A little fun after a busy week: InVision asked me and a group of other great designers and programmers what is in our work bags.
We've been fortunate to get some great press on the launch of Mymo. But there's still something about print, and it's extra special when the coverage comes from a publication you love to read anyway. So, we were thrilled to be included in issue No. 8 of Offscreen magazine. Offscreen is a beautiful, independent mag that tells the stories of the people behind online businesses.
We've had a great first month since launching Mymo in November. We only had a couple weeks to take orders to make shipment for Christmas, and we ended up way over our expectations. And - without much of an advertising budget - we have the kind words of our peers and the press to thank.
We were honored to be asked by Catalyst magazine to tell the story behind the 7 Billion Actions campaign that we created with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Published by Pratt, Catalyst (formerly Catalyst Strategic Design Review) strives to "stimulate thinking and encourage conversation about the role of strategic design in defining and developing creative economies and thriving cultures for an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future". We co-wrote the article, which appears in the Designing Peace Issue, to tell the story of the thinking, strategy and tactics behind 7 Billion Actions.
UVC had a great year in 2011, working with clients we love to create design and branding for meaningful campaigns, products, and companies. One of our favorite projects was the UN's 7 Billion Actions campaign, which encouraged people to take action to help the other 6,999,999,999 people on Earth. So, we were thrilled to see the banner we created for the campaign appear in Google's Zeitgeist 2011 Year In Review video. With over 7 million views on YouTube (not to mention over 300,000 people who have seen the banner in person in front of the UN headquarters in NY), it might just be our most-seen project to date. Check out the video to see our work (at the 0:10 mark) and the other events and campaigns that changed the world in 2011.
I was Googling myself recently. While I failed to find a copywriter looking for work, what I did uncover is even better. Apparently our work was included in the 2005 Graphis Design Annual book (anyone have a copy?). It's always nice to find prestigious international awards that you didn't even know you had won!
Our business cards were featured in the article "A business card is not just a paper rectangle anymore." (A statement we completely agree with.)