Good News: OUR WORLD IS GETTING BETTER

University work. ISTD Competition

The Brief
Explore and re-evaluate the expressive and comminicative power of stamps using the rich visual potential offered by typographic forms.
 
My message
Today we are overwhelmed and challenged by global problems. Disease, poverty, war and global warming are all aspects part of the daily news reports. The representation of these issues by the media is negative, with little hope or reports of positive things happening.
But the fact is that there is evidence of the opposite and that in many ways the world is getting better, the media just doesn’t seem interested in covering these stories. A good example of this is ‘the largest story untold’ – that the population growth is coming to an end through a combination of female education, access to contraceptives and abortion, and increased child survival.
 
I see the stamp as a vessel to carry a message to the random human being. This message is: the world is doing better; together we can reach our goals, we are making a difference.
 
The main purpose of this message is to fight ignorance among people and the pessimistic representation by the media in regards to global issues, and thus give people hope and a sense of global fellowship.
 
To present and spred the good news and give people a means to share it.
 
 
THE GOOD NEWS:
OUR WORLD IS GETTING BETTER
 
Most countries in the world have made an enormous progress over the last decades. When you take a step back and look at the grand picture the facts is undeniable: the world is getting better. Today, there is no country in the world where infant or child mortality is not lower than in 1950 – globally the under-five child mortality has dropped with almost 50% since 1990. Over the last 20 years nearly 1 billion people has been lifted out of extreme poverty and during the last 60 years the worldwide life expectancy has risen from 57 to 70 years. This is good news.
 
These are just a few examples among many, but the most important might be that fast population growth is coming to an end. It is described as one of the largest story untold and it has an enormous impact on worldwide human conditions. This is very good news.
 
We are striving towards making this world a better place and as these facts show we are making enormous progress. This is important to know as we continue our quest for an even better world and happier life's for everyone. Because, there are still enormous problems to tackle and we have to keep pushing forward. But it is good to know that what we are doing is making profound results, it is working. We can be positive about our future and strive towards making even more good news.
 
Mock qr-code and website address
 
 
 
 
The fold out Stamps.
Inside of foldout stamp
The Presentation Pack
Postcards - spread the Good News
Information Sheet
Stamp Sheet
Miniature Sheet
First Day Cover
Postcard Designs
Back of Postcard
The Facts
Global Literacy Rates
 
Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.
 
This will result in better worldwide education and higher standard of living.
 
This is Good News
Global Life Expectancy
 
The average human life-span has risen from 30-40 years in pre-industrial times to about 70 years today and life expectancy has gone up between 1990 and 2011 in every WHO income bracket. The gains are even more dramatic if you take the long view: global life expectancy was 47 in the early 1950s, but has now risen to 70 year.

No country in the world has a lower life expectancy than the the countries with the highest life expectancy in 1800. Since 1900 the global average life expectancy has more than doubled and is now approaching 70 years.
 
This is good news.
 
Global Poverty Rates
 
The number of people living on less than $1.25 per day has decreased dramatically in the past three decades, from half the citizens in the developing world in 1981 to 21 percent in 2010, despite a 59 percent increase in the developing world population.

Over the last 20 years nearly 1 billion people has been lifted out of extreme poverty.
 
This is good news.
Population Growth
 
It is one of the most important stories largely untold; over the last fifty years the global population growth has shifted. In 1960 average number of babies born per woman was five. Today this number is 2.5 and is still dropping. This change is a result of increased child survivor, female education and access to contraceptives and abortion.
 
This is Good News.
 
Global under-five Child Mortality
 
The number of deaths of children under the age of five has declined between 1990 – 2013 world wide from 90 to 46 per 1.000 births.  In Northern Africa the decline in present in the same period is 64. Eight of the 60 high-mortality countries have reduced the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds or more since 1990. The world is reducing under-five mortality faster than at any other time in the past two decades.
 
This is good news.
 
Sharing the Good News
http://www.ourworldindata.org/
http://www.unicef.org/
http://www.gapminder.org/
 
 
 
 
Be optimistc!
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