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An Interview with AIGA Seattle President, Gage Mitchell

by Jennifer Stewart | Nov 3, 2015 | Studio News

We're strong believers in the power of design, and because of this, we're also long-time supporters of AIGA, the professional association for design. In fact, Gage has served on the Board of Directors for over 12 years now, across four different chapters, in various roles from Programming, to Operations, to Sustainability, and now President. Being the President has it's perks – one which is being the guinea pig for a new series of blog posts on the AIGA Seattle website profiling the hard-working volunteers behind the curtain. So if you're curious to read more about why Gage started Modern Species, or what advice he offers to new designers, keep reading...

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Our Charitable Donations 2015

by Jennifer Stewart | May 28, 2015

We like to do good. Not in the poor grammar sense of the word, but in the dictionary-definition ethical sense. However, one person’s idea of good may be another’s definition of evil, so in deciding where to put a portion of our annual profits, we aim for those organizations that have a positive impact on the structure of sustainability: Economics, the Environment, and Ethics.

It’s not easy to choose as there are so many incredible causes and organizations in the world. To narrow it down, we focused on those charities whose activities are really needed in our region and whose impact will have a positive effect for generations to come.

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Modern Species Celebrates Six Years

by Jennifer Stewart | Apr 17, 2015

We’re the type of people who will happily take any reason to celebrate. Last week we had a particularly good one. Not only did we launch our spiffy new website, but we also hit the six year mark on the life of Modern Species.

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Onward Radio - A Podcast on Socially Conscious Design

by Jennifer Stewart | Apr 2, 2015

Eric Benson of Re-Nourish apparently does not need to sleep because he has taken it upon himself to start a sustainable design podcast called Onward Radio. We were excited to hear the first couple of interviews he had, and doubly excited when he asked Gage to be one of his featured guests!


Bees, Honey, and the SeaTac Airport

by Gage Mitchell | Mar 2, 2015

There’s a lot of talk these days about how important bees are to our eco-system, but having honey bee hives at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport sounds crazy! Well, that’s exactly why The Common Acre put them there. Listen to this episode of Science Friday with Ira Flatow to find out why this seemingly odd combination is by design.

Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous.- Ralph Caplan