Design from the Heart 

MendenhallCherylBy Cheryl Mendenhall, Senior Lecturer

Here at the Temerlin Advertising Institute we stress the importance of responsibility in advertising, whether that is professional responsibility, social responsibility, or the everyday choices we make in our field. My focus is in graphic design, and I wanted to share with you some of the many ways design can be used for the greater good. It can be small things like using recycled paper or soy ink in a project or something big like designing a way for people to communicate in health care situations where there may be a language barrier.

Many non-profits struggle to get their message heard; we as designers can help develop strategies and create materials to accomplish their unique goals.

HRMYou may know immediately what cause speaks to you, but if not, there are many resources available to help you find a connection. American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has a program called Design for Good described as “a movement to ignite, accelerate and amplify design-driven social change.” On their website they showcase inspiring projects and provide a wide variety of resources including ways for connecting designers and non-profits, groups that provide learning opportunities, and sources for funding and support grants for your self-initiated projects.

Or how about this? What do you get when you combine creatives, non-profits and a super quick deadline? A fantastic idea for helping out non-profits – a 24-hour createathon. Now that’s a GOOD reason to pull an all-nighter.

Here are some projects I find interesting:KZoo

I began working with non-profits early in my career as a way to give back when I didn’t have the money to donate. I continue to do it now because it brings me joy.

How we use our skills is up to us. I encourage you to find something that speaks to your heart and share your skills.

Carrie La Ferle, Ph.D. Discusses Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

Blue Bell

Dr. Carrie La Ferle, of the Temerlin Advertising Institute consults with the media regarding the Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall.

La Ferle Interview

La Ferle suggested that during a crisis, it is most important to demonstrate your concern for your customers and treat them as people.

  1. Take care of the victims,
  2. Find and correct the source of the outbreak,
  3. Work with the FDA, and
  4. Only then worry about advertising.

Blue Bell is a staple in Texas and Home spun brand. People love their Blue Bell Ice Cream and are forgiving if companies act in their best interests. In this case, Blue Bell has gone overboard to demonstrate their concern by pulling all the product off the shelves until the source of the listeria can be found. As Blue Bell re-enters the market, consumers will be ready to support their favorite flavors.

Interview can be found at CBS here.