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Original Designs

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Before realizing our size restrictions, we had designed wrap-around sleeves we had planned on printing. Since we worked hard on these before making the new designs, we decided to post them here to show the work we had done before. These can be printed on a home computer as wrap-around coffee sleeves.ImageImageImage

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Who We Are

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Tomorrow Tuesday 25, November 2013

We will be distributing our coffee sleeves for our social campaign at two local coffee shops within Richmond, Virginia. The two locations are Rev It Up, located at 1211 W Main St., and Crossroads in Southside, located at 3600 Forest Hill Avenue. We, as a group, will be in attendance documenting the event and interviewing individuals to see how they respond to our message. Please come out and support our cause! Can’t wait to see you there!

We are Graphic Designers at VCU in the Design Rebels course and we were asked to create a socially conscious campaign. For our project we are promoting tolerance in the Richmond community by designing coffee sleeves to distribute to local coffee shops. On the sleeves we will include quotes from various members of the LGBT community. Here is an example:

“My sexuality isn’t set in stone. I love a person for who they are, not what they are. So don’t come asking me ‘what’s it like dating another girl’ because I’m not dating a “girl”; I’m dating a dynamic, beautiful, person.”

We have designed four coffee sleeves with illustrations and quotes from specific members of the LGBT community that we have interviewed.

This project aims to encourage acceptance of and compassion towards the LGBT community. We are sponsored by the James House, a non-profit, that is allowing all donations to be tax deductible. We are hoping to continue this campaign and could possibly expand our impact with donations. Any donations would be appreciated. If interested in helping, please contact glenndm2@vcu.edu and we can set it up to be written off as tax deductible.

Thank you.

Interview #1

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“I want to be part of something big. I want to look back at a movement or change… I want to die knowing I was a part of it. If I don’t do that, I’ll just be devastated.”
“To be queer, to fight for queer liberation, you need to also fight for class issues. You have to fight for women’s issues. You have to fight for everything. It has to be super intersectional. That’s what I want. “
“I’d almost rather have someone say something to me than just like look at me a certain way. You can’t prove someone hates you, you can’t hold them accountable for it, but you can tell when someone hates you. ”
“The way everything’s set up excludes queer people right now. And I think people are afraid to move on from certain norms and rituals.

Interview #2

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“I support love, awareness and compassion towards ourselves and each other in all aspects of our existence. All women must become empowered – each of us must learn to see ourselves as independent, yet connected, blessed and inherently deserving of love and respect. Only then will we be able to totally overcome the pervasive and unjust social oppression we face.”
“I wish that everyone was aware of neurological evidence that transsexuality is rooted in structural brain differences – it is not a choice, nor is it a lifestyle. I support widespread, accessible and effective medical treatment for those of us, like me, unfortunate enough to be born with a brain that feels one way and a body that feels another.”

Interview #3

Alicia
“I fall in between the spectrum. I am gay, the same as if I am a photographer or I play video games. I am gay, nothing that should be looked down upon.”

Interview #4

Sarah
“My sexuality isn’t set in stone. I love a person for who they are, not what they are. So don’t come asking me ‘what’s it like dating another girl’ because I’m not dating a “girl” I’m dating a dynamic, beautiful, person.”
“We’re in a society that thinks that heterosexual relationships are the default, so by being anything other than that, you are challenging part of their world view and that can be very unsettling. Most people use their world view like a bubble of comfort, and anything that doesn’t fit into it is like a big needle.”
“I think the hardest is the paranoia. You always wonder what that guy over there is looking at you for and sometimes you find yourself thinking that maybe it’s because you’re weird or unusual.”