Graphic designers ban together to create green solutions

on Tuesday,October 26,2010 20:10


As global warming slowly becomes a reality, a number of different industries are working on developing ways to be more eco-friendly. Graphic designers, in particular, are doing their part to create structures that accommodate possible environmental concerns of the future.

The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and others recently banned together to create the Sustainable Design Auditing Project (SDAP), according to Green Biz. Members are working to develop a measurement system that ranks the environmental, social and economical impact of new designs. Specifically, companies will be able to see how their products measure up on this scale as they are being created.

The environmental impacts that will be measured range from greenhouse gas emissions to energy and water usage. Economic aspects will include profitability in comparison to productivity.

The SDAP is still accepting new companies and will take other businesses' current measuring systems into consideration. The committee that will direct the project will be made up of professional graphic designers and officials from nonprofit organizations.

Graphic design careers are expected to increase by 13 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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