Cheryl Heller
Cheryl Heller

(Photo Credit: Tanya Bhandhari)

This week I am barely crawling over the hump, but I need to hand out my #WCW! This note is coming a bit late, but it’s very special. This amazing designer has had a huge impact on my work. Cheryl Heller is an award-wining, AIGA medalist and overall brilliant designer who is founding chair of the first M.F.A. program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. After working for countless great agencies and building a career self-expression and solid design, Heller noted she grew frustrated with designers lacking education on the intended purposes of design. Now Cheryl Heller focuses her time on inspiring young designers to solve challenging problems and create work that advocates for social change. Her philosophy has had a strong impact on my work and my future aspirations. Additionally, Cheryl Heller was instrumental in shaping my believe that design is a powerful tool that should be used to communicate ideas that bring about social change in our society. She did this by writing an amazing article called Where Design Is Going, and How to Be There for AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts). I read this piece my senior semester at Lamar University while receiving my B.F.A. in Graphic Design. It greatly inspired my thesis work and continues to drive my passion to use design to solve problems affecting our society and to be an activist in my community. I’ll have much more on this in the coming week, so check back for a great piece I’m excited to post.

Finally, I want to thank Cheryl Heller for everything that she’s created and all the great work she does. It is great work like this that helps shape a future where the power of design has changed history.

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