No matter your politics, now is a time that demands a change and quickly… We must take direct action to improve our communities and our country.

The 2017 Citizen Designer Pledge, started by AIGA/NY, was recently posted on their website by Cliff Kuang. It was posted because design is political. For individuals, it asks:

  • Voting in every local election open to us, not just once every four years — while encouraging our friends and family to do the same
  • Choosing at least one cause to focus on for learning, knowledge-sharing, and volunteering
  • Meeting with fellow Citizen Designers to share stories, tools, learnings, and new action items at least once a quarter
  • Attending a local governance session once a quarter

I signed it. I signed it because designers need to act. Because designers need to stand-up for the values that we hold dear to us. Which, the pledge points out, are politicized — transparency, inclusion, and fairness. I’ll also even say open-mindedness, creativity, and thinking critically. I’ll add believing we can solve problems when we work together, believing everyone should have a voice, and believing that our differences should be celebrated. Lastly a firm rejection of intolerance, hubris, dishonesty, hate, and fear.

It’s time to improve our social fabric:

Citizen Designer Pledge