Posts Tagged ‘Non-Profit’

AIGA Medalist Sean Adams and Norwegian designer and educator Rachel Troye have both had prolific careers in the design and branding industries, running their own successful studios in very different cultures and climates (Adams lives in Los Angeles). In spite of achieving international renown, both have shelved their studios indefinitely to take up the mantle of teaching, Adams at ArtCenter College of Design, and Troye at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, putting personal success to one side in service to the next generation of young creatives.
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While united by all of the above, there are clear differences between their outlooks on education, attitudes towards their current crop of students, and more clearly the geopolitical landscape of their respective nations. What separates U.S. students from their Norwegian counterparts, how robust are the respective creative industries, and just what is the benefit of asking novice designers to make a poster that offends their whole class? Adams and Troye have those compelling answers and more.

To learn more please visit: What Students are Taught – LINK

Fiverr and Ad Age have launched a design competition that challenges designers and copywriters to create an NYC subway ad for C/I, a non-profit that helps underserved communities thrive in the Tech industry. The contest is open to any individual, brand or advertising agency from any country. The winning submission will run in over 300 NYC subway platforms this summer.
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Submit a creative, eye-catching design that captures the importance of C/I for underserved students. The winning design for C/I’s first-ever ad campaign will create awareness of the organization and compel people to take action. Judging will take place in early May.

The panel of judges include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dennis Crowley (CEO, Foursquare), Kevin Brady (Creative Director, Droga5), Jim Moriarity (Brand Director, 72andSunny) and Jesse Juriga (Creative Director, Google).

The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2015.

To learn more please visit: Creative for a Cause – LINK

Nearly 4 months into the new year and it has been very productive so I wanted to highlight a couple of interests. Just before the doors closed on 2012 I was fortunate to reengage with a local entrepreneur who opens businesses that many of us just dream about. Naturally anyone creative would want to be a part of his vision/s so I met with owner Ray Willis to discuss ideas surrounding his new business – RC Cars of Boston. We collaborated previously on his identity for Spadafora Choppers so RC Cars of Boston purposefully ties strongly to the Spadafora brand. Spadafora Choppers was a big success so I’m hoping as this new identity continues rolling out it will be matched with equal excitement and praise.

For the past few years I’ve also been working with a great organization named Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. It’s a dedicated team of highly motivated individuals coming together for a great cause. Colleagues I’ve worked with in the past recommended the opportunity which was a chance to give back and help those less fortunate. My charge was to help call to attention and promote an annual sock drive also supported by the Boston Red Sox. I designed a unique logo “One Size Fits All” which was applied to posters, direct mail and online. Additionally I’ve worked with BHCHP to design their marathon T-Shirts each year so it’s more than rewarding to produce creative that really makes a difference.

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There’s a number of other new pieces of creative to explore including some spec creative for Beth Israel Deaconess and Westchester Medical Center to name a couple.

To see those examples and more please visit: Michael Pratt Design – LINK

The Art Directors Club has today launched ADC Young Guns For Good to connect top-notch international creative talent with charitable causes to help bridge the gap between the quality of work these charities are doing, and the quality of creative representing them in marketing materials.

The inaugural project for ADC Young Guns For Good is a partnership with Google Creative Lab through which ADC Young Guns artists will design $1 million worth of advertising that will run in USA TODAY to benefit charities involved with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

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Google Creative Lab in New York, recent winner of the USA TODAY 2012 Print Competition, has elected to donate the prize – $1 million in advertising media spend – to focus on charities benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief.

Empire State Relief Fund, Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and will each be paired up with one ADC Young Gun to develop and execute a full-page color ad in USA TODAY in April. ADC Young Guns will have the opportunity to express interest in participating in the program through March 22.

Art Directors Club – LINK

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide is a new publication by Aart van Bezooyen and Paula Rache that brings together six months of making new friends, photographing local impressions and collecting materials. Together with almost 60 designers, entrepreneurs and change-makers from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan they are sharing personal experiences, project examples and local culture to inspire and enable a more sustainable future.

Aart and Paula started the project in 2011 to get a better understanding of the fuzzy concept of sustainability and its role and importance for design. During 184 days, they were exploring a dozen countries to discover sustainable solutions in materials and design worldwide. During their journey they offered inspiring lectures and hands-on workshops to teach and learn about the local issues and practices of designers.

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“The book is a MUST for everybody who considers herself or himself a designer of the future,” commented Zuzanna Skalska, a recognized trend researcher who is one of the first readers. With this book Aart and Paula are bringing together the people, places and things they discovered during their travels to share their experiences. Personal contributions from the designers, entrepreneurs and change-makers they met are combined with local impressions and inspiring items discovered along their way. With designers making skateboards out of bamboo, researchers improving packaging products, children doing green studies in the jungle and surprising ways of (re)using materials, this book is an encouraging sustainable snapshot of what is happening in the world today.

Proceeds from the book will go to the Viva con Agua, a charity organization that supports people with clean drinking water worldwide.

It’s Not Easy Being Green – LINK

The John Hancock Boston Marathon Nonprofit Program has generously awarded Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) with non-qualified runner entries for the 2012 Boston Marathon.

BHCHP is thrilled to have this opportunity for the second year and we are looking for committed runners who are dedicated to furthering BHCHP’s mission.

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If you do not have a marathon number for the 2012 Boston Marathon and are interested in running as a member of Team BHCHP or want to learn more, please click here.

Already have a bib for 2012 but still want to be part of a team and help make a difference? Please click here.

Logo design by Michael Pratt Design. Please click here to view more work.

Please click here to learn more about the 2012 Boston Marathon.

Please click here to learn more about the BHCHP.

Memories will look at the thoughts and experiences of individuals who have survived cancer, as well as those of people who have lost loved ones. There will be ten stories inside, each looking at one person’s recollection of a particular day in the struggle against cancer. For each of these ‘memories’ a dozen leading artists, illustrators and designers will be creating their own visual response through their art. Two further stories will go ‘open brief’ and we’ll be inviting creatives worldwide to make their own images to accompany the text. The best submissions will go into the book.

That makes for 12 touching stories, and 144 smashing pieces of artwork.

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About Maggies
What is Maggie’s?
A Maggie’s Centre is a place to turn to for help with any of the problems, small or large, associated with cancer.
Under one roof you can access help with information, benefits advice, psychological support both individually and in groups, courses and stress reducing strategies. You don’t have to make an appointment, or be referred and everything we offer is free of charge.

To learn more about this wonderful publication and organization please click here.

Dave Kellett has been working with, twice-Sundance-nominated film-maker Fred Schroeder, and they have been flying around the US and Canada in a two-year labor of love, interviewing 60 cartoonists in their studios to create a wonderful film. They’ve sat down with creators to talk about how cartooning works, why it’s so loved, and how they’re navigating the painful decline of print, and the painful rise of digital. It’s our love-letter to the art form, but also an in-depth discussion of how artists – all artists – are practicing their art in an age where everything is changing.

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But they need your help to make it happen.

The editors, animators, and musicians are all discounting their rates to help us complete it, but it’s still an expensive process. Lordy, you wouldn’t believe how expensive it all is. But with your help, this really special film can be a reality.

To learn more about the documentary:

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Opening event of the Levi’s® Print Workshop in Berlin. From July 7 until August 18, 2011 this community-based screen-printing space is facilitating creative production and collaboration.

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Located in Berlin’s central core, Mitte, and housed in a temporary venue in the city’s former mint ‘Alte Münze’ (Old Coin), the Levi’s® Print Workshop celebrates craftsmanship and the city’s vibrant creative community. The Workshop marks the global launch of the Brand’s ‘Go Forth’ marketing campaign and continues its longstanding commitment of craftsmanship, community, and social progress.

Join the 7th Annual BHCHP Sock Drive – March 1-31
Join us in a drive to collect new white socksfor men and women living in shelters and on the streets.
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