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News, recent projects, and thoughts from our team.

This is a challenging story to share, but I’m putting it out there anyway. I made this conceptual piece in response to something that happened in my home state of Mississippi....

I was honored to speak about the PosterFest Design for Good initiative during AIGA’s 2019 National Leadership Retreat. As a past President of AIGA Miami, I co-hosted the breakout session "UNITE: AIGA Chapter Collaborations with Local Government and Non-Profits for Community Impact."...

Most people think of opera as rarefied entertainment for older, wealthy audiences. An artform that only exists inside the concert hall, that mostly speaks about things from a couple-hundred years ago, and often in foreign languages. Across the country, opera companies struggle to connect with younger and diverse audiences, both in terms of developing patrons, and in recruiting artists to learn and perform the music....

Paz quem quer faz (the one who wants peace makes peace), a quote from Brazilian poet TT Catalão. Hand-lettering and blind letterpress on Crane Lettra #220. Printed (by me!) on a Vandercook SP-15 at IS Projects in Fort Lauderdale....

Nothing like seeing a designer take matters into his own hands. Via a social good initiative called Basic Safety Net, designer and artist Brian Singer is raising funds to produce & distribute disaster preparedness guides to San Fransisco residents (beginning with the most economically distressed neighborhoods first), offering key information for what to do pre- and post-disaster. Brian explains the urgency of this project: "We live in a potential disaster zone, we all know this. There are 7 significant fault lines running through the region. And we know the next major quake isn’t a question of IF, it’s a question of WHEN....

I absolutely LOVE this project from Artefact Group – The Tarot Cards of Tech help designers and technologists think through the potential consequences of our work. Too many of us don’t recognize the power and agency we have in this world – we don’t realize that the work we do has serious implications in society. It can be very tricky to foresee the end results of the projects to which we lend our skills. So I am excited to get my hands on this toolkit to help myself and my community think this through....

Inspiration from unlikely places, and why, as design professionals, language should be part of our discussion about diversity and inclusion. Actual conversation with a client team (have I mentioned that my clients astound me with their thought processes & decisions? I’m so lucky to get to work with people with vision, guts, and ethics – who are working for the change they want to see in society)....

On #InternationalWomensDay, I wanted to share something about a mostly invisible part of our society: homeless women. I was pretty unaware of how differently homelessness can impact women, and all the myriad causes of homelessness among women. ...

We live near the water. When I go to the beach, I enjoy the sun and sand, and try to avoid the jellyfish and sunburn, just like everyone else. It’s nice. When I am still and pay attention to the ocean itself, something else begins to happen, something of an altogether different quality – perspective. ...

I watched it. A lot of people I know were boycotting it. Saying we shouldn’t normalize, or that it was too heavy and negative and thus unproductive; and I do respect those positions; but myself, I felt I needed to see it. To stay engaged, to feel and live through what’s happening; because after all, this is really happening to me, to us, and not to someone else....