Act on that

30 May 2013   //     1 comment   //   design, save the world

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My friend Ilina tagged me on Facebook today and asked me to design something to go with these words. So I did. Because as usual, this was much more fun than what I was actually supposed to be working on.

If you’d like a printable version, click here to download a PDF.

Now go use your powers for good.


Step Away from the Screen : No. 111

21 May 2013   //     Comments Off   //   365, design, save the world, step away from the screen

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Sending so much love to Oklahoma today and for many days to come.

Interested in sending love in the form of actual assistance? Here are some easy ways to do so:

Text STORM to 80888 for The Salvation Army USA
Text REDCROSS to 90999 for the Red Cross
Text FOOD to 32333 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

In each of these cases, a $10 donation will be added to your phone bill. So easy.

And here’s a comprehensive list of the different ways you can help the many animals affected by the tornado.


Step Away from the Screen : No. 85

22 April 2013   //     Comments Off   //   365, design, save the world, step away from the screen

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Happy Earth Day, everyone.


Step Away from the Screen : No. 81

18 April 2013   //     Comments Off   //   365, design, save the world, step away from the screen

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Sending love to all those affected by the explosion in West, Texas.


Step Away from the Screen : No. 79

16 April 2013   //     Comments Off   //   365, design, save the world, step away from the screen

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Sending all my thoughts and love to Boston right now.


Step Away from the Screen : No. 59

27 March 2013   //     1 comment   //   365, design, history, save the world, step away from the screen

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Love is love. Equal is equal. Let’s do the right thing here.


Vote Against!

07 May 2012   //     4 comments   //   save the world

If you are in North Carolina and you haven’t voted yet, please PLEASE go vote tomorrow. And please consider voting AGAINST Amendment One — a referendum so offensive to me that I am stunned that we have to even entertain this nonsense.

The idea that my home state — the place I was born and where I have spent the majority of my life — believes it acceptable for us to consider adding discrimination to our Constitution is such a disappointment. I feel as if North Carolina has been cast back into the worst part of our past: The part where hate was an acceptable value to teach our children; and the part where love was something to guard and reserve rather than something to spread equally, wildly, and comprehensively.

I have always been grateful to have grown up in a largely post-discrimination era. One where we had already learned the hard lessons and were working hard to right our past wrongs; one where my high school and college can have a woman head of school; one where my city and my country can have a black leader; one where all my friends are allowed to marry and have children; one where “bigot” is an insult.

And yet now here we are. It’s 2012. This year North Carolina will host the Democratic National Convention. And at the same time, North Carolina may also show the world that we believe in prejudice.

Don’t try to convince me no-one is watching. Everyone is watching. And I’m afraid we’re about to make fools of ourselves.

Please let’s don’t. Go vote. And when you do, VOTE AGAINST.

Thanks for listening.


Revival Market

25 July 2011   //     Comments Off   //   announcing, design, leap work, save the world, vintage


Friends. Texans. People who love food. I’m excited to show you something we made. It’s a logo and a website. For an amazing place: Revival Market. Revival is a locally-sourced grocer, butcher shop, coffee shop, and restaurant all wrapped up in one hip store that opened in March, in Houston. We had the great honor (and luck) of getting to design for these folks, and we couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. Co-owners Ryan Pera (from Charlotte, y’all!) and Morgan Weber were the best kind of clients: smart, interested, opinionated and creative. No wonder the store is so filled with awesome.

The website just launched and let me tell you — it seriously makes me wish I lived in Houston. Drought be damned.

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I hope you have a chance to take a look at the site. And if you live in Houston and have not been to Revival yet, please. PLEASE. Do yourself a favor and head over there this week. I promise you’ll thank me for it.



muses: lisa albrecht

14 March 2010   //     6 comments   //   design, happy, muses, save the world

Way back in 2008 I met someone who changed my life for the better.

Kirtsy was throwing a party with Guy Kawasaki, at his house. We had spent the past 3 days toiling in the sun, stuffing swag bags, arranging tables, organizing shuttles and managing preparations for a party that was as grand as any of our weddings. Finally we all disappeared into the hidden corners of Guy’s house to change into our party clothes. The transformation when we all emerged was glorious. Everyone was sun-kissed, flushed with excitement and beautiful. As we walked around reveling in our creation, I found myself in front of Lisa Albrecht and Adrienne Adair (Laura’s favorite art director), both of whom I had met just that day. When I complimented Lisa on her amazing earrings, I never expected what came next: she took them off and gave them to me.

Turns out her dad makes them. By the hundreds. Gorgeous, hand-blown, colorful glass discs, suspended on long, slender, silver rectangles. They are unlike anything I have ever seen before. Despite Lisa’s pleading with her dad, he won’t sell them. Instead he gives them all to her to wear. Their deal is, whenever someone compliments her on them, she gives the earrings to that person. Have you ever heard of anything that exuded such good karma? I hadn’t either.

I was so shocked that I actually accepted them.

Then, holding my own earrings in my hand, I started feeling bad. Here she is at this huge party with gorgeous earrings and now she has nothing. So I offered her mine. They paled in comparison to the candy-like drops she had given me, but it felt better. Then we went off and partied and didn’t see each other again.

Every time I wore my new earrings, which I did often, I got complimented on them. (But I never give mine away. Sorry.)

Then one day I got a box in the mail. Inside was the entire contents of the picture above, including a letterpressed Thank You note. It was from Lisa (and her father). Thanking me for giving her my earrings. Does that make any sense to you? She gives me gorgeous earrings that cause everyone who sees them to notice them, I give her an old pair of earrings that no-one even notices anymore. And she sends me a thank you present?

To this day, my heart leaps for joy whenever I see her.

And I want you to know her. In addition to giver of beautiful earrings, she is the brains and brawn behind the amazing LaundryTree, purveyor of Soap Nuts. Soap Nuts

Don’t know about SoapNuts? Dude, they are a fruit. That gets your laundry clean. And they totally work. And they’re completely, unadornedly, all natural. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

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Beautiful Lisa being painted by the lovely Katherine Center.

So go check Lisa out. And if you meet her, be sure to compliment her on her earrings. And tell her how much I adore her.


haiti, one week later

19 January 2010   //     1 comment   //   history, news, photography, save the world

Haiti remains a place of profound need, anguish, desperation and danger, with a few glimmers of hope and slowly growing capabilities to receive and distribute the international aid now flowing in. Sporadic looting, sometimes violent, was met with force by security officials and ordinary citizens, resulting in a number of further deaths and injuries. The tenuous security situation has led to at least one temporary evacuation of a medical facility, to protect the care-givers. Despite the long time since the earthquake, at least five people were pulled from the rubble alive this weekend, including a young girl trapped inside a supermarket who was fortunately surrounded by food, and survived on fruit snacks.

Looking for ways to contribute but still unsure how to go about it? Charity Navigator sorts and ranks charities to help you find one you can trust. For Haiti and countless other situations.

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