Whilst looking for another design for this post I stumbled across this poster. To be honest, my knowledge of the subject was sketchy. So, with some spare time on my hands I did a bit of research. I was a blown away to learn that one organ/ tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people and that people die every year waiting for simple organ transplants that aren’t donated by our community.
That means that you and I have the potential to help remove pain for someone and even prevent death – Yet we don’t do it!
What sparked this was a design. A poster which achieves everything PP sets out to do; visualise an idea, start a conversation which leads to action. For me, this was research.
Below is an interview with the designer Brian Edwards about the poster and the subject of organ donation. To see more of our favorite designs check out our new store where you can support PP and the designers
P.S. Countries differ in policy on this subject however I urge you to do a little bit of research yourself. Could save a life
Let’s start with a little bit about you and what you do.
I am a designer from Melbourne, Australia. In 2012 I completed my honours degree in communication design at Swinburne University. I’m currently in the middle of a 12 month internship with a digital design agency as well as working a second job as a sports statistician and freelancing on the side when I have time.
What was the inspiration behind ‘Organ Donation’?
I was inspired when I found out that in Australia the family of a registered organ donor must still give consent in order for donation to occur. My goal was to design a poster that might help spark a simple conversation where people could tell their loved ones of their intention and desire to donate their organs after they die.
Do you think it’s an overlooked issue in the Australian community?
I think its an issue that people are aware of and support in general. The challenge lies in turning that support into action. It’s important that if an individual wishes to donate their organs after they pass away that they take the simple steps of formally registering their intention to donate along with clearly communicating their wishes with family and loved ones.
How’d you get into design?
When I finished high school I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career. I had always enjoyed art and being creative but didn’t know what I wanted to study at University. I worked a lot of dull jobs in warehouses and call centres and did a lot of travelling. I was eventually inspired to apply for the communication design course at Swinburne by a friend who was studying design. No exams, and lots of creativity, it was perfect.
Are there any pieces of work that you’re particularly proud of? And why is it that you’re proud of it?
This poster is actually one of the pieces that I am most proud of. It’s always more enjoyable designing something for a good cause. If people see the poster on the web or at the exhibition it may trigger them to register as an organ donor and discus it with their family. That would make me proud.
Who in the design industry or outside of the industry is inspiring you at the moment?
I like to take design inspiration from a lot of different places so I enjoy scanning websites sites such as Behance, The Loop, Siteinspire, Designspiration and Notcot. Inspiration can come from the strangest places so i like to take in as much as I can.
What’s one piece of life advice that’s stuck with you?
Don’t take yourself too seriously.