We run crowdsourced, creative campaigns that enlist artist and designers to create work around different ideas and causes. All designs that meet the requirements in their respective creative briefs will be published and made available for sale as prints and other merchandise. Artists retain ownership of their work but grant us permission to promote, license and sell it in exchange for 40% of the proceeds.

Creative Action Network is a marketplace for social impact design work covering a range of progressive issues. We believe that art has the power to create real social change and, to that end, invite you to submit designs for the causes that are most important to you. You are welcome to submit as many designs as you like as long as each design is a distinctly different concept (as opposed to multiple variations of the same idea). All designs that meet the requirements listed below will be published as prints and select designs will be made into apparel and other home goods (this requires a layered/transparent file, see below). You will receive 10% of all sales revenue and 1% will be donated to our non-profit cause partners. Be sure to checkout our artist terms and conditions for more information.


If you're looking for the creative briefs for our previous campaigns, you can find them all here.

Your Design Should:

  • Be in support of a single topic (see the list of topics below).
  • Follow the spirit of “celebrating what you want to see more of.”
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF)

Your Design Should Not:

  • Be mean-spirited or divisive
  • Include logos or urls (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.



Every great book deserves a great cover. Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or autogenerated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting and inspiring to us. We're asking illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes to create new covers for over 150 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain including new 2019 titles! Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers.

Proceeds support The Digital Public Library of America which amplifies the value of libraries as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. They do this by proactively collaborating with partners in the field to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to broaden digital access to information.

Your Cover Should:

  • Depict the front cover of one of the listed titles, prominently displaying the book’s title (larger) and the author’s full name.
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 18" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be bold, expressive, and engaging
  • Be legible in black and white
  • Be a full bleed image (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Cover Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Rely overly on cliches

Book List:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Aesop's Fables by Aesop
  • Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  • Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  • Bambi by Felix Salten, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  • Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  • Emma by Jane Austin
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Howards End by E. M. Forster
  • Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  • Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
  • Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Author Unknown
  • King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  • La Prisionnere by Marcel Proust
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street by Virginia Woolf
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  • New Hampshire by Robert Frost
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Oliver Twist, or the Parish Boy's Progress by Charles Dickens
  • On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
  • On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Rootabaga Pigeons by Carl Sandburg
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
  • Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented by Thomas Hardy
  • The 8 Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Leblanc
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Ambassadors by Henry James
  • The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Unknown
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud
  • The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
  • The Fox by D.H. Lawrence 
  • The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion by Ford Madox Ford
  • The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Legend of Sleep Hollow by Washington Irving
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
  • The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
  • The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dicken
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Professor by Charlotte Bronté
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  • The Prospects of Industrial Civilization by Bertrand and Dora Russell
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  • The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The World Crisis by Winston S. Churchill
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None by Frederich Nietzsche
  • Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Tulips and Chimneys by E.E. Cummings
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

“The country needs, and unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932

“This is going to be the (Green) New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation.” - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 2019


Nearly 100 years ago, staring down The Great Depression, our government put the nation’s artists to work, shaping America’s vision of itself, with President Roosevelt’s New Deal. The artists, the art, and the story of America coming together stands out in history as a model for tackling our biggest problems, and inspired us to start CAN in the first place (we even made sure our name was 3 letters, just like the WPA).


WPA Inspiration 


Today, we find ourselves in a similar position, facing down climate change, income inequality, racial injustice, and more problems too big for small solutions. That’s why we’re so excited to join the movement advocating for a Green New Deal: a set of progressive legislative proposals aimed at, among other things, curbing the effects of climate change and transforming the U.S. economy and infrastructure. While the Green New Deal is still in its infancy, at CAN we’ve taken up the charge of helping the public understand and imagine what could be possible with this exciting new set of policies -- just as the artists of the original New Deal helped to inform and advocate for those innovative programs over 80 years ago.

We’re seeking poster designs that advocate for and help visualize the Green New Deal and one or more of its main themes (see below). We launched this collection of posters at a first-of-its-kind event in Washington D.C. on March 14th, bringing together the top Green New Deal advocates, policy-makers and investors in the nation.

Topics:  

  • Putting People to Work - Empowering people of all stripes to lift themselves up and be a part of something bigger, take pride in working + helping the greater good.
  • 100% Clean and Renewable Energy Sources - including wind, hydroelectricity, and solar.
  • Our Nation’s Infrastructure - Transportation! And housing, inner city revitalization, parks.
  • Economic Justice - Building a green new economy that works for everyone.


Your Poster Design Should:  

  • Elevate and advocate for the Green New Deal either in its entirety or by choosing one of the themes listed above.
  • Include the text "Green New Deal" in some capacity.
  • Take stylistic inspiration from (but not be limited by) the art of the original New Deal/WPA.
  • Emphasize diversity, equality, cooperation, coming together to save the country and the world.
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be full bleed (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (do not place text too close to the edge)


 Your Design Should Not:

  • Be partisan or mention any political group, candidate.
  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images like brand logos, editorial photography of celebrities or politicians, or someone else’s artwork. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.


Optional: Additional Products

If you think your Green New Deal poster design would make a cool button or t-shirt, please consider submitting designs for those products as well! There’s no guarantee we’ll be able to print them all, but we think there could be a demand for buttons and apparel and we’d love to try some designs!


In addition to the Poster requirements, your Apparel Design Should (optional):

  • Be free-floating (not compositionally reliant on the frame of the image)
  • Be a vertically oriented, 15" by 19" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (4500 by 5700 pixels)
  • Be a transparent or layered file with a solid background color (TIFF, PNG, PSD, or AI)


In addition to the Poster requirements, your Button Design Should (optional):

  • Be a square, RGB image at 1035 by 1035 pixels that is a JPG or PNG
  • Fill the entire square canvas but content should crop to a circle.
  • Keep a safe area of at least 100 pixels on all sides (don’t place text or important objects too close to the edge).

Jon Stewart recently remarked about how odd it was that throughout the election, no one ever asked Donald Trump specifically what makes America great. With the election behind us and an uncertain future ahead it is important that we not lose sight of the things that truly make America great, and artists are in a uniquely qualified to answer that question in ways that can touch our hearts and stir us to action.

America’s greatness isn’t up to any single person to define - it’s up to all of us. That’s why we're inviting 100 diverse creatives, from high school students to professional designers, to design a poster about something that they believe makes America truly great. We'll feature one poster each day during President Trump's first 100 days in office, starting with Inauguration Day on January 20, and build a grassroots collection of reasons why America is great already. 

Your Design Should:  

  • Depict one topic that makes America great
  • Prominently include your chosen text/word
  • Less prominently include the text "Makes America Great"
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Should Not:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.


Postcards 


With the midterm elections almost here, we as a country are getting our first opportunity since the 2016 election to be heard at the ballot box. We have a chance to flip the House blue and put a major check on the current administration. Which is why we’re partnering with Swing Left, to shine a light on the 78 "winnable" Swing Districts and inspire everyone to volunteer in these districts to get out the vote in the midterms, because there is so much at stake.

Between now and the election on November 6th, 2018, we’re seeking travel postcards that depict each of the 78 Swing Districts (listed below). We’re inviting artists and designers from in or near these districts to celebrate what is unique and wonderful about each district (such as hometown heroes or landmarks), as a creative way to encourage volunteers to visit their closest district with Swing Left to knock on voters’ doors, which is the most effective way to drive turnout. Click here to find your closest Swing District.

Proceeds from this campaign will support Swing Left, a political group working to win a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives in 2018 by building a grassroots network of volunteers and donors in targeted Swing Districts across the United States. All submitted artwork may be used by Swing Left in their online & offline campaign materials. 

Your Design Should:

  • Depict one of the 78 districts listed below. (You don’t have to live in the Swing District. Choose a Swing District near you, your hometown, or one that you feel a connection to.)
  • Take inspiration from vintage postcards that include images within the name of the location
  • Prominently depict the full state name and district number (ie. “California’s 45th”)
  • Optional: Include a tagline like “Explore America’s Swing Districts” or “Volunteer in your local Swing District”
  • Be a horizontally oriented, 20" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 200dpi (4000 by 3200 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF)

Your Design Should Not:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use  copyrighted images like brand logos, editorial photography of celebrities or politicians, or someone else’s artwork. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license. Take note of your source and include that when you submit.

Winter is coming. The midterm elections are fast approaching, and that means it’s our chance to change our government. We all know the classic “I Voted” stickers we get on Election Day at the polls, and now we’re inviting artists & designers to create voting buttons that we can all wear proudly leading up to election day and encouraging everyone to vote. 

Between now and Election day on November 6th, 2018, we’re seeking non-partisan button designs that encourage people to exercise their right to vote. Taking inspiration from the classic “I Voted” stickers, let’s get ahead of the game and let people know that you’ll be voting and encouraging everyone you know to vote. And for the first time, we’ll be producing and selling all submitted designs as actual buttons!!

Proceeds support HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

Your Design Should:  

  • Encourage people to vote
  • Be nonpartisan
  • Optional: use a slogan like: I'm Voting, Fired Up Ready to Vote, GO VOTE, VOTE, Vote Please, Don't Boo Vote
  • Be a square, RGB image at 1035 by 1035 pixels that is a JPG or PNG
  • Fill the entire square canvas but content should crop to a circle.
  • Keep a safe area of at least 100 pixels on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge) 
  • Optional: Include a layered or transparent file (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF)

Your Design Should Not:

  • Be partisan or mention any political group, candidate, or issue (just voting!)
  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images like brand logos, editorial photography of celebrities or politicians, or someone else’s artwork. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wild life are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people...The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." -Franklin Roosevelt

In the 1930's, as part of the New Deal efforts to put artists to work, our government commissioned posters to showcase the country's most stunning natural features under the banner: "See America." These iconic images put thousands of artists to work, helped link our natural landscape with our American identity, and live on nearly 100 years later as celebrated works of art. But there are hundreds more parks deserving of beautiful artwork to bring the great outdoors and our country's history to a new generation. That's why we're launching a crowdsourced campaign seeking new "See America" posters highlighting the beauty of our natural landscape and historic sites in all 50 states.

Contribute a design depicting your favorite park or natural landmark, the list below should get you started but is only a jumping off point - any landmark, monument or preserved area on the local, state, or federal level are acceptable! "See America" is a project of The Creative Action Network, in partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association, and Posters For The People. Exhibitions are being planned across the country. 

Proceeds from this campaign support National Parks Conservation Association, the independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage. 

Your Design Should:

  • Illustrate a treasured space (ie. local, state and federal parks, landmarks, trails, etc.) in the 50 states and US Territories
  • Prominently say "See America"
  • Less prominently include the name of the illustrated park or landmark
  • Take inspiration from, but not be limited by the original See America posters
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be full bleed (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (do not place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

"Do not oppress a stranger; you yourselves know how it feels to be strangers, because you were strangers in Egypt.” Exodus 23:9

At Passover, Jews all over the world are re-telling the story of their Exodus from Egypt. Unfortunately that story remains all too relevant today, as the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Approximately 60 million refugees from war and persecution around the world are seeking safety and a better life, just as many of our ancestors did. As states and countries move to pass legislation to keep refugees out, it’s more important than ever that we not lose sight of our compassion and humanity.

That’s why Creative Action Network and the Anti-Defamation League are teaming up to invite artists to illustrate refugee stories from across time and geography. Maybe your family fled pogroms in Eastern Europe, from Nazism, from political oppression in Iran or the Soviet Union. Maybe you know someone who fled Uganda or other countries that persecute members of the LGBT community, fearful that their sexual orientation or gender identity would put them in grave danger. Maybe you are concerned about how many today have to flee extreme violence and persecution, whether from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Central America or some other land. No matter where refugees came from or their reason for fleeing, each story is unique--but connected. We hope to build a collection of pieces that rise above the noise and hateful rhetoric by humanizing the refugee experience.

Like these stunning photographs of Ellis Island Immigrants or these portraits of Syrian Refugees, we’re inviting artists to illustrate portraits depicting a refugee’s exodus. Each piece should depict a pivotal moment in the story of a refugee’s life--whether a family member, someone you know whose personal story has inspired you, or one of the incredible stories found on the UN’s Refugee Story Project (not the only source for powerful refugee stories, but a good one!). The entire collection will show how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is.

Your design should: 

  • Depict a pivotal moment in the story of a refugee’s exodus. If you don't know a refugee, checkout UNHCR Refugee Stories, the US Holocaust MuseumDoctors without Borders, HIAS, or Women on the Run for inspiration.
  • Include the text “We Were Strangers Too”
  • Provide as much context as to the time place and if possible, reason for their flight.
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG

Your design should not:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

Since the space race began, generations of Americans have been captivated by the idea of outer space. Science fiction fantasies have filled the pop-culture long before space travel was feasible. With a new era dawning for NASA and privatized space companies our imaginations are again becoming flooded with new images of exploration.

At the start of the manned space age all astronauts were pilots from a military background and they brought the tradition of military shoulder patches with them to the space program. Since then it has become tradition for every mission to have an official patch design.

With a historic milestones being reached everyday there has never been a better time to celebrate the history and future of space travel. We're inviting artists and designers to create a new collection of mission patch designs for your favorite past, present and future missions to help engage a mainstream audience in the excitement of extending humanity’s reach beyond Earth.

A partnership with SpaceHorizons, an innovative non profit that promotes interest in STEM education for minority and female students in underserved communities.

Your Design Should:

  • Illustrate any single past, present or future mission by any Government or Space Agency (see list below below)
  • Prominently include the mission name
  • Less prominently include any notable information like Destination, Date(s), Organizations (Optional)
  • Be a shape with 0-10 sides (circle to decagon) on a solid color background
  • Be a square 18" by 18" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (5400 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Use up to 4 colors
  • Work well small (down to 3”, patch size)
  • Include at least 2" of safe space from the edge of the canvas.
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos of Space agencies (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Include the names of Astronauts
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

Click here to view the Sample Mission List

From degraded soils and fracked farmlands to dammed rivers, poisoned water and a rapidly changing climate, our planet is under immediate and increasing threat. This November, you can help defend our planet by voting for leaders who support clean air, clean water, strong climate action, and a shift to regenerative agriculture and a more sustainable economy. The choices we make on Election Day will have a direct effect on countless environmental issues at the national, state and local levels. A vote for the planet is a vote for the future—and the time to act is now.

Patagonia and the Creative Action Network aim to create a new activist collection of political protest posters to communicate Patagonia’s belief that our country’s economy, security and future are wholly dependent on a healthy environment and urging all of us to take action and vote to protect our planet. Born out of The Canary Project, CAN, and Patagonia’s Vote The Environment campaign in 2014, Vote Our Planet is inviting artists & designers across the country to use their talents for our planet.

Patagonia will use this art to remind Americans that voting for our planet is the best defense for America itself: its Air, Water and Soil. A selection of Vote Our Planet art will also be exhibited at the David Brower Center in Berkley, CA as organized by longtime Creative Action Network partner The Canary Project.

Your design should: 

  • Prominently include the text “Vote Our Planet”
  • Use simple imagery to evoke protection and defense of Air, Water, Soil…or all three!
  • Look and feel like a handmade, environmental activist protest poster that is simple, direct and urgent. (Checkout a few of these stylistic examples for inspiration!)
  • Be super simple, no more than 3 colors
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 18" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be free-standing (ie. design should have a simple background and shouldn’t touch the edge of the frame)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file with a transparent background (PNG or TIFF)

Your design should not:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

1200 Posters was one of Creative Action Network’s first campaigns, originally inviting 12 up-and-coming artists to illustrate 1 of 12 quotes about community, conversation and collaboration from Margaret Wheatley's text "Turning to One Another". Each artist created a poster design that was sold in editions of 100, released every month through 2012. We’ve since opened up the campaign for contributions from anyone!

Your Poster Should:

  • Combine type and image to illustrate one of the twelve quotes by Margaret Wheatley
  • Be a vertically oriented, 16" by 20" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (4800 by 6000 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be a full bleed image (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)

Your Poster Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

Quotes:

  • There is no power greater than community discovering what it cares about.
  • Ask what's possible, not what's wrong. Keep asking.
  • Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams.
  • Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
  • Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don't know. Talk to people you never talk to.
  • Expect to be surprised.
  • Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
  • Invite everyone who cares to work on what's possible.
  • Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
  • Remember, you don't fear people whose story you know.
  • Real listening always brings people closer together.
  • Trust that meaningful conversations can change the world.
"We The People Of The United States, In Order To Form A More Perfect Union"
- The Constitution Of The United States.

On June 26th, 2015, The Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges in that marriage is a right, for everyone, everywhere. Since our Constitution was written over 200 years ago, Americans have been working to forge our nation into a more perfect union, and with this ruling we've done it again. Congratulations to everyone who's worked so hard and so long to make equality a reality. We're inviting artists and designers to follow suit and create a series of designs celebrating our more perfect union. 

Proceeds from this campaign support Courage Campaign, an online community powered by more than one million members, instrumental in the fight for marriage equality. 

Your Design Should:

  • Typographically illustrate the phrase "A More Perfect Union"
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Use up to 3 colors
  • Be free-standing (ie. design should have a simple background and shouldn’t touch the edge of the frame)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file with a transparent background (PNG or TIFF)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Be mean spirited or attack those who disagree with you.

The world is bristling with more than 15,000 nuclear weapons - thousands of which are locked and loaded, ready to fire at a moment's notice. The risk that these weapons of mass destruction will be used is rising and the consequences are greater than ever. The only way to prevent a nuclear catastrophe is to secure all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons: "global zero."

We're all familiar with the traditional imagery of the anti-nuke movement, much of it developed during the counterculture movements of the 1960s and 70s. Doves, peace signs, sunflowers, mushroom clouds and other cliched images from that period served a valuable purpose then, but they're not working today. It's time for a fresh start. The movement needs a new, forward-looking approach to communicating the urgent truth about the global nuclear threat--and the promise of a world without nuclear weapons--to a new generation of grassroots activists around the world. That's where you come in. 

We've partnered with Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to take on this challenge, and build a new collection of designs for the anti-nuke movement. We're inviting artists and designers around the world (especially those from key nuclear-armed states, including China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) to contribute designs illustrating the number zero and the goal of a future free of nuclear weapons.

Everything is on the line. Our actions and attitudes today will determine whether we usher in a future free from nuclear weapons--or one in which they are used again, to devastating and irreparable effect. Proceeds from this campaign support Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. 

Your Design Should:

  • Typographically illustrate the number or word zero and evoke the global grassroots movement working towards a future free of nuclear weapons
  • Include one of the following slogans: Global Zero, Demand Zero, We Stop at Zero, A World Without Nuclear Weapons, Vote Zero
  • Be urgent, bold, nonpartisan, forward-looking, positive
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Use up to 3 colors
  • Be free-standing (ie. design should have a simple background and shouldn’t touch the edge of the frame)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file with a transparent background (PNG or TIFF)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Include negative or cliched 60s imagery like mushroom clouds, peace signs, sunflowers or doves
  • Read as the letter "O" (as opposed to the number)
The recent tragedy in Newtown, CT has brought national attention to the issue of gun control: what types of weapons are available, how they end up in the wrong hands, and how to prevent future tragedies from occurring. The list seems to be growing faster now: Columbine, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek and now Newtown. It's time for us to step up and do our part. The NRA and those who defend the status quo are hyper-organized with newsletter, conferences, and even posters. It's up to us to exceed their efforts and show that we're serious about reducing gun violence in America.

We're launching a collection of gun control posters with posters from artists of all skill sets and backgrounds. We're hoping that the collection is as diverse and expressive as the artists we're reaching out to but would also ask that the following guidelines be observed.

For every poster sold you will receive 40% of all revenue. The remaining 60% will be split between the Creative Action Network and our campaign partner organizations.
If you have any questions or need feedback on your work, please email us at contribute@thecreativeactionnetwork.com.

Your poster should:
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Simple, clear, and concise with a single takeaway, message or idea (ie. "Assault weapons are bad" or "We need fewer guns, not more")
  • Be generally positive, uplifting and encouraging action (ie. "Now's the time for action!" and "Together we can reduce gun violence")
Your poster should not:
  • Be gory, violent, or depressing
  • Be too specific (ie. "Pass this bill" or "Vote for this legislator")
  • Be disrespectful
  • Have a logo in the bottom right corner
Wolves get a bad rap. Though they are a critical linchpin that help maintain healthy ecosystems, in popular culture, they're often portrayed as scheming predators and menaces which, in turn, makes their protection as an endangered species a harder sell. Some lawmakers now are trying to take away Federal protections from wolves, playing upon those paranoid ideations. We are trying to stop that from happening.

Creative Action Network and Earthjustice are inviting artists and designers to build a collection of designs with the goal of celebrating the wolf by portraying its wildness, mystery, and general bad-assness but in a playful way, relying on irony and kitsch (for lack of a better word) to improve their public image. We wish to combat fear and misunderstanding of wolves by celebrating the species and building a greater appreciation for the iconic creatures.

Proceeds from this campaign support Earthjustice, using the power of law to defend our right to a healthy environment. 

Your Design Should:

  • Depict a wolf/wolves and play on one of the following themes: The wolf = the epitome of the wild and everything that wilderness stands for. The strength of the pack/join the pack/a chorus of howls/Stand with wolves. Wolves as sexy beasts. The subject of the fairy tale flipped on its head. i.e. The Big, Bad Wolf as the misunderstood anti-hero.
  • Be some level of kitschy (considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.)
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Use up to 3 colors
  • Be free-standing (ie. design should have a simple background and shouldn’t touch the edge of the frame)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Depict wolves as monstrous or fearsome
Contribute a design addressing an issue that moves you. Whether that's on health care, immigration, marriage equality, war and peace or drug policy, the specific topics are open. We want to hear what's keeping you up at night, what moves you to action and how we collectively move forward in America and the world. We just ask the content is compelling and the design is beautifully executed.

Power to the Poster is a part of The Creative Action Network. Justin Kemerling and Aaron Perry-Zucker are its curators.

Your Poster Should:

  • Advocate for progressive change and inspire people to action.
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 18" RGB image at 300dpi (3600 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG

Your Poster Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Be poorly designed, rely on cliches, be overtly negative or advocate for violence or vulgarity.
There are men and women, movements, and moments which transcend any one team or sport or era. That's why we've partnered with Bleacher Report, the leading digital destination for team-specific sports content and real-time event coverage, to invite artists from around the world to create work that captures a figure, event or evolution that hold power and meaning far beyond any scoreboard.

Some moments are simple and iconic, while others are a complex series of events, but they all had effects that reverberated beyond the game and shaped society in some way. The goal is to both represent the actual events that took place while using illustrative elements (color, style, composition, etc) to amplify the transcendent nature of the moment.

Proceeds from this campaign support Boys & Girls Clubs, promoting and enhancing the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. 

Your Poster Should:

  • Illustrate one of the moments listed below
  • Use bold colors and illustrative style to amplify the transcendent nature of the moment
  • Use relevant, typographic quotes to contextualize a moment if you choose (not required).
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be full bleed (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (do not place text too close to the edge)

Your Poster Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
  • Be based solely off someone else's photograph. If you do use a photograph as your launching off point, it must be available under a creative commons license. It is ok to depict these famous moments and people on your own, inspired by the events.

List of Moments:

  • The Battle of the Sexes II, Houston, Sept. 20, 1973
  • I Can’t Breathe, 2014
  • Munich Massacre, Munich, 1972
  • Pat Tillman, Army Ranger
  • Muhammad Ali and the Draft
  • Title IX and the women’s sports revolution
  • Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013
  • Miracle on Ice, Lake Placid, Feb. 22, 1980
  • Out of the Shadows: Jason Collins, NBA; Brittney Griner, WNBA; Michael Sam, NFL
  • Nelson Mandela, Rugby World Cup, 1995
  • O.J. and the White Bronco, Los Angeles, June 17, 1994
  • Jim Valvano, Madison Square Garden, March 4, 1993
  • Dale Earnhardt, The Man in Black or “The Intimidator”
  • Black Power Salute, Mexico City, Oct. 16, 1968
  • Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn, April 15, 1947
  • Gehrig’s Farewell, Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939
  • Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, tennis pioneers
  • Jesse Owens, Berlin, August 1936
  • Magic Johnson, Los Angeles,  November 7, 1991
  • Texas Western, NCAA basketball, 1966

Libraries are a fundamental part of our communities. They continue to grow, change, and serve in the 21st century. Today's library users understand that the institution is more than just a building and books, and that learning and access are still the cornerstone of modern libraries. Depending on where you live, your library may be funded directly by voters or by your town/city/county government. But regardless of where you live, the vast majority of your library's funding comes from your neighborhood.

A large majority of Americans see libraries as important in their communities. But if they are not currently a library user, they are largely nostalgic about what happens in libraries. It's up to us to update that nostalgia and demonstrate that well-funded libraries impact education, local business development, community identity, and personal discovery in new ways. Libraries are progressive institutions because they are funded by taxes for the common good. They are uniquely conservation institutions because they are cultural heritage institutions that preserve and curate our community identity. Since the beginning of our country, libraries are an integral part in the life of towns and cities. With your support, will continue to do so.

Proceeds from this campaign support EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. 

Your Design Should:

  • Prominently say "Vote Libraries" and represent one of the themes below
  • Be simple, illustrative and forward-thinking
  • Be a square 22" by 22" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (6600 by 6600 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Use up to 3 colors
  • Be full bleed (no margins or borders)
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (do not place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Poster Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
Your contribution to Vote Libraries should be a call-to-action about the future of this most basic public institution, highlighting one of the following themes:
  1. Education
    1. Story time is early childhood literacy.
    2. Summer reading helps keep kids at grade level, after school time extends the curriculum.
    3. Adult Literacy programs and language development.
  2. Maker Spaces
    1. 3D Printing, creating, and making.
  3. Business Development
    1. Information and Programs for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
    2. Jobs skills training.
  4. Access
    1. Access to tech fuels economic development and connects people to idea, to families and each other.
    2. Access to ideas and information is a basic need for our democracy.
Launched in 2008 and revived in 2012, Design For Obama is a grassroots collection of posters from artists around the country to help elect Barack Obama as President, and was Creative Action network's first campaign. With the help of activist and filmmaker Spike Lee and Taschen books, we published the 2008 collection as a beautiful coffee table book with an essay from design author and historian Steven Heller.

As we approach the end of Barack Obama's presidency we're inviting our community of artists and designers to thank Obama by revising and re-posting their original campaign posters. If you created a campaign poster in 2008 or 2012, please add it to the collection! You're also welcome to create a new “Thanks, Obama" design thanking Obama for his service.

Your Design Should:  

  • Be a campaign poster in support of Barack Obama
  • Optional: Include #thanksobama
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Should Not:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
The Iconic “We Can Do It” poster of the 1940's is one of the most famous posters of the last 100 years, depicting an empowered female worker. Initially commissioned by Westinghouse Electric to motivate its own workers, the poster was claimed by the feminist movement in the 1980’s to represent the idea of women entering the workforce. The iconic image remained in the zeitgeist and the message of equality and worker empowerment is still quite relevant today in 2016. 

The first woman was nominated by a major party to be president. Huge gains in women's rights were won in the Supreme Court. We're seeing the unprecedented rise of women's issues like paid leave, child care, and equal pay in national conversation. Yet while women are playing a major role in shaping national policy, still little attention is given to them and their needs, particularly working mothers and women of color.

That's why we’ve teamed up with UltraViolet--a community of over 1 million people mobilized to fight sexism and expand women's rights- to launch We Can Do It!, a new collection of designs inspired by the iconic “We Can Do It” poster of the 1940's - to celebrate modern-day workers (women and men alike) who keep the country running and rarely receive the recognition they deserve.

Proceeds from this campaign support Ultraviolet. We’re also proud to be working with AFSCME in recruiting more artists. 

Your Design Should:  

  • Recognize and depict an under-appreciated worker in an empowered light
  • Take inspiration from Rosie the Riveter
  • Prominently include the text “We Can Do It!”
  • Less prominently include the name of the type of worker depicted
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Keep a safe area of at least 1" on all sides (don’t place text too close to the edge)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Should Not:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

Sample Worker :

  • Migrant Farmworkers
  • Domestic Workers (nanny, house cleaners, etc)
  • Healthcare Workers (nurses, techs, etc)
  • Fast Food Workers
  • Municipal Workers (bus drivers, waste management, etc)
  • Professional Workers (doctors, lawyers, etc)
  • And many more!
Working Families Party is a grassroots progressive political organization that fights for economic and racial justice. They are fighting for an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well connected, and a democracy in which every voice matters. They also believe the promise of our democracy has been broken when the views of a single wealthy donor can carry more weight that the needs of millions of hard-working families.

Working Families Party (WFP) and Creative Action Network (CAN) have teamed up to create a series of designs celebrating five of WFP's core issues. As WFP grows state by state, becoming a leading national player in the fights that matter to working families, we're helping them visualize their core causes to mobilize their community.

The collection of designs will be used as prints, postcards, t-shirts and other campaign materials for WFP members and should proudly and boldly illustrate one of the slogans below. Solutions should incorporate illustrative or graphic elements alongside typography to further communicate the issue.

Proceeds from this campaign support Working Families Party, electing the next generation of progressive leaders and building grassroots power to renew the American Dream. 

Your Design Should:

  • Typographically illustrate the chosen slogan (below) along with illustrative and/or graphic elements.
  • Be bold, simple, and clear
  • Be a vertically oriented, 12" by 16" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (3600 by 4800 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Be free-standing (ie. design should have a simple background and shouldn’t touch the edge of the frame)
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.
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