I love the fact that over the years we’ve gotten to know so many generous people who care about making a difference in the lives of others. If I was ever tempted to become completely self-involved, those people would inspire it right out of me. Today I thought I’d share a story about one of them, Malcolm Boyanton.
Malcolm is a friend and colleague based in Seattle who works for a software company, and I noticed recently that he’s been requesting old laptops. I thought I’d get in touch with him to see what was afoot.
Well it turns out that he’d been planning a trip to South America, and after hearing about the earthquake in Chile (and first-hands reports of dire need from his buddy Ariel Stamm who has been there for the past month) he’s decided to make the first part of his trip a philanthropic stop in that country. And he’s doing it by putting his geeky skills to use.
“There are a lot of schools and families without access to any computers. So, when I leave in a few weeks I want to stuff my bag full of supplies and laptops. I’ve got a couple that were donated and then I’ll likely buy a couple more off people I know or craigslist….All laptops will be given out to rural schools with little or no access to computers.”
Project Management System (PMS)
Online software makes our lives easier. Managing projects, contacts, documents, files, tasks, and milestones plus being able to share this information with a client so they can see progress and participate is invaluable.
Here in Paragonland, we might have as many 25 active projects, 5 projects in client limbo, 15 on the way, plus a massive archive we’d like to keep handy for reference. The plan to fit our needs is around $149/month. That’s still pretty affordable, but we’re always on the hunt for a $0 option if one exists.
So what’s a boy to do?
Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios have done it again. With 2 new follow ups to their popular movie, The Story of Stuff called The Story of Cap and Trade and, most recently, The Story of Bottled Water.
Spring is finally making an appearance, and at midday today the St. Pat’s Day committee kicked off their annual festivities with the greening of the fountain. Since the fountain is a 2 minute walk away, we had no excuse for not joining in the fun. Apparently a lot of other folks felt it was worth the trip to the park as well.
This is always a fun time of year in Savannah. I’m looking forward to the parade.
Thar she blows. OK so we didn’t get a shot of the exact moment, but use your imagination.
While checking out 2 books I’m interested in, Daniel Pink’s “Drive” and Shankar Vedantam’s “The Hidden Brain“, I noticed something. It seems their book designers both love using shadows. Nothing new I suppose, shadows are a familiar design device. It was just curious seeing it used by books right next to each other, especially since they’re both dealing with the inner workings of the human mind.
Sure this past Saturday morning was cold and windy, but that was not enough to slow down Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show which cruised into town for the day.
Vintage Airstream that housed the exhibit. Talk about shiny!
I had the pleasure of spending the day with the inspiring folks at the helm: Emily Pilloton, Founder and Executive Director of Project H, along with Matt Miller, Project Architect – two super smart people, who aren’t just talking about making the world a better place…they’re doing something about it.
Thanks to BFG and their Creative Seed Initiative, we had the opportunity to meet DJ Stout. Head of Pentagram/ Austin and long time idol (but then again who at Pentagram isn’t one of our idols?). While it was great listening to the thought process behind some of his iconic work the most useful aspect I thought came at the end when he answered a student’s question about what a new design graduate should do to distinguish themselves when interviewing in this compressed job market.
His response broke down to the following points:
Just caught this on Fora.tv. Great inspiration and insight from a pro. The audio’s kinda wonky so keep an eye on the volume, but it’s worth watching if only for his process boards and motion tests for 6 Feet Under, The Reaping, The Invasion, Rock n Rolla and Iron Man.
This past weekend was the Annual ADDY awards ceremony for AAF Savannah and it was one of the most interactive and fun ADDYs I’ve been to in a long time.
First of all, there was the controversial Center Piece design competition. Regardless of who won, we had a blast diving into this crazy challenge. Kudos to the committee or whoever’s silly idea this was. Giving creatives a visual challenge and motivating them with booze? Brilliant!
Of course it didn’t hurt that we got a few awards on top of it all. In addition to our own prizes we also semi-indirectly won other awards for projects we participated in through other companies. The tally follows:
SEDA Annual Report (bronze)
SEDA Thanksgiving Day Card (Gold)
Action Hero’s Guide to Saving Lives, Miced Media campaign (gold)
SCAD Fall YIP Video (gold)
SUAF TV spot (bronze)
Sort of Ours (But not quite)
filmfest.scad.edu (silver) The brilliant Philip built this one.
My Savannah Is Mixed media campaign (gold and Best of Show)
We did the motion graphics for the TV spots.