Rule29 Creates One of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners and finalists based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start work on solving the problems that affect us all.
Rule29’s design for good event Wheels4Water is one of the projects that was picked from over 1,200 entries. “Fast Company has always insisted that being a force for good has to be a key element for any business,” says Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian. “These World Changing Idea award winners show how organizations around the world are embracing the ideals of creativity and innovation to create enormous impact.” Rule29 is thankful to be one of the inaugural world changing idea finalists! #WCIAwards
Season 3 of #DesignOfPodcast kicks off with a Ninja
The next season of the Rule29 podcast, DesignOf, kicks off in style with some serious #GirlPower! Justin and Wills hang out with Karen Sabo – a humble midwesterner with a unique hobby: she’s an American Ninja Warrior. We learn about how an ASU soccer star went from the field to the Ninja pit, and how she’s using her passion to inspire the next generation of Ninjas. Check out DesignOf on iTunes, SoundCloud, Sticher and GooglePlay.
Wheels4Water: A Gallery Story About the Power of Design
The Wheels4Water Gallery opening was a hit! If any of you find yourself out in Anderson, Indiana we highly recommend stopping by the campus at AU and checking out the Wheels4Water gallery show. It features a sampling of the work and messaging we have created to help raise awareness and combat the world water crisis. Additionally, the show highlights the thinking, design and impact we have been able to have in partnership with Lifewater and the amazing companies and individuals who have supported the efforts. Please check out the show and the Wheels4Water website to find out more, to spread the word, or to donate!
Season 2 of #DesignOfPodcast ends with the amazing Josh Higgins
We end season 2 of our podcast with the amazing Josh Higgins who got his start as a punk rock surfer from Southern California. Following a chance encounter with graphic design at a young age, Josh went on to design iconic posters for the 2008 Obama campaign, leading community design projects to raise funding for the Haiti earthquake and SoCal fires, and eventually became a Creative Director at Facebook. Justin and Wills traveled to Facebook HQ in Silicon Valley, to learn more about how Josh and his team are working to connect the world.
R29 Throws It Back for Christmas 2016
To say Christmas is a favorite holiday at Rule29 would be an understatement. Christmas is the ONLY holiday to us.
When it came time to create our annual Christmas card to round out 2016, we knew that we wanted to make it big and bold…like 1990’s big and bold.
Enter: The Rule29 Holiday Giftbook
Here we brought together a glorious set of products that will inspire smiles and joy during the holiday season. From practical gadgets to fashion-forward wearables, our goal was to make gift giving easy and enjoyable (and hilariously awesome). All of this was paired with a 1990’s JC Penny’s Christmas aesthetic and presented in the style of a cheap mail-order catalogue.
We hoped this tongue-in-cheek holiday card would bring much laughter and add to the hilarity and joy of the season. If you didn’t receive a copy in the mail, you can always download from r29holidaygiftbook.com
Design for Good Webcast Series
AIGA’s first Design for Good webcast, Design for social impact 101, took place on December 2, 2016. The Design for Good Webcast featured Mark Randall from Worldstudio, with a Q&A session with Gage Mitchell from Modern Species, our very own Justin Ahrens who also serves on the AIGA National Board, and Lennie Mowris from lenspeace.
The Design for Good webcast series is a resource of practical information and instruction through inspirational stories, offering opportunities for engaging dialogue, leadership development, and professional training. The guest speakers—AIGA members and beyond—are all active practitioners in social impact design, gender equity, creative placemaking, government innovation, racial justice, healthcare access, and more. While sharing their approaches to design practice, they will demonstrate how designers can develop solutions for complex societal issues.
The 9th Annual Hand Turkey Competition
Well folks, there’s been a bountiful hand turkey harvest this year. Take a look at a few of our winning fowl here, and head over to byashowofhands.com to see all of the submissions. Get ready, because 2017 will be the 10TH YEAR of the hand turkey competition! Huge thanks to everyone who participated!
Rule29 in #VegasBaby with AIGA Design Conference
Our Creative Director Justin Ahrens and CFO Sarah Ahrens presented in the practice management symposium at the national AIGA Design Conference in Las Vegas. The symposium was like a conference-within-a-conference featuring expert presentations that provided valuable insights and guidance for independent designers as well as design managers in large firms. They joined a long list of the best and the brightest creatives from around the world talking about inspiration, business and impact to just name a few. For more on AIGA
2016 AIGA Orange County Design Awards
Our creative director, Justin Ahrens, had the privilege to judge the AIGA Orange County Design Awards with other wonderful designers Von Glitshka, Kim Baer, Stefan Mumaw, and Jim Krause. This show recognizes designers, students, companies and organizations that use their creative influence to create a positive impact for the profession in work that appears in Orange County or was made in Orange County.Posted December 2, 2016
#SXSL 2016 – A Trip to the White House
In 2016, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest® for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges. On Monday, October 3, we were selected from over 20,000 entrants to take part of this inaugural event that celebrated that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. At SXSL, we explored the inspiring work that so many Americans have already accomplished, shared the work Rule29 has done to try to make the world a better place and watched as the President called on everyone to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. See some pictures from the event here!