Can You Love the Hell Out of Everybody? Designing Social Change

Welcome to my new blog about design.

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top row from left: Brooke Southerland, Ian Hills, Kevin Diggs. second row from left: Morgan Owen, Andrew Mabini, Danielle Tobin.

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Just love the hell out of everybody.”
—John Lewis, Congressman

Design has tremendous power to create social change.  As a long-time instructor at PC, I am always looking for ways to help my students find this empowering voice. In one of the seminal moments of the struggle for Civil Rights, my students and I found both the inspiration and a powerful call to action: One that taught us about how history reverberates through time, recedes and then returns to the public consciousness. How can we, as designers and art directors, give visual voice to some of the biggest issues that face our society?

This spring marked the 50th anniversary…

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One thought on “Can You Love the Hell Out of Everybody? Designing Social Change

  1. A wonderfully written blog, Melissa! What a joy to read. Your creativity is infused in everything you touch and I thank you for sharing your depth of humanity with all of us 🙂 Keep on!! I’m proud of you and inspired by you. Ima love the hell outta everybody!!

    Stephanie Lorentzen


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