Archive for the ‘Design & Art’ Category

For some reason, the topic of sustainable graphic design keeps coming up lately in my reading (I think I read too much). We’ve been implementing green practices in our design studio for awhile now. Thanks to these green resources for designers and marketers, I have lots of new ideas…

Do you know of other green resources especially for design and marketing folks? Share them here!


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I’m betting that most of us (especially if we are artists or parents) have lots of art supplies that we don’t use. Now you have a chance to clean up your office… and help out local schools: donate them to Creative Pitch.

This Chicago-based organization collects art supplies (new or used in good condition) and donates them to local art teachers in need. The reality is that school budgets don’t always allow for basic art supplies—many teachers pay out of their own pocket for necessary supplies.

Let’s help them out by cleaning up our offices (or kids’ playrooms) and donating our unused art supplies. I have been participating in Creative Pitch for many years now, and I’m always delighted to receive an email from a happy art teacher.

Creative Pitch is currently seeking the following items:

  • markers
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • paper
  • scissors
  • stock photo/illustration books

Have items to donate? Email info@creativepitch.org to inform them of your donation items and/or to set up a drop off time. (NO OFFICE SUPPLIES, PLEASE.)

Learn more or make a donation to Creative Pitch here.

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17596_ftGive your client or co-worker a stylish mug in their favorite (PANTONE) color. This colorful collection of 10 PANTONE-hued mugs from Uncommon Goods is available in shades that are sure to satisfy everyone on your business gift list. Pair with a bag of coffee or box of tea and you have an easy yet thoughtful holiday gift.

P.S. My favorite is 549C!

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving? for more ideas.

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sPY-CMWFLOWith Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m thinking about all the special people in my business life—and how I can thank clients, vendors and other colleagues who make my life easier all year long. These fun, colorful travel mugs from French designers Créa Créa will make a unique business gift—and are sure to brighten up a desk or work commute. Créa Créa also has lots of other fun and funky desk accessories. (thanks to Stationery Trends magazine where I discovered their products)

Watch the bright spot or follow us on Twitter for more business gift ideas each week! And check out our Tipsheet, How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving? for more great ideas on finding unique business gifts.

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holiday cards by Lidia Varesco Design

holiday cards by Lidia Varesco Design

Yes, it’s that time of year again… cooler temperatures… warmer sweaters… and holiday cards!

Get a jump on the busy holiday season and order your personal or business holiday cards from Lidia Varesco Design now. Visit our online shop to see new card designs, as well as old favorites, featuring botanical motifs, historical patterns and whimsical typographic designs.

And don’t forget: we can personalize any of our card designs with your personal message or business logo. Larger quantities are available too. Email us for pricing and ordering info.

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The Ravenswood ArtWalk kicks off today! Visit with 175 artists displaying and selling their art along the Ravenswood Corridor from Lawrence to Cornelia (there is a free trolley.) See the RAW website or Twitter page for more info and a schedule.

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artrageous_logoOak Park’s village-wide, 10-day arts celebration ArtRageous starts today. Take a workshop or walking tour, visit an open house or see a film. Or just enjoy the art around you.

ArtRageous takes place October 2–11, 2009. See schedule of events for details.

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