Sex Worker's Rights and Advocacy Network
SWAN is the Sex Worker's Rights and Advocacy Network of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It currently counts 19 organizations in 16 countries as members. SWAN provides financial, strategic and outreach assistance to its members. In preparation for its presence at the 2010 International AIDS Conference, Parsons Fellow Kelly Nichols assisted the organization in four main areas:
An exploration of SWAN relationship to its members as well as SWAN's positioning amongst other sex worker advocacy NGOs lead to a revamping of its existing logo. To not lose all of SWAN's existing brand equity, the "dancer" graphic was retained. The acronym was set in a more refined and confident typeface and the dancer graphic was streamlined. In order to bolster the visibility of the web site, the SWAN url was included in a variation of the logo. Similarly, in an effort to reinforce the significance of the countries of the region, variations were developed that included each country's name. In addition, some of the member organizations voiced issues with successfully accessing the existing logo across multiple output formats. To address this, the final logo was rendered in a vector format for scalability and a small suite of application-specific files of the final logo was created to distribute amongst member organizations.
Business Cards & Letterhead
Following the aesthetic guidelines of the new logo, the new business cards and letterhead had a much more bold and contemporary look. It was delivered as a Microsoft Word template to be easily used for electronic documents.
While there was no dearth of quality content on the site, it was often difficult to sort through and find pertinent information. Categories were expanded and new ones created to house new content types that would be coming in the future. Additionally, Member Organization pages were expanded so that each organization could post their own content and those without a web presence could direct their audiences to their SWAN web page.
A 70+ page booklet of interviews conducted by Anna-Louise Crago entitled To See Our Power: Sex Workers' Stories of Fighting for their Rights in Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia was published in both English and Russian. The booklets were printed in a short run and were distributed at the 2010 International AIDS Conference and also available in PDF format on the website.
Two, two meter wide vinyl banners were designed to identify the SWAN booth, one for SWAN and one for TASZ/HCLU. Slogans were variations of sex worker "demands".
A couple of days into the conference, it was decided a conference-specific blog would be helpful for SWAN members attending to post their thoughts and reflections.
SWAN members also expressed interest in roleplaying while at the conference to engage passerbys in a manner similar to how sex workers are engaged by real police. A "Sex Badge" was created for SWAN actors who apprehended conference attendees by asking if they had condoms on them. Once the attendees displayed condoms, the "police" actors would find them guilty of prostitution and ticket them. On the ticket, participants were directed to the SWAN website.
Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN)
The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network is a network of civil society organizations engaged in advocating the Human Rights of the sex workers in Central and Eastern Europe, CIS and South-East Europe.
Kelly Nichols is an interactive designer and developer based in New York City. He has designed and developed web presence, web marketing campaigns and applications for Acclaim Entertainment, The Coca-Cola Company, Paramount Pictures, Intuit, The University of Chicago, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Weyerhaeuser. Additionally, Kelly has served as the U.S. Events Director for Cut&Paste, a visual arts advocacy group and producers of a live digital design tournament tour with competitions in sixteen cities on four continents. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School For Design