CONCEPTS FOR ALL: THE FIRST FREE OF CHARGE INTERNET IMAGE BANK DEDICATED TO HUMANITARIAN CAUSES

N. Wolfensohn

University of Quebec in Montreal (CANADA)
http://www.conceptsforall.uqam.ca

Concepts for All is an Internet image bank offering immediate free downloads of visual concepts related to humanitarian causes.

The main topics are: human rights, the environment, refugee and immigration issues, racism, famine, disease prevention, war and violence, abuse of women and children, illiteracy, social isolation, etc.

The Concepts for All objective is to assist non-governmental and non-profit organizations at work in the developing world by providing their communication needs with powerful, wordless visual metaphors through which messages and meanings can be easily understood.

All the images are copyright-free and can be downloaded without any charge by the interested parties. They can be used for posters, brochures, pamphlets, or as digital images, for websites and electronic mailing.

There is no explanatory text, but words can be inserted afterward by users according to their needs and in their own language.

More than 1200 images were created since 2007 within the framework of a workshop attended by students in their final year of the Graphic Design Program at the School of Design of the University of Quebec in Montreal, which generously renounced their author rights.

The project was widely commented upon by both print and electronic media, and received the endorsement of ICOGRADA and other nonprofit organizations.

To this day, thousands of images were downloaded in many countries on all continents.

The Concepts for All Web site is quadrilingual: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Other languages are presently being considered.