Damiaan Melis is a graphic designer
& campaigner for progressive causes,
people-powered movements
and radical culture.

Damiaan Melis

Graphic designer & campaigner working with progressive social causes, people powered movements and radical culture.

Currently busy, () designing campaigns Small Axe.

Scroll down for a selection of work.

Contact:   Email / Twitter / Instagram

School Cuts campaign
For: the National Education Union
Completed at Small Axe
‍2017 – ongoing
School Cuts is a campaign with the National Education Union for fair school funding across England. After almost a decade of austerity, school budgets are in crisis. The campaign is built around a website that gives localised figures for how the cuts will affect local schools across the country. It turns the big-data from large, abstract numbers into localised figures relevant and real to parents. It has grown into a powerful movement of parents, communities, teaching staff and unions.
We Can Win
Completed at Small Axe
2016-2017
We Can Win combines the strengths of grassroots community organising with forward-thinking digital and creative communications. We are organising in local communities to find and train a generation of progressive community leaders and councillors. We began our campaign in the heart of the City of London, an area where the world’s wealthiest banks sit alongside a community of ordinary residents and low-paid workers. Our Get Out The Vote efforts boosted turnout in the two residential wards and, for the first time in a long while, we elected resident councillors to Britain’s most secretive local authority.
Progressive Alliance
For Compass
Completed at Small Axe
2017
The Progressive Alliance is a movement for a better politics, where progressive people and parties work together to create the change we want to see in society – greater equality, democracy and sustainability. we built a national movement that led the way in progressive collaboration and targeted thousands of tactical voters in key constituencies around the country. The Progressive Alliance thwarted the Conservatives in 22 of our 31 target seats and ended their Parliamentary majority.
Chicory 'flexine'
For artists,
Anne-Mie Melis & Roger Lougher
2017
Chicory 'flexine' was an exhibition by the artists Roger Lougher and Anne-Mie Melis. They experimented with growing chicory plants in the un-natural space of the gallery. Out of the exhibition came a poster, a website and a small publication made up of recipe cards and documentation of the performances.
Meliora Journal
In collaboration with Laura Saxton
2015
Meliora Journals are a series of multi-authored publications that explore the relationship between art and activism. Each publication is the outcome of a collaborative public workshop. They act to bring people together, including those who would not otherwise have met, and attempt to start a conversation, an informal environment for change inspired by public expression and community. It attempts to break down the barriers to 'activism' and acknowledge the power of creativity in everyone.
Rules For Radicals
Undertaken at Small Axe
2018 – Ongoing (WIP)
A series of posters visually manifesting the 12 core rules at the heart of Saul Alinsky’s indispensable tome on community organising, ‘rules for radicals’. These 12 rules are still very pertinent to contemporary organising/campaigning. Every designer with an interest in social causes should read this book.
Rodchenko typeface (WIP)
Self-directed
2018 – Ongoing (work in progresss)
Rodchenko is a work-in-progress facsimile revival of the lettering found on the cover of Sume Cheng, The Chinese Woman, designed by Alexander Rodchenko in 1929 for Gosizdat (The state publishing house, Moscow) A radical publication in it's layout, from the golden age of constructivist photo-montage and book design.
dxdy branding
U
‍2017
Rodchenko is a work-in-progress facsimile revival of the lettering found on the cover of Sume Cheng, The Chinese Woman, designed by Alexander Rodchenko in 1929 for Gosizdat (The state publishing house, Moscow) A radical publication in it's layout, from the golden age of constructivist photo-montage and book design.
64 Million Artists
2017 – Ongoing
We Can Win combines the strengths of grassroots community organising with forward-thinking digital and creative communications. We are organising in local communities to find and train a generation of progressive community leaders and councillors. We began our campaign in the heart of the City of London, an area where the world’s wealthiest banks sit alongside a community of ordinary residents and low-paid workers. Our Get Out The Vote efforts boosted turnout in the two residential wards and, for the first time in a long while, we elected resident councillors to Britain’s most secretive local authority.
About

Damiaan Melis is a graphic designer and campaigner. He was born in Belgium but has been residing in the UK for almost 20 years. Working across print, digital and moving image, he is passionate about forward thinking design for progressive social causes and people-powered movements. He is currently a designer and member of Small Axe, a non-profit, workers co-operative and integrated campaigns/communications agency. Currently, his practice is underpinned by the shaping of visual identities and communications for courageous campaigns.

Last updated: 11/07/2018

Education & Work
Small Axe Communications

Designer & Campaigner
London, 2015 – Now

Typography Summer School

London, July 2017

BA Graphic Design

Central Saint Martins
London, 2012 – 2015

melisdamiaan@gmail.com