In order to build a public perception of women as an equal and significant part of the veteran community in the United States, I designed #SheServed Campaign, a design concept designed by myself & my team that includes two design proposals aimed at changing the way people “see” women veterans.
Team: Alexia Cohen, Teng Yu, William Crum, Kevin Cook, and Antriksh Nangia
Project: Design Research, Product Design, Experience Design, Branding
Role: Design Researcher, Graphic Designer, Experience Designer, Website Designer, Photographer.
Special thanks to: Lawrence Abrahamson for the guidance and support.
The majority of the subsequent work centered on the designers’ creation of SheServed—a brand, campaign, organization, collateral, and website for women vets—along with it’s first “interactive” initiative, the Postcard Stories Campaign.
The team was very inspired by the “Live Strong” campaign and bracelets, which together raised both public sensitivity to cancer—along with donation funds for cancer research. “With SheServed, the managing organization puts out the messaging materials to vets and to the general public, telling them about the initiative and driving them to purchase the branded materials,” the team reasons. “In turn, the funds collected are given to organizations that support female vets.”
Framing the many weeks of design research was the question: How Might We establish a new cultural norm that a woman veteran is also a veteran? The team undertook both primary and secondary research, pouring over VA and VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) materials, conducting 10 expert interviews and 27 intercept interviews in New York City, along with online surveys distributed through social media.
Here the designers created a tangible prototype to investigate these insights more fully—designing a highly-researched (and playable) board game that takes players through the user journey of Active Duty, and then through Veteran Life. (Gameplay reveals countless obstacles in both; the deck is indeed stacked against women.)
Beyond design thinking, prototyping, graphic design, Jiani managed the flow of the storyboard ( photography, editing) and design all the websites.