In 2022, while the future of work remains unclear for many global industries, freelance designers are finding clarity in what works for them. Motivated by a life of freedom and flexibility, they’re taking charge of their time, their craft, and where they channel their creativity; from the messages they promote, to the clients they align themselves with.
From healthcare to the environment and racial injustice, each year brings a new global crisis into focus. We’ve seen designers transform into content creators and organizers, creating visual toolkits for protests and sharing impactful content on social media.
We’re calling this phenomenon “creativity with a conscience.” According to findings taken from our report on the freelance design industry, the top 5 issues that designers deem most important this year are:
In light of these findings, we challenged our community to design a poster for a cause they care deeply about. From shining the spotlight on LGBTQA+ voices to protecting the rainforests and keeping the waterways clean, entries poured in. The three winners featured below will have $500 USD donated to the non-profit of their choice. Read on to see what matters to them, the causes they nominated and how they channeled their creativity for good.
For margorite, this “illustration is based on the movement born to battle this law which reads #JUSTSAYGAY. As a way of saying that we, the members of the LGBTQA+ community, won’t be silenced, stopped or censored ever again.”
Illustrator lulunamostu is based in Amsterdam, but her heart is still in her native Bosnia & Herzegovina. The non-profit organization she nominated focuses on creating a sustainable future for every living creature, including animals.
Mar Sifuentes’ poster features hand-illustrated women from Latin America in honor of an organization whose mission is to strengthen the capacities of indigenous women leaders from different regions of Peru.
Designers are feeling more empowered than ever to make a difference through their art. Though that’s one way designers can work on projects that matter to them, it’s not the only way. Here’s how else “creativity with a conscience” is playing out:
Our 2022 Design Without Borders report dives deep into the collective struggles, triumphs, and possibilities of one of the most diverse and globally accessible industries to date. With insights and opinions from 10,000 freelancers from 144 countries around the world, see the year through the eyes of creatives.



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