Craft + Activism = Craftivism

Designing with Wix | January 31st 2010

Craftivism

Craftivisim is the practice of engaged creativity regarding political or social causes. By using creative energy to help make the world a better place, craftivists help bring about positive change. Craftivist create work that stands out in a chamber of voices.

Socially conscious art has been around for centuries. Traditionally, sculpture, pottery and jewelry have been the medium of choice for craftivists. However, as artists are taking their expertise to the web, graphic design has become increasingly important in expressing ideas.

One recent example of digital craftivist work is the “Obama: Hope” poster created by Shepard Fairey. This image had a tremendous impact on the 2008 presidential election. On a lighter note, Matt Mitchell had similar success with his pro-Conan, “I’m with CoCo” campaign.

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Wix users giving back

In March of 2009, we showcased several Nonprofits using Wix. Since that article, thousands of nonprofit and socially motivated websites have been created on Wix.

Elizabeth Graves of Yellow Butterfly Designs has volunteered her time to design a web site for Village Medicine. Shiri Design Studio has created a template for sale whose proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit Haiti. Luke Callaghan has invested his time in designing the IDAHO Sydney exhibition site.

The web allows for instantaneous community interaction, something that traditional arts lack. Furthermore, the web provides visitors with an immediate call to action: “click to donate” or “sign up for more information”. The web facilities participation and allows users to get involved.

If you support a social or political cause, we urge you to get let your message be heard. Please share your links below!



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