Art to Support Japan

I knew a few designers were developing prints to help support Japan with the devastation of the recent earthquake and tsunami. I was going to post a few links, then noticed François Hoang over at Abduzeedo had a great list of designs with proceeds going to Japan. With his permission, I’m just going to post everything that he had written. The original post on Abduzeedo is here.

As you may have heard, there’s been an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami devastating Japan very badly. The whole world is trying their best, to support and help over this terrible disaster. Even the design community has risen to do their part.

Such artists as Hydro74, The Hejz, especially James White aka Signalnoise has started a movement to help Japan by expressing their support with art. This is a some samples of designers expressing their own support for the Japan Disaster Relief.

“Art is not in some far-off place. A work of Art is the expression of one’s whole personality, sensibility and ability” by Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998)

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Before and after the devastation.

USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate 10$
Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate 10$

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Last word: Someone made the comment that “Art.Does.Not.Help.” on Abduzeedo’s original post. Maybe so… a t-shirt or a print is nothing more than an object.

BUT THE POINT IS THIS: People respond to incentives. The objective is to give someone more of a reason to donate when the initial reason isn’t enough for them to act.

Leukocyt has posted on his blog that he has removed his poster from his store due to “e-mails from people suggesting that my poster was created and is being sold only for my benefit”. There is a lot that can be said for people who profit off disasters, but is that really the case here? I personally like his poster and I think its a shame that it was removed on the thought that “he was a dishonest as****e”. If you don’t trust that your money is going where it is supposed to then give your money to a source you trust. I’ve never met the guy, but I give Leukocyt the benefit of the doubt. Pressuring someone to withdraw from doing something positive by making accusations that they are going to be dishonest is really sad…

Note: I do not know Leukocyt and this post is the first I have seen of his work. If someone can prove to me that he is a dishonest as****e I will take back what I said. But if you go through the trouble to prove that, then please find something better, more productive and positive to do with your time.



What are your thoughts?