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This Is Design School Interview

by Gage Mitchell | Nov 30, 2015

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.

Advice

The Design Recharge Show Interview

by Gage Mitchell | Jul 23, 2015

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).

Opinions

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.

Studio News

Two Package Design Awards: GDUSA

by Gage Mitchell | Feb 10, 2015

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!

Advice

Don’t Get Distracted By Beauty — Think Brand

by Gage Mitchell | Jan 28, 2015

The tricky thing about the design process is that there are so many different forms beauty can take. For example, one hundred different designers could come up with one hundred equally beautiful, but quite different solutions to a brief. Some of them might achieve the business goals. Some of them might be on brand. Some of them might even save you money. So how do you avoid getting caught in the tractor beams of all this beauty in order to find the solution that really works? You put on your branding cap, that’s how.

Sustainability

Happy Terra Madre Day!

by Gage Mitchell | Dec 9, 2014

In case it’s hard to tell, we at Modern Species love good food. Especially when it celebrates unique cultures, food diversity, sustainable farming, and slowing a down a bit to enjoy a meal with family and friends. So when we found out about Slow Food’s Terra Madre Day, we couldn’t help but get a little giddy. Here’s what you need to know.

Advice

Be Curious

by Gage Mitchell | Feb 19, 2014

We frequently get asked for advice because of our unique niche in sustainable design, and being quite interested in the subject we naturally dive head first into an on-the-spot, crash course in designing for sustainability. That can be a bit overwhelming for some, especially if this is your first introduction to the topic. So the next time somebody asks me for a sustainable design tip, I want to try something different. Here’s how I imagine it going.

Design

Package & Sustainable Design Awards: GDUSA

by Gage Mitchell | Feb 3, 2014

We’re happy to announce that we took home two honors in the 2014 GDUSA Package Design Awards. Our packaging for Makes 3 was awarded in the Health and Beauty sector, and our Half-Box design for Qet was chosen for Sustainability. Many thanks to GDUSA, and to our clients for helping us do great work! Read on for photos and descriptions.

Principles have no real force
except when one is well fed.- Mark Twain