All Posts by Gage Mitchell
After many years of starting and stopping the certification process, we’re thrilled to announce that Modern Species is now a Certified B Corp! To understand how we feel, imagine compostable confetti bursting out of giant recyclable party poppers as we break into a happy dance choreographed to Party Rock Anthem. Yeah. It’s that awesome.
Oh, what a bittersweet year it's been for our graphic designer Carla and her husband Todd.
It all started with the birth of their second son, Grayson Alder Britt (our second grand species) and—spoiler alert—ends with her leaving Modern Species to move to Florida.
Join us for our next edition of Lunch & Learn to become vulnerable to the various ways identity has the potential to become a barrier to professional development. A privilege walk helps us discover invisible advantages and disadvantages and uses a facilitated empathy exercise to visualize with real human lives the deeper meaning behind diversity & inclusion initiatives. Personal awareness of these factors can build better working cultures and help produce more positively impactful design work.
Last month Modern Species turned 9 years old. In human years that means fourth grade. In business years we're somewhere between 39 and 58—because 50% of businesses die within 5 years, and 75% close within 10 years (According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). So as we sit here, one month into our 10th year, all I can feel is humble, yet somehow proud, and grateful to still be going strong.
Just when you thought we couldn't get any more productive or professional we found a way to one up ourselves. Boom! That's right. We've now officially installed the latest edition of design studio project coordination and it goes by the name Josh. With this upgrade we're now able to juggle 3X more schedules, 5X more complex deliverables, and we can do it while being 10% more efficient with your budget... okay, maybe this software joke has gone on too long.
We're incredibly honored to be featured alongside some of the most passionate and talented people we know in the 2017 Responsible Designers To Watch issue of GDUSA magazine. For this feature they interviewed our founder, Gage Mitchell, about the origins of our studio and our thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the sustainable and socially responsible design field. The interview is below for your reading pleasure. And many congrats to all who were featured! Let's keep pushing the industry, and the world forward!
We're super excited to announce that we've officially become a 1% For The Planet Member, which means we've now committed to donating 1% of our revenue to causes that support the environment. This roughly equates to double (or more) our former giving policy of donating 5% of our profit each year. So we're doubling down on our impact, in at least this one way.
For those of you who love food as much as I do, you've probably noticed that their are a lot of different labels for “healthy” food. There’s the vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo varieties; low-carb and diet; processed vs. fresh; local, non-GMO, and a million more.