Since the beginning of time, art has served as a form of expression that has a powerful capacity to visually communicate and reveal new perspectives and narratives. Sometimes art can be open for interpretation, while other times it can be seen as more direct and explicit. Because of the naturally expressive nature of art, artists and creatives are also often activists, devoting their talents towards bigger social causes and becoming advocates for change. From fighting for AIDS awareness to protesting government censorship, artists and creatives have always been at the forefront of social change movements throughout history. Their craft emboldening the message and amplifying voices of change through visual and emotional cues.
Join this insightful panel, featuring speakers from small to large organizations with extensive experience in the social change space. They will touch on topics that explore the unique, but integral relationship between visual communication and social change as well as how both work interchangeably to bring ideas to life by communicating directly to the public. Additionally, the panelists will discuss how creative platforms have evolved over time, as well as how to allow for space to heal and recharge during such an unprecedented and turbulent era.
- Jen Epstein, she/her, Head of Design at Task Force
- Hannah Williams, she/her, CEO and Founder at Salary Transparent Street
- Shakirah Hill Taylor, she/her, Chief Digital Officer at Fenton
- Erin Lange, she/her, Former Design Director at Impactual
- Samuel Adaramola, he/him, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at goodjuju studios
Panel moderated by:
- Nhu Nguyen, she/her, AVP and Creative Director at Fenton
Feel free to submit any questions you may have for the panelists (Google Form) ahead of the event.
This event was put together in partnership with AIGA Baltimore and Fenton.
This event will be streamed via Zoom:
- In order to participate fully, plan to join via the Zoom app on a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
- Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
- This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. If you’re not an AIGA Member, you can register for a membership on the AIGA Membership website.
- You can ask the speaker questions ahead of time (Google form), which may be answered during the event. You can also ask questions live during the event using the Q&A feature on Zoom.
You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.
Accessibility and accommodations
- This event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.
- A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.
If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:
We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.
You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.
Code of conduct
All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.
About DC Design Week
Built and run by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of our community — hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers by helping local, design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!