Southern Coalition for Social Justice

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Empowering Southern Communities of Color

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the south to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing and communications. Specifically, they focus on abolishing the criminalization of marginalized communities, including Black and Latinx individuals impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration.

The Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit

The Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit provides in-hand guidance for people hoping to clean their criminal records and better acclimate to life after parole. 

Kompleks Creative was brought on to design a toolkit that informs and empowers readers. Inspired by the fictional Marvel Comics country of Wakanda, the publication design embodies a futuristic theme. To evoke feelings of energy and hope, we selected a bold color palette and handwritten typography that depicts graffiti. We used data visualization to present legal terms and technicalities that may be intimidating otherwise. To inspire readers to take action, we incorporated impactful photos that reflect the communities the toolkit will serve.

Your First 48

The Your First 48 toolkit provides a comprehensive plan for individuals who are about to be released from prison. The toolkit focuses on the first 48 hours after release—the most critical hours after release. The brochure design needed to instill confidence for readers while evoking a calm, supportive presence. Similar to the Umar Muhammad Clean Slate Toolkit, the design features large photographs in a clear, easy-to-read layout and includes the same handwritten, sketchy typography.

Imadé Nibokun

“They are highly detailed in asking about our vision and how to bring this vision to life. I was blown away by the graphic design and how the imagery perfectly matches our mission and values.”

Youth Justice Project Policy Platform

The Youth Justice Project Policy Platform is a grassroots campaign that works with Durham Public School students who are committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline and achieving educational justice. Inspired by the zine trend, the publication design incorporates a professional style that can be shared at the legislative level while still feeling youthful and bold. We used black and white photos to instill a serious aesthetic that complements the demands outlined in the publication. To resemble a student’s sketches, we included sections of handwritten typography and graphic elements that break up the policy text and give the design a more gritty feel.


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