Inspired by The Poetry of Warsan Shire, Design Students Launch Art Campaign Tuesday 12 February, 2013

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When a poem is visualized, you can relate to it in new ways. We’re happy to have the support of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graphic Design department in our “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” crowdfunding campaign at Graphic Design students read several poems by Warsan Shire and created artwork based on the lines […]


When a poem is visualized, you can relate to it in new ways. We’re happy to have the support of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graphic Design department in our “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” crowdfunding campaign at Graphic Design students read several poems by Warsan Shire and created artwork based on the lines that resonated with them.

Eric Benson, Chair of University of Illinois Graphic Design Program and Associate Professor, is a published author, activist and international speaker on sustainable design theory and practice. Eric has been a long-time Live Unchained supporter and collaborated with us to design the Live Unchained “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” graphic design assignment for his students as a postcard campaign. Speaking of the project, Eric says: “It’s been great seeing Live Unchained grow over the years. I was happy to share this opportunity with my students. It’s given them the opportunity to design for a diverse community and the Live Unchained website has introduced them to art and artists that many have only begun to know.”

We think you’ll love this art as much as we do. You can collect all 16 cards with our newest perk, “Art Cards,” for a contribution of $35. Please pin, tweet, tumblerize and post these images everywhere online to help spread the word about the “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” campaign. The official “Terrifying, Strange & Beautiful” hashtag is #liveunchained.

Inspired by the poem, “Residue” by Warsan Shire | Designed by: Nathalie Rock

Inspired by the poem: “Day 7,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by: Eduardo Diazmuñoz

Inspired by the poem: “The Letter Your Mother Couldn’t Write,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Michael Zhang

Inspired by the poem: “Haiku on missing,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by: Evan Jarzynski

Inspired by the poem: “The Fire,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Monique Marchwiany

Inspired by the poem: “My hair is falling out, but there are worse things to lose,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Derek Steinweg

Inspired by the poem: “Untitled,” by Warsan Shire by Elaine Palutsis

Inspired by the poem: “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Michael Wernert

Inspired by the poem: “Be small for me,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Audrey Javier

Inspired by the poem: “34 excuses for why we failed at love,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Daryl Quitalig

Inspired by the poem: “Be small for me” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Heather Stickney

Inspired by the poem: “Crude conversations with boys who fake laughter often,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Vanessa Burritt

Inspired by the poem: “What did we even talk about” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Ellen Claire Winston

Inspired by the poem: “What they did yesterday afternoon,” by Warsan Shire. Designed by Denise Castaneda

Inspired by the poem: “Residue,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Courtney Lai

Inspired by the poem: “I am a lover without a lover,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by: Hyo Ri Nam

Inspired by the poem: “The inanimate daugher,” by Warsan Shire | Designed by Lauren Blackburn

We can’t make “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” a reality without your support. Any amount you can contribute would be much appreciated. Please spread the word about!

Written by Kathryn Buford



  • Ananda Leeke says:

    Just made a donation today and will feature the campaign on #CreativityThursday, February 21.

  • MUCH appreciated Ananda!

  • gabriel says:

    this is amazing well done… beautiful

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  • Love these! I find them inspiring.

  • Fisher says:

    what do you mean “maybe” you’re bored or crazy :)(we were talking about the nrmbeus last night and i was distracted by “77 sunset strip” – a programme i used to watch when i was a kidpoem please dsnake1cheers

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