Since the summer of 2019, Re-nourish has been helping to get the Climate Designers project launched and effective in creating climate action in the design community. As part of that initiative, we are hoping to affect design education to help graduate the next workforce of climate designers. Instead of the... read more →
When we decided to re-do the content and look of our site, we knew we wanted to return to our roots of digital illustrations. When we switched to photography, it was due to time and money. We had neither. Luckily with some funding we got last year, we were able... read more →
The planet and humanity needs designers to change the way they make things. This was the astutely accurate thesis from the 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart. Their book changed my life. I had for some time wondered what negative impacts all... read more →
As a kid I played outside mainly because my parents forced me too. However, I turned those demands into adventures filled with many good memories from my backyard, playgrounds, and in the woods. Being outside peeked my interest in Boy Scouts. I loved earning merit badges mainly. I don't remember... read more →
In early 2019, I started to prepare for my spring 2019 courses at the University of Illinois. That term I was assigned to teach EDGE (Ethics of a Designer in a Global Economy) and I felt the discussion of ethics on climate and graphic design needed to be a part... read more →
This is my second cathartic installment charting my personal and emotional journey as a designer and educator coming to grips with the possible death of many of Earth’s ecological systems. Since my last post I have been constantly searching for uplifting news about positive steps folks have taken to combat... read more →
This is my first cathartic installment charting my personal and emotional journey as a designer and educator coming to grips with the possible death of many of Earth’s ecological systems. Where to begin? I have grieved the loss of our ecosystems and potential for a better future for years. It’s... read more →
Thomas Matthews: 20 years, 8 Questions on How They Don’t Stop and Keep Learning to Enact Social Change.
Below is an interview with the team at Thomas Matthews, a communications design studio in London, England who focus on design solutions for the built environment and social change. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Happy 20th anniversary of Thomas Matthews! How's everything going in London? It’s been... read more →
I usually don’t write book reviews. In fact I did only once. It was a chore, but I did it because I felt the review was worth my and your time. This is another one of those rare instances. In this case, I have been looking for a book or... read more →
Interview with Social Impact Designer Charlene Sequeira : Every effort counts, even if you can’t see it right now.
In awareness of ‘World Environment Day this June 5th, we spoke with Charlene Sequeira, a New York based designer and strategist who focuses on the intersection of design, education and sustainability. Can you give us a quick overview of your design background? Soon after my undergraduate degree I worked in Bombay, India in... read more →