On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 we presented our talk "Retooling Graphic Design Assignments: Building the Framework for a Sustainable Future" at AIGA Nuts+Bolts in Bowling Green, Ohio. Historically, to create, we destroy... and we must change this way of designing. In an era of global warming and concerns regarding the... read more →
“No matter the outcome of the international climate negotiations, it is clear that now more than ever before, we need the ideas and contributions of as many people as possible to address climate change,” –– Thomas Malone, MIT Climate CoLab I write this article not because I have the a... read more →
Abstract This research examines the emerging role of sustainable graphic designer. A current gap exists between a small group of highly-motivated sustainable graphic designers and the rest of the industry. The purpose of this study is to identify demand for sustainable graphic design and to understand how prepared graphic... read more →
From punk rock posters, to websites to designing for social good, Marc O’Brien sits down with Eric to discuss how there is no “right” path to a good design career and his latest work - Secret Project, the Social Good Guides, and ‘Hey What’s Good In?’.
Pamela Napier sits down with Eric to share the story of her metamorphosis from hamburger advertiser to design educator and Jed Knight of participatory design. She also dissects why collaborative design is the best way to create and parses through the nuances of designing sustainably and sustainable design.
Neva Murtha joins Eric to discuss her work at the environmental non-for-profit Canopy, the state of the paper industry, and what designers and citizens alike can do to save old growth forests by choosing post-consumer waste and crop residue papers.
What does it mean to "design opportunities for impact"? Designer, educator, and urbanist Liz Ogbu sits down with Eric to explain her work at Studio O and provide a practical list of best practices for you to design for social impact in a community.
Andrew Shea joins Eric from New York to discuss how his background in philosophy and politics led him to a career as a designer, author, and educator making positive social impact and inspiring others. Andrew is the author of the book "Designing for Social Change," runs the studio MANY, and... read more →
Shana Dressler joins Eric to share her journey from filmmaker and journalist to designer, educator, and social entrepreneur. She discusses how her Social Good Startup workshops and consulting help future social entrepreneurs not only earn a living but at the same time change the world.
Enter In February of 2015, Re-nourish, a 501(c)3, launched a new and exciting project called Onward Radio. The podcast is dedicated to discussing and promoting socially conscious design. Eric Benson dissects the intersection of social, sustainable and service design with experts from across the globe in 25-35 minutes - your commute to work... read more →