Interview with the Graphic Designer

Christy Batta, Graphic Designer

Christy is an award-winning graphic designer for nonprofits and businesses doing good work for others. Her mission is to help clients make the right impressions on the right people. In addition to her design business, she is the co-founder of the Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring. You can learn more about her design work at heybattabatta.com.

How do you feel about the Syrian crisis and what is your connection to it?

I’ve mostly become connected to the Syrian crisis through the Tomorrow’s Children film. I only knew about it in a very general way before but the film as well as getting to speak with Mouhanad have helped me understand the different ways the violence has impacted families over the many years the conflict has been active.

What made you join this project?

I happened to see Mouhanad’s post on Twitter about looking for a graphic designer for his film project. I hadn’t designed a film poster for a while but I was curious to take my experience with turning complex stories in compelling visuals for nonprofits and small businesses and apply them to this. Once I was able to watch the film there was no way I could turn away from the children and the very unfair challenges they are facing.

Which of the kids featured in Tomorrow’s Children is closest to your heart?

Moustafa really stands out for me. You can tell he feels a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera because his eyes are darting around when he’s being filmed in the close-up view, but even so he is still allowing himself to be filmed. I think about how he wanted to be part of the film even if it’s challenging for him and I can really relate to that. I’m not the first person that will volunteer to speak up, but when it comes down to what’s necessary for what’s right, I’ll be there. Moustafa also lays down the hard facts so we can understand in a very real way how little he is paid for his labor and I think that’s a really important part of the film.

Is it possible to actually make a difference in regards to the Syrian crisis? Can millennials help?

Yes, it is possible. For me, one way is by volunteering with my skills like I was able to for the film’s poster design. A professionally-designed poster can help elevate and expand the impact of the film and get more people involved just like it got me involved. The other way to make a difference is sharing my spare change. It’s amazing how a small amount like $5 would replace a full day of work for Moustafa. I think about that now when I buy something silly just for fun and to entertain myself. In addition to sharing my skills, I wanted to give to SANAD to provide ongoing support to the children as well.

For the future of the Syrian children, do you see hope? 

I think there is hope for the future. The resilience of the children in the film is incredible and if we can do something to support them getting education and working towards their goals, I think they can still do incredible things.

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