Occupy Design: Visual Tools for the 99 Percent
  
Last weekend, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. hosted spontaneous “Hackathons" to brainstorm how to use various platforms to help Occupy Wall Street. One of the ideas hatched was Occupy Design,  a new website that gives a “visual language” to protesters across the  country. Jake Levitas, a designer from San Francisco who’s heading up  the project, says it’s a chance to fight back at media who characterize  the movement as directionless.
"These are people who have valid concerns grounded in reality and  grounded in data that can be communicated visually," Levitas says. "If  we get these signs on CNN instead of the ones that say ‘Screw  capitalism’ on a piece of cardboard," viewers don’t see a generic  grievance but "exactly how people are being screwed and by how much.  It’s a lot harder to argue with statistics than it is with talking  points." 
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Occupy Design: Visual Tools for the 99 Percent

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Last weekend, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. hosted spontaneous “Hackathons" to brainstorm how to use various platforms to help Occupy Wall Street. One of the ideas hatched was Occupy Design, a new website that gives a “visual language” to protesters across the country. Jake Levitas, a designer from San Francisco who’s heading up the project, says it’s a chance to fight back at media who characterize the movement as directionless.

"These are people who have valid concerns grounded in reality and grounded in data that can be communicated visually," Levitas says. "If we get these signs on CNN instead of the ones that say ‘Screw capitalism’ on a piece of cardboard," viewers don’t see a generic grievance but "exactly how people are being screwed and by how much. It’s a lot harder to argue with statistics than it is with talking points." 

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