Bradlee is the newest member of the Modern Species family and our first ever intern. He is an illustrious young designer who is pursuing a Design BFA from Western Washington University. Bradlee approaches every project with a wide smile and positive energy that can be seen within his design solutions. When Bradlee isn’t clicking away at his work computer he can be found looking for Seattle’s best boba, binge-watching RuPaul’s Drag Race or just cackling loudly in a public space... and he keeps our office playlist fresh and hip and on the daily.
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.
You know your design makes a difference for a company's bottom line. But what if your design could make a positive impact on the world?
Designing for social impact isn’t about creating pretty artifacts for a good cause or about just selling cool stuff and giving a portion of the proceeds to charity. In its ideal form, designing for social impact is envisioning the impact you want to have for a community or individual, bringing stakeholders into the process, working toward sustainable solutions, measuring the difference you're making, and sharing your results so that positive impact can spread across the world.
We’re excited to announce that we’re launching a brand new workshop/learning series called Lunch & Learn! Join us at once a month at these Lunch & Learn sessions as we bring in speakers to lead us through various topics ranging from Design Thinking, Service Design, Designing for an Experience Economy and more. Our goal is to provide a learning experience that will provide you with the tools to reshape your thinking.
Wowza we can't believe it's 2018 already!
How did it get here so fast?
Before we fully embrace this this brand new year (as one should), we wanted to take a little time to post up a recap of 2017 (because it was a kicker of a year!)
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 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.
It's hard to believe that it's been eight years since we launched this design studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Yet, when we look back on the company we launched in 2009 and compare it where we are now, it's almost hard to comprehend how we got here. In fact, it reminds me of the quote "most people overestimate what they can accomplish in one year, and underestimate what they can accomplish in ten". This has definitely be true for us, and I imagine for most of our clients as well. While we're super excited to see what Modern Species will look like when we hit that big ten year mark, for now we'd like to take a moment and reflect on some of the bigger changes we made during our eighth year in business.