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).
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.
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.
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!
Awesome news! We recently found out that we won two American Package Design awards for our work evolving the Yumbutter brand. The first is for the new Yumbutter GO pouches that bring organic super foods to the active and convenience foods market. The second is for the Yumbutter 16 ounce jars that have super food flavors, but also rock super delicious concoctions like Cranberry and Coconut, Spicy Thai, and even a limited release of Espresso Dark Chocolate Vanilla. So Yum it’s not even funny!
We here at Modern Species are entering into hibernation mode and shutting down the office until January 2nd of 2015. We thank all of clients, colleagues, and friends for a truly inspiring 2014 and are eagerly anticipating all of the fun projects lined up for 2015. From all of us here at Modern Species, we wish you a very happy holiday season.
– Jen, Gage, and Kellie
There’s some new talent in the office these days and we thought you might like to meet her. World, this is Kellie Komorita. She’s smart, quick to laugh, has amazing design taste, and dresses better than Gage. She also has a name that reminds us of that lyric in the song Harlem Shake, and thus we have deemed her Harlem. I sent Harlem a list of questions that I know you wanted to ask her and below are her insightful and deep answers. Enjoy!