earlier graffitis he produced that became most popular:


The last image is one done at London South Bank, it is one of his greatest recognisable pieces. I believe the reason this one, in particular, has become one of the most beloved graffiti due to the fact so many can associate them with it: ‘THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE’. Everyone has been or is the little girl, who has the desire to reach the balloon (our goals) but yet it is too late to grasp it. I believe because of the piece being so easy to relate to, that has given the reason to why is has now become so much part of commercial consumerism. Not only can we now buy knock-off paintings, t-shirts, mugs, and all other sorts of merchandise with this image on it. This goes for a lot of other Banksy work. It has even reached the point where people have tattooed it on themselves, not just ordinary people but even celebrities like Justin Bieber.




“Girl With A Balloon By Banksy”. Stencil Revolution. N.p., 2012. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Abrams, Amah-Rose. “Banksy: Artist, Activist, Agitator – Artnet News”. artnet News. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Erbland, Kate. “Banksy’S 11 Most Complicated Works”. Mental Floss. N.p., 2013. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.


Design Activism: Week 3

An aspect of Design Activism and Space/the City.

Real Democracy Now! and 15M Movement.

Activism is about making social or political change, to do this the space in which the activist meet/protest is essential to getting their message across and make it happen. From this lecture, I was reminded of the 15M movement that happened in Spain in May 2015. The 15M movement came from the Real Democracy Now! demonstrations, where people gathered on the streets to protest against the political parties. On the 15 of May of 2011; inspired by the riots in Tunisia that year and the previous year, over 150,000 citizens went out on the streets to fight for a real democracy, “REAL DOMACRACY NOW!” was the slogan shouted out by the thousands across 60 cities in Spain that day. The people felt none of the parties at the time were in any form trying to represent the country’s people. This along with the increase of unemployment led the Spaniards to take action at a larger scale. That month, a few people in Madrid decided to stay the night in Madrid’s most famous square, Puerta del Sol. The following morning the police were there and forced all of them to evacuate the ‘plaza’ (square in Spanish). This was what made the whole country wake up and realise what they needed to do: Camp all togther that the authorities would not be able to move, maybe then they would listen. There were 65 public ‘plazas’ across the country that were occupied for months and months. Not only did the few people that did the sleepover that night manage to influence thousands of people in Spain, this can be said to have influenced people around the world and generate the ‘Occupy movement’ in New York and the St Paul’s camp outs in London.


“15M Movement – Spain – P2P Foundation”. N.p., 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.

Beas, Diego. “How Spain’s 15-M Movement Is Redefining Politics | Diego Beas”. the Guardian. N.p., 2011. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.

Nachawati, Leila. “‘Yes We Camp’ Activists Hit Spanish Streets”. N.p., 2011. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.


Design Activism: Week 2

A piece of activism art/design.

The Suffragette defaced penny.

The suffragist movement came along 80 years before the 1900s, by 1880 60% of men gained the right to vote yet women were still not allowed. It was in the 20th century the women’s suffrage campaign flourished. In 1903, women from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) joined together and founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). They were then named Suffragettes, at this point is when the movement got on the right track to the road towards the gender equality we have today.

The defaced penny was a ingenious piece of design activism. Strategically choosing one pence penny gave them enough space to stamp their slogan onto at a reasonable size. As well as the low value of the coin reassuring them the message would circulate, as the banks wouldn’t recall the coins to replace such a worthless penny. This worthless penny was then worth so much more for the Suffragettes. The campaigners took advantage of the two sides of the coin, on one side we had the image of a strong women (Britannia) left as it was; on the other side we have Eduard VII, King of Britain, with their slogan: VOTES FOR WOMEN stamped across his face. The slogan was pressed into each coin with a punch for each letter, a tedious task for the women but with a powerful and crude result. Through the penny the Suffragettes raised awareness and which led them to the a partial victory in 1918, where women over 30 were allowed to vote; on the 2nd of July 1928 women finally managed to secure equal rights for votes as men.


“A History Of The World In 100 Objects”. British Museum. N.p., 2016. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

“British Museum Glorifies Feminist Criminality & Terrorism – Anti-Feminist Theory Of Men’s Rights, Male Sexuality, Feminism”. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

British Museum,. “Suffragette Defaced Penny”. A History of the World in 100 Objects. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.

Mason, Emma. “10 Things You (Probably) Didn’T Know About The Suffragettes”. History Extra. N.p., 2015. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.


Creative Enterprises – Week 7

According to Collins English Dictionary a subculture is defined as “a subdivision of a national culture or an enclave within it with a distinct integrated network of behaviour, beliefs, and attitudes”. In the 1970s up to the 90s, hip hop was classed as a subculture, which start out in the run-down areas of New York. In this article we can see amazing pictures of the start of this revolutionary culture.

You can see how all of them have a similar dress sense and even in some picture they have the same postures.
Nowadays, hip hop is not a subcultures but has passed on to the mainstream culture. In London there is a huge variety of cultures. Within these you may find cultures that seem to be alienated from the mainstream. The punk subculture also came about in the mid-70s, today we can find punks and goths all of Camden. In some ways this has also not so much subculture anymore but a culture. The are whole areas that this culture thrives in, not just an area within an area. However, compared to the hip hop culture, it is more a a subculture and less mainstream, they still have there own style of music, fashion, dance, literature, film, art and ideologies. Unlike hip hop that has slowly fitted their style of fashion, dance and ideologie into the mainstream culture.
Collins Dictionaries | Always Free Online.. 2015. Collins Dictionaries | Always Free Online.. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 December 2015].
Punk subculture – CounterCulture – Wikia. 2015. Punk subculture – CounterCulture – Wikia. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 December 2015].
The birth of hip hop: Unseen photographs offer glimpse inside the seminal years of New York’s subculture that revolutionized music, fashion, and dance forever | Daily Mail Online. 2015. The birth of hip hop: Unseen photographs offer glimpse inside the seminal years of New York’s subculture that revolutionized music, fashion, and dance forever | Daily Mail Online. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 December 2015].
The Emergence of Hip-Hop | The Paley Center for Media. 2015. The Emergence of Hip-Hop | The Paley Center for Media. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 December 2015].

Creative Enterprises – Week 6

As a class we visited a ceramics cooperative in Depford. We were introduced to a women named Tatiana, she explained to us how cooperatives work and there benefits. In a co-op everyone part of it has a fair say in the company, each person get one vote whether they have invested more or less in the cooperative. Compared to hierarchy companies, cooperatives are more resilient to economic crisis; as a team they discuss cutting everyones wages rather than firing one or various people. Tatiana showed us the seven principles of worker cooperative:

  1. An open membership – anyone is welcome.
  2. Equal control for member – equal say in decision made for the co-op.
  3. All members have a fair stake and all get equal profits.
  4. Mutual aid – everyone is educated and trained within the different roles of the co-op. This allows rotation of roles which ensure the workers aren’t doing the same repetitive job as they would in a large company.
  5. Cooperative cooperations
  6. Concern for the community – they will volunteer and work with their surrounding community.
  7. Autonomous and self help – they don’t have to rely on investors, they are their own investors.
Finally the question was why should you set up a cooperative? Her answer to this was “you are more powerful with a cooperative”. She explained how working together as designers gives the co-op more versatile skills, more ideas and less conflict between each other as they are not competing against each other.

Creative Enterprises – Week 5

Copyright exists so it can protect the authors work from unauthorised duplications or selling of their piece. This means if someone did want to do any of those he would need the author’s authorisation. It is important for the public to identify the owner and and their copyrights, copyrighted documents that have been copied is a criminal offence. In some cases the the person did not realise the copyright protections, leaving their defence to be an innocent infringement that is null and void.
On the other hand, we have copyleft. this is almost the opposite to copyright. Copyleft allows the distribution of the work. There are sometimes distribution terms used so the source code and liberations are legally inseparable. Copyleft makes sure the original and the copies are all free, this never occurs in copyright. This means anyone who is willing to modify or distribute the work must do it for free, otherwise it is no obeying the copyleft terms. Copyleft is mainly used to maintain the copyright terms of work such as art and design, computer software,… In my opinion there should be more copyleft, the world is everyones and what we create can recreated better by someone else. Copyleft is a way the world can develop and prosper faster.
Michel, Susan. “Copyright or Copyleft?” Intellectual Property Blog. N.p., 6 Nov. 2012. Website ( . 04 Dec. 2015.
“3. Copyright vs. Copyleft.” Copyright vs. Copyleft. N.p., n.d. Website ( . 04 Dec. 2015.

Creative Enterprises – Week 4

I interviewed a friend who does Animation at Ravensbourne. Here are the most important questions and answers that occurred during the discussion.
Why did you choose to study in an area of Art and Design?
Because that is the area in which i feel i excel the most in, its also the area i gain the most enjoyment from
Do you have plans for when you graduate? What are they?
working in the industry for a year or two, then i plan to move to South Korea for a year to teach english
What is your opinion on internships?
I think internships are a great way to gain experience in the industry, although i find it very obtuse when people are made to do it for free just for the ‘experience’ you are working after all
Do you think they are necessary?
I don’t think they are necessary but they are a good stepping stone to gain access to contacts and experience.
Should they all be paid at least a minimum wage?
Yes i do think they should be be paid minimum wage, you are giving up your time to the benefit of others and should be equal to those around you, if it was work experience then being not paid would be more understandable

Creative Enterprises Week 3

Creative areas are seen all over London. A trendy community that is known for the thrift shops and cool bars, full of the so called hipsters, this is Shoreditch. An artist neighbourhood, with the street full of large graffiti or better said piece of Art.
Shoreditch has become very successful and it a great contributor to the economic growth in London, with it housing rates risen enormously and the wide range of shops for those visitors or residents to consume in. Nowadays, London thrives off creative industries. Richard Florida wrote a book called: The rise of the creative class. Here he mentions that the “access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron was”. Without a doubt Shoreditch had been gentrified, moving the working-class out of the area which they have lucky to live in, and the middle-class moving in. This does create social tension, but in this case it is had to find because Shoreditch is so well designed to be trendy. It can be said this was due to the creative business who have made it a cool place to live. Andrew and Louis Moreno express research network called ‘Creative city limits: Urban cultural economy in a new era of Austerity’, “The general emphasis on urban economic growth rather than social and geographical disparities had meant the Creative agenda has become complicit in new invidious forms of urban inequality and marginalisation. A new inner-city world of hipsters and trendy lifestyles can be closely mapped onto a world of disenfranchisement and urban division”.
Creative City Limits | urban cultural economy in an era of austerity. 2015. Creative City Limits | urban cultural economy in an era of austerity. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 03 December 2015].
Florida, Richard L. The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life. New York, NY: Basic, 2002. Print.

UNcreative writing

In today’s CTS lecture, we were asked to browse the web and copy and paste sections to recreate a poem, list, memoir, etc. I choose to make a poem from the frapes and comments on those statuses on my facebook timeline.

Title: This isnt a frape

is it gay if a girl poo’d on me?

Does this mean Lynda’s back from Switzerland ?

just letting everyone know I’m a lesbo dnt care what you thinkk

its okay,im here for you.

I’m gay and like licking baby pigeons. Mmmm pigeon narnii

I have covereted to the religion muslim…

i think you mean converted bitch


I love boshra begum she’s the best in the world and I rebeca am an idiot asshole

hahahah very funny

roisha is the best, if only i was her…ahhhh would be a dream come true

Real good role model there

I love rock music. 1direction go in

I suck eggs

allow it

carpe diem

looking for a relaysh inbox offerers

south side all dayyy


How dare you..

manz a peckham chick don’t watch dat

Luv ya babes

you got fraped.

Fuck you lynda


Here are some examples of good design in Brixton on the same road as Xerox design shop:


This bar wasn’t near to the design shop we have chosen for our final outcome but I really like this design. It has a cool feel to it and the typography suits the social side of it which it put all together with the electric light bulb.

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All these shop are on the same road as Xerox and have lovely and simple design that all work together well giving the road a cool and querky feel to it.