Modern Species turned 7-years old last month, and we had one heck of a year. For example, we brought on a new team member who subsequently delivered us our first grand species. We started working with one of our favorite brands, Alter Eco, and helped them win a Nexty Award at Expo West. And the list goes on... in fact, there are too many fun things to mention so instead we thought we’d share a list of our seven big goals for the future. So here they are, in no particular order.
We always knew Carla was a talented designer, but her latest creation might just be the finest she’s ever made. Introducing Hendrix Parker Britt: design baby.
Every year at the Natural Product’s Expo West, a group of people review and evaluate all the new products at the show in order to curate a list of what they deem the most exciting innovations of the year. For the last three or four years we’ve had the privilege of working on projects that made this coveted Nexty finalist list, which is always an honor, but this year we’re super excited to announce that one of our projects won the Best New Packaging Award!
As our company name and icon suggests, we like to dream up hybrid animals that evolve more rapidly to meet the demands of their changing environements. It's therefore quite fitting that our newest team member, Carla, is a bit of a hybrid as well. Originally from Australia, she migrated to the States with her American hubby, first to the East Coast, and recently, out here to the West where we scooped her up. In addition to her mutli-nationality, she's also a mixed breed of equal parts designer, event planner, productivity obsessive, and bringer of joy. So she'll fit in quite nicely here.
To properly introduce her to you, the World, we've asked a few questions that we're sure you're dying to ask. If we missed something, please feel free to use our social media and ask her a question of your own. And now, without further adu, World, meet Carla.
This was quite the year for the Modern Species team. Before we head into 2016, we took the opportuntiy to reflect on all of the changes and accomplishments that 2015 brought us. Here's hoping 2016 is even better!
We recently had the pleasure of joining Jp Avila and Chad P. Hall in their studio to record an episode of "This Is Design School", a podcast for students wanting to learn more about the design profession. In the interview we talk about our path into running a sustainable design studio, what that means to us, and we leave with some sage advice for students. Before I spoil it any more, go ahead and have a listen below (after the jump). To read the fully transcribed interview, or to listen to other great interviews, click here.
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...
This July I had the pleasure of joining Diane Gibbs on The Design Recharge Show to discuss my recent string of talks called "Recipes for a One-Pot Life: blending your passions and work into a more fulfilling career". We talked about how I got into the design field, how I ended up working my passions, and how you – yes you – can do the same thing, too! Check out the full video of my interview after the jump, and hop on over to Design Recharge to see more awesome shows in the archive (including one with Von Glitschka).