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Help Haiti: Designers Getting Involved


On January 13, 2010, the world was shocked to hear the news1 about the devastation that took place in Haiti. An earthquake with the magnitude of 7.0 hit the country hard. A few days later, we were informed of the hundreds of thousands of people that were killed due to this horrific event. When the people around the world heard of this tragedy, lots of them immediately took action. Millions of dollars have been raised thus far to help out the Haitians.

While I was reading Twitter on that day, it seemed like many designers got involved as well. Hundreds of tweets filled my stream saying that they have donated money to the cause of reviving and salvaging what’s left of Haiti. Today, I just want to showcase some of the designs that were created by designers who got involved and wanted to spread the word about helping the country of Haiti. Also, many designers have decided to blog about it and to donate proceeds from their work to help out those suffering in Haiti.

Help Haiti (Showcase of Designs) Link

Note: Please click on the images to see them in their websites and to learn more about their artists.

Haiti Help

Haiti Shirt2
Ah! Iti3
SOS Haiti4
Florida Haiti5
Rescue Haiti6
Rescue Haiti7
For Haiti8
Help Heal Haiti9
Text Haiti10
Nightmare in Haiti11
Rise Up12
Many Hands13
Help Haiti
Help Haiti

Around the Design Community Link

Here are some other posts from the design community that also deals with this subject at hand.

Designing to Help Relief Work In Haiti19 Link

As I’m sure you all know, the nation of Haiti was completely devastated by a powerful earthquake last week. It’s kind of put things in perspective. Here I am sitting on my nice, shinny Macbook, blogging about beautiful images, logos, websites and such. Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of people have literally lost everything. For many, the loss was fatal.

Art to Support Haiti20 Link

After the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti last Tuesday, everyone is trying to help however they can and the design community is also trying to do it’s part. Such artists like James White, Chuck Anderson, Nathalie Bertin, and more are donating 100% of the sales to help Haiti and giving you a chance to help as well.

How can designers help Haiti?21 Link

The empathy that provides designers with their intuitive and creative advantage can also ignite a compelling need to help others, such as when we witness the kind of devastation and suffering that nature has unleashed on the people of Haiti. Members have been asking how they can contribute toward saving lives and providing hope for the future, and whether there is a means for AIGA to organize help.

26 Well Designed Websites that Help Haiti22 Link

All of us know about the powerful earthquake that destroyed Haiti few days ago. Thousands of people died, lost their families, places to live, and work. In this article I’ve decided to find an examples of effective and well designed websites of non profit organizations that help Haiti.

Support the Cause Link

What have you done to spread the word or to help out this country in need? I suggest trying to find a charity and donating to help out those folks who are in desperate need. If you can also say a prayer for them, that would be wonderful as well. Let’s not forget this tragic day and let’s be more thankful for what we have, our families, our jobs and our homes.

I’d love to know about what else others have done to help out. Also, if you have any interesting designs that you have created about spreading Haiti, please feel free to leave your comment below. Thanks for viewing this post.

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    cool post…well here’s mine if you want to add it to this nice selection

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    They say that many little actions sum up to become a huge wave

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    good work buddy, you are doing great

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    There’s a lot of designers doing #daily365 that did a piece to draw attention to helping the people of Haiti. Here’s mine:

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    Inspiration from difficult times, amazing.

    “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
    -Ernest Hemingway

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    I was able to donate my time and creativity to Clooney’s “Hope For Haiti” telethon. Several of my designs and animations will air in screens behind the celebrities. The owner and artists from the Los Angeles design firm “Stimulated” are behind the project.

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    Created one yesterday, if any organizations want to use it, or have it tailored to their organization let me know:

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    I was inspired to help so I am using to sell a poster in support of Haiti. All profit from the sale of the posters with go to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief and development.

    To check out the poster visit:

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    We are bloggers for AdmixWeb and we are actually from the Dominican Republic. and we are actually in the process of doing something similar.

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    Thanks for putting my design up (Last on the page) and everyone remember the link on that post is to help support those in Haiti, you buy the shirt and 100% of the net profit goes to Haiti and you can let people know your support at the same time.

    Here it is for reference again:

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    Fellow Designers,

    I am sooooooo, SO, SO happy to see all of us taking the higher road. Using our talents for positive reinforcement messages.

    I am truly sickened by these people who are asking “What has Haiti done for us?”, “When is operation USA relief.”

    No, instead we use our talents and brains to create something better.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you and PLEASE continue to create these beautiful creations. People need to be reminded of this and we shall not leave them after the media does.

    Jamie Lynn

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      Yes Jamie, some people just have the wrong mentality about this.

      It’s not what others can do for us, it’s all about “what we can do for others.”

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    tnx for the amazing creations!!another tool to express the emotions! &lets keep donating!!!! My fear was flying around me…waiting 4 me 2 surrender,but i kept WALKING!
    here mine:

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    Atom, thank you so much for your contributions. Not only did you create a very nice poster, but to read that you gave a good amount of money is great and inspiring. :)

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    Here’s my poster for Haiti, check it out

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    I don’t see that design here. Can you give us the link?

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    That’s true Matt. By the way, your blog post was great. Glad you are doing something about it.

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    “We should show that we should help one another regardless of race, country and boundaries.”

    I completely agree with that. I’m with you as well. I hope Haiti recovers from this.

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    Yes, it’s amazing to see the response from the design community, and not only that, but to see the rest of the world help out a country in need.

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    You’re welcome Richie. I definitely agree with “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Viewing a nice design or a photo can really make a big impact.

    Here’s a great and moving photograph from the rescue efforts in Haiti. I love the boy’s expression.

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    Yes, it would be nice to see how our money has been used, but that is beyond our control. The important thing is that we have done something to help out. :)

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    That’s great Jon. Thanks for sharing your story with us. It definitely is a moving and eye-opening experience to visit another country and to see just all of the conveniences and leisure that we have here that they don’t have.

    BTW, I’m a big fan of OnWired. Keep up the great work.

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    “I hope that the efforts continue as long as they are needed”

    Very true, Erik. A lot of times, we are so quick to forget, and that is one of the main reasons for this blog post, to keep Haiti in the forefront of our minds as they are going through this dark time.

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    Great! Nice to hear about your efforts as well.

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    wow, i actually made something yesterday while i was visiting my mom and then when i came hope last night i checked the site and saw this article.

    there is a lot of beautiful design!

    check out the help haiti design that i made at

    i feel a lot more inclined/ inspired to design something new. I am going to update the design i created and will post it a little later.

    amazing stuff people!

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    Great list here, Jad. Thank you for posting it and helping to bring attention to a great cause. We have great people and creative minds getting involved from the design community and thats very refreshing to see.

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    Great job with this design Mike.

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    Hey Johnny, I appreciate you posting the links here. :)

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    Hi! Beautiful works! While I couldn’t donate too much money, I was so happy to be able to donate my work and design flyers for the fundraising event through Doctors Without Borders last week.
    Then I designed this banner and wrote the post trying to put on one page all the info I could find on how to help…

    I’m hoping that spreading the word and making sure that everyone you know does something, anything, will make a difference…

    Oh and this is the image:

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    Hello Mica, thanks for sharing that. Nice concept. ;)

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    You’re right Mel. Design definitely has a very powerful effect and it can definitely be used to communicate a message to the people.

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    Wow, what an expression of love to mankind. Designers, you are the bomb! :)

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    Awesome job Simon! I really love your creative and geometric style. It’s very unique. I’m displaying it here for people to see.

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    Exactly, Bryan! Most people don’t understand that visuals play a huge role in moving people to action. That’s why we have SuperBowl commercials that cost millions of dollars for a few seconds. Great point!

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    That one by Simon Page is frigggggging awesome I love the simplicity. Well done too all the designers.

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    Glad you spread the word Eva. Thanks for doing so. By the way, I’m still a very big fan of your unique website design. :)

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      Wow thanks a lot, Jad. Happy to hear that from you.
      I’m also browsing your website almost every day on the hunt for nice design bits :D

      Cheerio Eva

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    This post inspired me to also design something for Haiti:

    So here’s the result

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    Woops, something went wrong with the previous comment, so here’s my design:

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    Hello Jad,
    Great work here! Awesome designs!!! Very insirational.
    Here is our way of trying to help, Feb 14 – Feb 17 Pixmac Pictures of Hope from the Heart for Haiti collection – Pixmac Photographers, Artists and Designers and Pixmac have donated images to this collection. All commissions (Pixmac and the contributors) for these images sold Feb 14 – Feb 17 will be donated directly to Doctors without Borders and the Red Cross. We still need help getting the word out, any help is appreciated. Here is our Blog link.

    Designers, if you need images please consider Pixmac Feb 14 – Feb 17 and the Pixmac Pictures of Hope from the Heart for Haiti collection.

    Designers, Photographers, Artists, Illustrators..there is still time to add your images to this Pixmac collection.


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