Are you a designer (in any industry) taking on climate action? You are not alone. We'll introduce you to other climate designers doing amazing work that confronts our changing climate. You'll hear firsthand how designers consider sustainability, climate science, product life cycles, regenerative design, and environmentally friendly options in their work. You can learn more and join us at climatedesigners.org Brought to you by Sarah Harrison and Marc O’Brien of The Determined.
Leadership in Design & Climate with Shana Dressler and Brian Quinn
Designers may have incredibly innovative eco-friendly ideas, but how do we actually get these ideas into production? How do you convince a client or an employer to choose a more sustainable option that might cost more? Why do design-led companies boost stock performance by 211% over standard S&P 500 companies?
These are a few of the topics covered in this 39 minute interview with Creative Leadership specialists Shana Dressler and Brian Quinn. Shana & Brian have been working together to bring leadership skills to creative professionals, and we were happy to sit down with them and a live audience of our community members to chat about the skills necessary to lead clients & teams towards positive change.
To stay in the loop on the leadership skills training sessions we may offer in the future, sign up at ClimateDesigners.org/Leadership
Using Illustration to Ignite Activism with Kika MacFarlane
In this episode, Marc and Sarah sit down and have a delightful chat with illustrator and outdoor enthusiast Kika MacFarlane.
Kika makes lovely illustrations, often about oceans, forests, and mountains. She recently had her eyes opened to the potential of art as activism when one of her illustrations went viral on social media.
Since then she’s been collaborating with intersectional environmentalist founder Leah Thomas, among others, and her art has taken on a more activist tone, with messages like “Sustainability is an act of justice” and during the latest election season “Vote for oceans,” “Vote for forests.”
Get cozy and listen in as we discuss what goes through an artist’s mind when creating illustrations she hopes will ignite activism.
Episode notes & full transcript at http://climatedesigners.org/podcast/108
Great Brands, Smart Packaging Choices, with Rebecca & Lauren from Bartlett Brands
Bartlett Brands is a small studio in San Francisco who creates gorgeous brands, specializing in eco-friendly packaging design for indie cosmetics and personal care products. We sat down to chat with founder Rebecca Bartlett and Art Director Lauren Golik about their incredibly innovative strategies to make the most environmentally sustainable decisions for products and packaging without sacrificing aesthetics and that “wow” factor so desired in luxury personal care products.
Show notes at http://climatedesigners.org/podcast/107
On Green Graphic Design, with Jonny Black of Cast Iron Design
Jonny Black is a green graphic designer, one of the founders of Cast Iron Design, who specializes in branding, web design, packaging, and environmentally responsible print production.
In this interview we chat about how — and why — Jonny merged his passion for environmentalism with his expertise in graphic design, and what some of the unexpected perks and benefits have been since the two converged.
Follow along with Jonny’s exploration of sustainable design on the @CastIronDesign Instagram.
First Things First 2020 with Namita Dharia and Ben Gaydos
In this episode, recorded May 12, we sit down with the designers who collaborated on an updated version of the FirstThings First Manifesto, originally written by/for Graphic Designers in 1964.
While keeping the humor and vision of the original manifesto, First Things First 2020 was written with a sense of urgency due to our climate emergency, along with the expectation that this decade is pivotal for people to proactively unite around social- and environmental justice-based climate action.
Meet Namita Dharia, a socio-cultural anthropologist, PhD of Architecture, and the assistant professor of political economy at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies MA program.
Ben Gaydos is the co-founder of Good Good and the chair of the art & art history program at University of Michigan Flint.
Listen to learn more about the work Ben and Namita are doing to bring relevant cross-disciplinary climate impact focused education to their design programs.
Rolling up our sleeves & digging in to carbon removal with Michael Leggett of Nori.com
Michael Leggett was a software designer working for big tech companies like Google and Facebook until the 2016 election spurred him to find a new career tackling the climate crisis. He joined forces with Seattle startup Nori to help build an online marketplace where customers pay farmers to draw CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in the soil.
In this episode we chat about what it was like to leave his steady tech job to pursue what he felt called to do, and how he views the role designers play in taking climate action. “There’s so many things designers do that are applicable,” Michael says. “We are storytellers. We are salesmen. These are valuable skills. This is a hard story to tell.” Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig in.
Show notes at http://climatedesigners.org/podcast/104