Designer and Project M founder John Bielenberg visits Onward Radio to share how keeping physically active helps him focus, why he got kicked out of art school, and how small bets can build toward making the world a better place.
Portuguese designer Joana Casaca Lemos discusses how the communication designer can build a sustainable design network, convey and respect a community's values, and create real social impact using her work with global food systems as an example.
Ever heard of a SEP IRA? What is magic about the number 2.5 in terms of saving money? Certified financial planner Lauren Lyons Cole joins Eric to discuss strategies for design freelancers to be more sustainable financially month-month and into retirement. Learn more about Lauren at www.laurenlyonscole.com "Whiskey on the... read more →
This past spring 2014 semester I joined forces with two other design educators from vastly different teaching institutions than my own to test the most effective way to teach sustainable design to the millennial generation. Yvette Perullo (Newbury College), Brooke Scherer (University of Tampa), and myself (University of Illinois) took... read more →
Some may argue that the trend towards “going green” began with the release of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962) and the brief American disillusionment with oil that began in the 1970's. However, I would argue that the big change began with Al Gore's 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. After the... read more →
I never considered myself an environmentalist before I undertook a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. To be perfectly honest, I still don’t see the stereotypical tree-hugging, granola-eating environmentalist when I look in the mirror. I did the degree in an attempt to diversify my knowledge base and because I was... read more →
This past April 2013, I accepted an invitation to participate and attend the Launch 2020 Summit at Nike HQ in Beaverton, OR. This two-day summit was sponsored by NASA, Nike, USAID, and the US State Department and brings together 150 of the world’s brightest innovators and sustainable system thinkers to... read more →
On April 13, 2013 I gave a presentation with a colleague John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo) at the AIGA Blunt Conference in Norfolk, VA entitled "DeZombies and the Coming Design Apocalypse." Here is the abstract: When director George Romero introduced the modern conception of the zombie in 1968, he created an enduring... read more →
What does a sustainable photography studio look like, and how do you create one? Jason Lindsey worked hard for several years now to make our studio sustainable. In the process, we've encountered some unexpected challenges and reaped some surprising rewards. We began when we relocated our studio to a 2200-square-foot... read more →
I have been working on this poster for the upcoming College Art Association conference in NYC being held next week. My goal was to show the interrelationships between various parts in sustainable systems thinking in communication design. Below is an excerpt of the poster text: Communication designers develop printed ephemera... read more →