Award shows are interesting. We rarely submit to them anymore. But recently we were notified that we won the Best Graphic Design Firm 2019 – Chicago from an organization in England.
We know we will be the best in Chicago this year. And to support that feeling I was offered a wide range of plaques, personalized press releases, a stylish slate trophy as well as “a bespoke package including all of the items you will need to promote the award on a grander scale.”
So congratulations to us, I am hoping the slate is super bespoke!
We’re fascinated by the art created by Vasco Mourão, a Barcelona-based sculptor and illustrator who is using his talents to help clean up the ocean around the Azores, an Atlantic archipelago. Mourão creates and sells “Face Plastic”—abstract sculptures that he makes from recovered plastic trash. Half of the proceeds are then donated to The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit founded by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat that uses a current-aided filter to extract plastic from some of the largest “garbage patches” in the world’s oceans. It’s an international effort—and a great example of design that's improving the planet.
What started out as a “crazy idea” in 2015 has become a recognized art empowerment movement in Chicago. Conceived by Rich Alapack, we all live here supports arts initiatives in schools and unites communities by spreading its mantra of inclusivity throughout the city. That’s what we call walking the walk.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference. We like it that Curbed Chicago took the time to celebrate 2018’s architectural and design impact in the form of co-located libraries, affordable housing, and improved public spaces. Chicago is famous for its tall buildings, but when design and development make improvements on a small—and important—scale, everyone wins.
Having recently watched the harrowing documentary A Plastic Ocean, I was happy to see Pantone’s choice for the 2019 color of the year. With reefs rapidly disappearing due to bad waste management and climate change, “Living Coral” is a color that we hope will serve as a gentle reminder that the oceans are quickly becoming a victim of our addiction to plastics and the terrible environmental decisions being made in Washington. Save a reef—and celebrate Pantone 16-1546.
With the Bauhaus turning 100 in 2019, the spirit is still alive in our building. “Rethink the World” is more critical now than ever.
As our way of absorbing facts, news, trends, shopping, decision making, voting and a whole lot of other things changes, it is an extremely interesting time to be in the business of helping companies and organizations communicate. The mediums have obviously changed, but I still have trust in The New York Times (online and phone app), Amazon ratings, and people wanting to be my friend.
Recently I have had a lot of web developers wanting to connect with me on LinkedIn. Even though most went to Yale and work for $25 per hour to create fine apps and things to make money on the Internet—and don’t seem to have an actual website for the company they work for—they want to connect with me.
I trust them. Even if they didn’t cut and paste correctly.