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Propagate! Graphics Against The Housing Crisis


Occupy Design has recently been part of setting up the PROPAGATE Collective whose aim is to co-create visuals to assist the growing grassroots movements fighting the privatisation, genrtification, increasing costs and general destruction of housing in our cities. Alongside Artist’s Organisation no.w.here we have set up a workshop to do something about it, here’s what is planned:

All over the UK and most visibly in London we are facing another unprecedented wave of gentrification with a rise in house prices, and rents, evictions of families and sell-offs of public housing. We believe that political communication is capable of making the issue bold and visible, showing the different forces involved in social cleansing and displacement of working families from edgy areas and to mobilise people.

This event calls for residents, activists, artists and designers to come together for a weekend of workshops about how to communicate the housing crisis and the politics of gentrification. The workshop aims to enable participants to express their anger and demands through discussion and creativity, develop them into a visual manifestation that communicates on the streets.

We will be using Risograph printing to mass produce our voices and distribute them wide and loud. You don’t have to be an artist or a designer to take part! Participants should come with ideas, slogans and images and be prepared to discuss them collectively and work in collaboration to develop them into visual form.

Book your free place via eventbrite. Spaces for the workshop are limited.

first floor,
316-318 Bethnal Green Road,

Saturday, 13 June 2015
Sunday, 14 June 2015
11:00 till 18:00


Post Illustration by Ferhat Akbaba

Time To Act!


“Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about Capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.”

Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything

Time is running out. Climate Change is happening and without a serious global plan to replace our profit driven, fossil fuelled economy our very existence as a species is threatened this century.

But the Climate Crisis is not just a threat but an opportunity to chart a different course, one that shifts the Economy away from Capitalism to one that is more just, democratic and resilient that we all can share.

2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris at the COP21 UN Climate Summit to strike a new deal for the climate – we must make our voices heard, we know that they will not act unless we make them and we can no longer accept more of the same.

We want your Posters and Memes for the Movement to use as an Agit-Prop Army of images to bolster the campaign on the streets of Paris in December and on the walls of social media throughout the year.

See the work already submitted. Upload your work on our Time To Act gallery page or send your artwork to cop21@occupydesign.org.uk

More inspiration, research, homes of rebel graphics and climate info:
Campaign Against Climate Change
Beautiful Solutions
Beautiful Trouble
This Changes Everything – Naomi Klein’s blog
Occupy Design Graphics Archive
The Occupied Times
Strike Magazine

Top image from Milton Glaser’s Its not warming project.

Come Join The Climate Games…


Occupy Design will be involved in this project for the protests at the UN COP21 Summit in Paris in December, for Designers, Artists or anyone interested based in London, a hackathon is being organised for June, it will be at Arts Admin from 1-6 June hosted by the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.

Participate in co-designing creative resistance in the streets and cyberspace against climate chaos

• Are you an artist, designer, hacker, gamer, activist, … ?
• Do you want to take part in actions balanced between physical and virtual reality?

Join in on the Climate Games during the Hackathon #hackcop Ghent

In the lead up to the protests at the Paris COP21 Climate Summit (Dec 2015), The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, GroenFront!, Climate Express and Multimedia Design KASK Ghent join forces in the creation of a new form of disobedient action: the Climate Games.The goal: transforming the city into the playing field of a mass disobedience action.

During the Climate Games teams score points by completing peaceful, creative missions that target the root causes of climate change. Taking place in the city, all participants coordinate their actions by means of an open source smartphone app.

Throughout 2015 these Climate Games will be developed during a series of Hackathons involving activists, artists, designers, hackers, gamers, scientists, architects … We are calling on anyone who wants to defeat those who play deadly games with the climate to join for a week of collaboration and creativity.

If you want to connect with us about what we’re up to with #hackcop and COP21 email us at: cop21@occupydesign.org.uk

To The Square


TO THE SQUARE 2 (TSQ2) is an art project focused on public space, radical politics and the art of protest that took over the central Lasipalatsi Square of Helsinki from 22–31 August, 2014. TSQ2 is curated by Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen of Perpetuum Mobilε and commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of the Helsinki Festival. The project brought together artists whose work involves practice as a form of resistance and who had been deeply involved in ‘the movements of the squares’ such as: Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor/Cairo); Núria Güell (Barcelona), Khaled Jarrar (Ramallah); Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle (Belgrade); Nikolay Oleynikov (Nizhny Novgorod/Moscow); Raumlabor (Berlin); ZIP Group (Krasnodar). The central question of the project is: what would it take for people to go TO THE SQUARE 2 – that is, to take to the streets again? Read more.




During the festival I was invited to contribute to the first issue of THE SQUARE, the newspaper accompanying TSQ2, edited by Ivor Stodolsky; designed by Tzortzis Rallis (Occupied Times); and including art by Ganzeer, Federico Geller, Vladan Jeremić & Rena Rädle and articles by Michel Bauwens, Nika Dubrovsky/Feminist Pencil, Grey Violet (aka Maria Shtern), Núria Güell, G.U.L.F., Noah Fischer/Occupy Museums, Teivo Teivainen, Baruch Gottlieb/Telekommunisten and Nadya Tolokno (Tolokonnikova) of Zona Prava/Pussy Riot



We also led a practical poster workshop as a research experiment aiming to engage the audience and work with them in using slogans and symbols to express concerns and anger at the current socio-political and economic situation. An instant stencil-printing area was set up to enable participants to produce messages worked into a visual manifestation that communicated on Lasipalatsi Square.


For ten days TSQ2 formed an important space in the centre of Helsinki to talk about political art and the future of protest culture. It is significant to open such dialectic processes onto the modes of cultural production emerging from protest movements in order to comprehend their role within a political context.





Occupy Design Workshop at Camberwell College of Arts


We were invited to hold a ‘Distribution’ workshop with Graphic Design students at Camberwell College of Arts, London.

We asked the students to produce images and slogans that addressed and challenged three themes of Austerity: Student Debt, Privatised Healthcare and Housing.


Introducing the workshop

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working on ideas

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creating initial visuals, and here are some of the final results produced on the day:





Our Graphic Archive Launches


Check out our new archive of work from our social media feeds and networks, graphics.occupydesign.org.uk if you have anything you’d like to submit email us.


Occupy Poster Workshop In Greece


Designers involved with Occupy Design will be hosting a workshop in Greece on the 14,15,16 June.

The weekend is organized by the Labour Club New Smyrna, with designers from The Occupied Times and Cactus Network.
The weekend will discuss ways to make a real contribution to subversive political graphics in a time of deep crisis, the workshop will design graphics and posters, for use in the struggles.

All invited to take part in the discussion and planning with ideas and images.
Registrations for workshops Saturday and Sunday, Friday night at the Labour Club. Participants can bring laptops, sketchbooks, etc

For more info see:


Occupy Design Talk in Berlin


Tzortzis Rallis from Occupy Design UK wil be talking in Berlin at the Industriesalon Schöneweide in Berlin on theh 21st of June, where he’ll give an overview of the means and possibilities of self-organized resistance, and the question of what design can contribute.

Facebook Event Page here:



Interview with Desktop Magazine, Australia



“The tension in design now is this, between being led by the destructive, suicidal logic of fossil fuel capitalism or by human need (in the widest sense) that works in a beautifully designed harmony with the environment. Occupy is part of trying to work out the path from one to other.”

An interview with Occupy Designer Noel Douglas in Desktop Magazine from Australia, for more read on:


Related Images:

Calling all ARTivists!

Calling all ARTivists. A competition to subvert Drax Group plc.

Biggest CO2 point emitter in the UK is planning to convert to burn a large proportion of biomass alongside coal – 16m tonnes, more than 1.5 times the total UK wood output! This is claimed to be green but this is a fraud. There is plenty of evidence that burning wood emits about 50% more CO2 than burning coal – so this development, which has attracted £100m funding from the government’s Green Investment Bank, will actually speed up climate change whilst destroying biodiverse, oldgrowth forests in the US and Canada. Diversifying from coal also enables them to keep old inefficient plant working in the face of stringent EU pollution legislation. The primary energy of only 1 in 6 trees is actually turned into electricity. The rest is wasted!

We invite you to mess around with Drax Group plc’s corporate images, images of the powerstation (these are many and moody) to make the association with the environmental crimes they are committing in the name of keeping too many lights on.

We want to make investing in Biofuels and Biomass embarrassing. We want to make Drax Group plc a laughing stock. We want our message about what they are doing to come out of search engines ahead of theirs. We want wit to win the argument. We want sticky images to campaign with.

Biofuelwatch is targetting the Drax Group plc AGM on 24 April. Links to the call to action are here: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/

Please submit your subversions, (which can be logos, images, comic strip, film or anything else you think does the job and we can post online) to biofuelwatch@ymail.com with the subject line Drax subversion. Deadline for submissions Wednesday 10 April

There is NO PRIZE other than our gratitude and the warm feeling of having perhaps helped a tiny organisation to fight a worthy cause and raise awareness.

We undertake to post the images on a gallery on or connected to the biofuelwatch website and to publicise them widely to national media. We will use subversions we like best to further our campaign. We may print them in which case no remuneration will be payable but you will be credited (if you want). We don’t intend to make any profit from any of the images. But if we do we will share it 50/50 with the originator.

Here is some Drax corporate bollox.


Here is some background on Coal to Biomass conversions.


Here are some images to get you going.

We apologise for the extreme boringness of the Drax logo.

drax logo

Here are some sources of pictures of Drax power station (google produces oodles)


Drax Power Station.....

Merging Powers, Drax Power Station.....





Here are some pictures of forest devastation caused by biomass harvesting.



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