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Wayne Mapes: Suspended in Transition IDD 2022

The theme of International Design Day 2022 is “Suspended in Transition” – the odd place we find ourselves, caught between crises and the hope for a new normal.

We asked Graphic Artist Guild Members what role designers and illustrators play in effecting change for a better world, and how they, as a working professionals, are meeting the challenges of this new world.

“It’s critical to project positive, encouraging messages that reinforce pride in our country and its history.”
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Wayne Mapes

Graphic Designer
Mapes Design
Florida

How have you adjusted to the large-scale changes in how we work and interact with our clients and our communities?

Working from a home studio was not new to me, having made that change several years ago. Communicating with clients and suppliers via e-mail and the internet has become “standard operating procedure”.

Has your perception of the role you play as a designer or illustrator changed in response to the various crises we’ve been experiencing? Has it affected how you work, what projects you want to work on, or how you want to engage?

It’s critical to project positive, encouraging messages that reinforce pride in our country and its history.

How do you believe designers and illustrators are positioned to help imagine and create a better future?

Educating our children by returning to teaching basic skills and rekindle civics lessons. They are the future leaders of our society.

All images © Wayne Mapes. Used with permission.



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