Chantal Fischzang’s research and practice serve a range of multidisciplinary projects focused on design for social impact and her capabilities range from brand identity, print, publication, exhibition to interactive design.

Newark Hope Village

Visual system for Newark's innovative 90-day program using converted containers to shelter residents who are at-risk or without addresses.

Murals for Justice – Newark

On June 27, 2020, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the global call for racial and LGBTQ+ justice, the City of Newark in partnership with Rutgers University Newark, prompted a unique collaboration of designers, artists, activists and community partners to create two massive community ground murals in Downtown Newark. This initiative titled Murals for Justice brought together nearly 300 students, artists, organizers, and residents.

Will You Be My Monument

A Four Story Interactive Public Art Installation on Treat Place, Newark. This project is a part of the Four Corners Public Arts initiative, embracing collaboration and emphasizing community building. The installation is inspired by the City of Newark’s removal of the Columbus statue in Washington Park on June 25, 2020, and features a photograph of Faa'Tina, an eight-year-old Black girl who celebrated her 8th birthday in Washington Park that night.

Newark Rhythms

Open form public history project looking at history critically through the lens of visual arts, spacial sonic arts and music.

See Me Bronx

The Bronx Museum explores the nuances of identity through a series of prompts directed into the collective social space.

Nube Gallery

NUBE Gallery is a contemporary art space fostering both local and international artists, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Abortion Is Normal

An emergency exhibition organized by a collective of cultural practitioners as an urgent call-to-action to raise both awareness and funding in support of accessible, safe, and legal abortion.

Making A Place

Newark Rhythms' first publication accounting the Rutgers University Newark campus’s construction as a self-reflection on the university’s postwar legacy and contrasting effects on the city.

AIGA NY: Making The City

Exhibition design for AIGA’s NY Chapter. Making The City showcases designers not only working on civically-engaged projects, but engaging in civically-engaged practice, crafting solutions that come from collaborations with civic leaders, non-profits, community organizers, artists, activists, and citizens themselves.

Project 01

A very old project of mine

Upon the Dream

© CF, 2022

Chantal Fischzang is a designer and educator based in the NY/NJ area.

Along with her role as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Rutgers University-Newark, Chantal is a founding member of IntraCollaborative, a team of designers and educators sharing a deep-seated interest in design and its relevance to the social sector.

Chantal integrates publicly engaged practice and design education through her work at Express Newark, as Co-Director of Visual Means and Design Consortium, two academic programs that model a design-studio working experience in which faculty, students, researchers and community partners engage in a collaborative design process to create impact in the city of Newark.


Through my academic research at Rutgers University-Newark, I’ve experienced a clear intersection and productive exchange between my career focus, my role in the classroom and my responsibility to the community — through collaboration, co-building, social engagement and service learning — so I continued to investigate ways in which social contexts can be applied to the fundamentals of graphic design: image, word, message-making and the technological conditions of the medium.

One of the most important aspects of my professional development has been the collaborative process. The strategy, decision making and design process behind highly charged social issues, are more purposely founded and more democratic when it is informed by a collaborative and/or participatory process with partners, clients, audiences.


I believe in the people I work with and in the power of design.

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