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Designing Backwards: Brainstorming for Global Impact

by Bradlee Thielen | Sep 7, 2018

As a bright-eyed and bushy ‘stached intern I was given the task to familiarize myself with sustainable graphic design. In order to do this I read Brian Dougherty’s Green Graphic Design

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Organic Food is Normal Food

by Gage Mitchell | Jun 5, 2017

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.

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Survive 2017

by Kellie Komorita | Jan 20, 2017

As we head into the adventure that is 2017, the Modern Species team has collected 12 essential things to keep us sane through the current political and cultural rumpus. We thought these things were worth sharing—for a chuckle and for inspiration. Check out the Guide to explore which ones you want to add to your own survival tool kit for the coming year.

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#Solidarity

by Kellie Komorita | Nov 16, 2016

It certainly has been one hell of a post-election week. Like half of the country, we’re still processing what a Trump presidency will look like and how that might impact us on a personal and business level and we would just like to voice solidarity with all of our clients, friends, and peers.

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Protect the Planet, Save Ourselves: Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue

by Kellie Komorita | May 26, 2016

It’s frequently been said that,

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.”

I believe that to be true.

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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.

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Understanding the $200k Logo

by Jennifer Stewart | Sep 16, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard this story before. In 1986, designer Paul Rand was paid $100,000 ($217,000 adjusted for 2014 inflation) by Steve Jobs to design the NeXT Computers logo. Jobs was given no concepts, no rounds of revision, no options. The deal was, Rand would design the logo, Jobs would pay, and if he didn’t like it, he didn’t have to use it.

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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.

One’s real life is so often the life
that one does not lead.- Oscar Wilde