TORONTO – ACCESS has received a Social Good Design Award for YMAD6, the latest edition of its annual Youth Making a Difference Conference. RGD's So(cial) Good Design Awards gives voice to the important work designers are doing and can do to change the way society thinks and acts. Annually, RGD reviews projects which use communication design for social good – working with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way people live:
Today’s designers have an ever greater responsibility to visualize the significant issues facing our society and find new ways to incite change in the way we behave. When we approach these issues creatively, we can make a real difference in the world.
YMAD was awarded with projects that focused on solutions to societal challenges, raising awareness, and developing communications-based solutions to change behaviour.
The goal was to affect social change in Peel Region while focusing conference programming on the skills students require to bring their passion for social justice to life. YMAD6 focused on a dedicated group of students in a design charette format. It received very positive feedback from students and educators alike.
The conference was led by ACCESS' YMAD Director Damon Pfaff, with Executive Director Daniel Francavilla, Prov RGD.
ACCESS is honoured to have been recognized for YMAD, and thanks the RGD, the judges of the Social Good Design Award, and the YMAD conference team.
An exhibit of all winning projects will be on display at Toronto Pearson International Airport's Terminal 1 from November 4 to January 9. The 2014 So Good Catalogue will be available at the DesignThinkers Conference.
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