How can you help someone understand something they have never personally experienced? Especially something that is traumatic or life altering. In the past year I encountered several very affecting depictions of what it is like to move from relative normalcy, to chaos, and onto a journey to find a new normalcy. Like many people, I […]Read More Sharing the Experience of Chaos
Telling stories and communicating the heart of that story to a listener, reader or viewer has always been a fun creative challenge.Read More Visualizing Everything.
I remember reading that the average per-capita GNP of the industrialized world is around $27,000 while Africa’s is $528. I felt shocked at the extreme disparity. Because this information was simple and concise it was immediately clear that this disparity in wealth was severe. Every day we read or hear about all manner of complex global […]Read More From Abstract to Meaningful
Non-profit clean water change-agent WellDone has done great work to raise awareness about the world’s clean water crisis and to create on-the-ground solutions in some the the most water challenged spots. To accomplish their mission requires getting their message across and communicating to businesses and organization, potential donors, partners and the public the magnitude of […]Read More Water by Numbers – Creating change thru Design
An article from Design Mind on GOOD (Design Mind is a magazine from San Francisco design firm frog design and GOOD Magazine is, well, something everyone should get involved with) asked the question “What does meaningful mean?” The article describes one of frog design’s periodic forums held to stimulate ideas and thinking. This particular forum […]Read More What Does Meaningful Mean?
Its not the sequel to 300. But it is about standing our ground and fighting for awareness and change. Even a really great elevator pitch can still be pretty uninspiring, and in this day and age hard to share with others… who can remember all those words? It’s a tough problem many of us face. […]Read More Telling the story of 350
Another interesting meditation on the significance of objects Danish filmmaker Christian Svanes Kolding created this wonderful short film featuring objects he had accumulated during his move from Denmark to the west coast of the US and then to New York. The film is one continuous tracking shot across seemingly random objects. As objects pass by, […]Read More The Things We Keep
These great infographics from Wired’s September 09 issue were created by a team at Kansas State. The set of maps represent US per-capita statistics that you could associate with the Seven Deadly Sins. I don’t want to venture into what story is being told in different regions of the country but it is quite interesting. […]Read More American Vice: Mapping the 7 Deadly Sins
Pete Dungey, a graphic design student at the University of Brighton created a public art installation Pothole Gardens to highlight the deteriorating condition of roads around him. At once a brighting of the landscape it also communicates the collective problem by drawing your attention back to something we are all trained to just drive around. […]Read More Fighting back with Art and Flowers
Since we posted the “Where Does It All Go” article the other day, we thought we should also post environmental activist Annie Leonard’s The Story Of Stuff to fill in the where does it come from part of the eco-equation. This twenty-minute piece does a great job of explaining the many steps that our products […]Read More The Story of Stuff