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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.

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Mural Typography, Implementation Kit & Signage

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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.

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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.

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Murals for Justice - Newark

By engaging students in partnerships with the community, a conscientious design-sense is forged. It establishes deep networks of trust and personal involvement in the changes they want to see in their city.

On Martin Luther King Boulevard between the Essex County Historic Courthouse and the Veterans’ Courthouse, the words “ABOLISH WHITE SUPREMACY” were painted in bright yellow traffic paint from curb to curb. On Halsey Street, east of the Rutgers campus the words “ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER,” took up a City block.

The murals were painted with bright traffic paint, similar to the murals that erected across the country. The murals were designed using MARTIN by VocalType, a type foundry owned by Black designer, Tré Seals. MARTIN was inspired by remnants of the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968, and the signs of striking workers declaring “I AM A MAN.” The letterforms live 25 ft’ in height, and were drafted by design faculty, students and local muralists in preparation for the community painting.

I designed the typography and implementation method for the murals, articulating a collaborative system in which letters could be drafted individually by small teams.

See the full story:
Newark’s Black Lives Matter Murals: A Design Process & Collaborative Action Framework.
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