“Solving Poverty” Button Design Contest

by Eric Pena on September 23, 2008

PSDTUTS has launched a “Solving Poverty” Button Design Contest in connection with the Blog Action Day 2008 theme—Poverty.

The contest aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding global poverty, and empower designers to make a positive difference in the world.

As visual artists we have skills that can help change the world. Poverty is not only a pressing issue, it is a complex one. It’s easy to think that there isn’t much an individual can do. Fortunately this isn’t the case at all. There is a range of activities one can contribute to a cause. In this contest we’ll be contributing our graphic talent to create buttons. These button designs will both raise awareness and contribute funds directly to help entrepreneurs in developing countries lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.

The contest involves creating Buttons that make a positive visual statement. The buttons may use the words “Solving Poverty,” or another equally uplifting message on the theme of poverty, get creative with your design and statement. As usual, you should submit your entries to the PSDTUTS Flickr group. Be sure to use the tag “solvingpoverty” for your contest entries to keep everything organized. There are no limits to the number of buttons you can create as entries in this contest.

The top 10 Buttons will be profiled on PSDTUTS, and will be available for sale on Cafepress. These buttons will then be publicized as part of Blog Action Day too. The artists behind the winning entries will receive exposure through these channels and on the sales page of Cafepress. Any money raised from the sale of buttons will also go straight to Kiva.org. Let’s make a difference today!

The button design above is my own entry to the contest with the following description:

“New Clear War On Poverty” is a call for new and clear directions for global policy on poverty eradication. Many efforts have been made in the past toward helping poor countries to alleviate the lives of their people, but much has to be done with so few resources, including government policies and education being actually provided toward this end.

The message in this button should make our commitment in fighting poverty loud and clear. We don’t need a nuclear war to eliminate poverty, we just need a new clear war on poverty.

Go to PSDTUTS to learn how to enter the contest.

Good luck!

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