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AIGA San Francisco

Quantity Produced


Production Cost

(Paper and time to silkscreen were all donated)

Production Time

2 Months

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

11 in × 17 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Mohawk Loop Milkweed 80lb. Cover

Number of Colors

Offset: 1 PMS
Silkscreen: 2 to 3 PMS




Hand Drawn Geometric


Presented by the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, cause/affect is “a biennial, international design competition that celebrates the work of designers and organizations who set out to positively impact our society.” To promote the event, a collaborative poster was designed by Tim Belonax in collaboration with event co-chairs Kristen Bouvier and Arvi Raquel-Santos. First, Tim designed the “Make Your Mark” poster and it was printed offset in blue. Then past winners of the competition were invited to design a “mark” and then they all came together to silkscreen on top of the offset-printed posters for a beautifully layered result.

The copy and concept for the poster were developed first, focusing on themes of interaction, inclusion, and impact. We wanted to bring people into the process and design a piece that would facilitate our themes. The notion of collective, positive action is reiterated in the large titles “Make Your Mark / Make Our Mark” on both sides of the poster, while past cause/affect winners were invited to add their voices to the discussion via designed marks. The passion and commitment that drives most socially-conscious design projects is reflected in the production, form and content of the piece, meeting possible entrants on an equal level and elevating a humble piece of mail into a call for action.

Individually silk screening 2,000 different posters was no easy task. Plan! Plan! Plan! And make sure to have tons of support when undertaking a huge collaborative project.

Volunteers: Chris Behrandt, Neelu Bhuman, Kristen Bouvier, Allison Bucchere, Alice Bybee, Nate Chavez, Ryan Connolly, Gritchelle Fallesgon, Ted Folstad, Micah Kasman, Jesse, Liana Lawrence, HoMan Lee, Katy Liao, Jeremy Payne, Chantal Sanchez, Arvi Raquel-Santos, Roz Snitrak, Kiera Wesphal, Eugene Young, and HoMan Lee

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Marks, left to right, top to bottom: Amy Fidler, Arvi Raquel-Santos, BRUTE LABS, Chris Behrendt, Gee+Chung Design, Mark Boediman, Michelle Brook, Tim Belonax, Volume Inc.
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AIGA 2011 Cause/Affect Poster


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AIGA SF Social Impact co-chairs: Kristen Bouvier, Arvi Raquel-Santos

Lead Designer: Tim Belonax

Marks: Chris Behrandt, Tim Belonax, Mark Boediman, Michelle Brook, Brute Labs, Amy Fidler, Gee + Chung Design, Katy Liao, Michael Osborne Design, Rise-and-Shine Studio, R3, Arvi Raquel-Santos, Christopher Swan, Volume Inc., and WorldStudio



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Armin Vit

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

April 21, 2011


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