At Sonja Meyer – Sustainable Graphic Design Studio we have a business policy/philosophy on spending 10% of time or funds giving back to communities in need.
So far this year we have worked on logo design and branding for two organisations. The first was a new social connection platform for people with disabilities – ‘SociAbility’ – and the second was E.C.H.O CAMBODIA which stands for: Educational Conservational Housing Opportunities.
My personal area of study was International Community Development, so naturally I feel passionate about encouraging and inspiring others to continue to give back to the community where possible.
Working in a sustainable graphic design studio, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about this important question that most designers ask themselves at some time or another.
I receive emails regularly from design students and clients asking me about what it means to be a ‘sustainable graphic designer’. A lot of people ask me about the kinds of practices I’ve put in place that allow me to claim this title. So I thought I’d put together a post to help explain how […]
How to take your presentation design to the next level with good design. In recent years, I’ve had an increasing number of requests to do corporate presentation design and design pitch decks for startups and organisations seeking seed funding. The work requests come in various forms, including: Updating existing PowerPoint decks (basically, make them look […]
There are plenty of laptop/notebook stands on the market, so it can be difficult to determine which one to buy. I wanted to share my recommendation with you in order to (hopefully) make your decision easier. THE BRIEF I was recently in need of a laptop stand that I could take with me on my travels. In […]
Different designers may have a slightly different approach to the creative process, because what works for them may not work as well for someone else. I have put together a numbered list to outline the general process I like to employ for new design projects. This provides transparency and comfort for new clients as they […]
The other day I was sitting in a shuttle bus in Bali, gazing out the window as we stopped at a set of traffic lights. I noticed a series of bronze statues on the median strip, each of which resembled some kind of Hindu god posing in various positions and pulling faces for passersby. The […]
1. What made you decide to try at illustration for a living? When I left high school I knew that I wanted to make a living in art or design. I didn’t know exactly which area to go into, in fact I didn’t even know about ‘illustration’ as a profession. I completed a design fundamentals […]
At the time of writing this I’m sitting on a plane, two empty seats next to me, a magnificent blanket of white outside my window. I’m sipping on a tasteless complimentary instant Nescafe, but I can hardly complain about that. I’m on my way to the Sunshine Coast to spend Australia Day weekend lazing on […]
Orignially Posted 5/2/2013 on the Tridant blog. In reading the book Do Good Design a few years ago I was struck by David B. Berman’s perception of the role of design in our world. He discusses the design of a ballot paper used for voting in Palm Beach County, USA for the November 2000 US presidential […]