Communications strategy + design for print, web and community projects

Hello, Climate Solutions!

I’ve accepted the position of Digital Communications Manager with Climate Solutions–a kickass climate and energy policy nonprofit based with offices in Seattle, Olympia and Portland. The organization has a great reputation for practical activism in the Northwest, with a theory of change that relies on (1) strong, progressive public policy on carbon emissions and investment in clean energy, (2) practical, real-world examples of long-term sustainable business practices and energy production, and (3) growing a diverse, committed grassroots movement pushing for climate action, and making deep connections between environmental issues and social justice.

I’ll be working with a great team, managing Climate Solutions’ website and social media channels. Watch for us online!

Video clips send the people’s message

When the state legislature is in session, many organizations are doing their best to capture the limited attention of legislators and their staff, often coming to the Capitol in person, and in numbers, to bring important messages. It can be hard to feel like you’re getting through, with state government’s busy schedules and many distractions. On top of that, the Capitol press corps is a shadow of its former self–and much of the news coverage and analysis of state politics is created from a distance.

One good way to help amplify or reinforce a message to lawmakers, or help promote news coverage of creative demonstrations or a delegation visit to the Capitol, is through online video. Shot with personal equipment and lightly edited to tell a brief story, a web video can be emailed to lawmakers, staffers, journalists or constituents to help them get the message you want to deliver.

Lumps of coal for greedy CEOS

santaFather Solstice and his elves prepared for Christmas in Seattle this year by delivering lumps of coal to a few greedy CEOs who are demanding tax cuts for themselves, but austerity measures for the poor. Bah humbug! Santa’s memo to the elves was my last design chore of 2012, and a fun way to end the year.

Celebrating International Human Rights Day

airportworkers-dec12Sea-Tac Airport workers marked International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, as part of their ongoing campaign for good jobs at Seattle’s airport. The placards we designed for a rally involving both workers and community faith leaders took two approaches: First, the quiet yet forceful image of a lit candle. This striking image is a detail borrowed from a painting by Gerhard Richter. The second image of multicolored, raised hands echoes imagery used by the United Nations’ own Human Rights Day campaign, recreated to fit the specific concerns of Sea-Tac airport workers.

There’s no depth to this guy (photos)

romney Folks will argue about what ultimately cost Romney the presidential election, but I think it must have been in part due to the visuals at this demonstration in Bellevue. I produced the banners and stand-up Romney; Get Money Out of Politics brought their money sacks and corporation costume; and the Backbone Campaign brought the projections and the giant Bill of Rights. More photos here.

Pennies for Rob McKenna

penniesChallenge: grab attention for a rally calling out gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna’s position opposing a twelve-cent minimum raise increase. Our solution: twelve giant dancing pennies, featuring a metallicized version of the candidate’s face–along with some goofy wordplay branding him as the candidate of the one percent. In place of “E Pluribus Unum,” the latin motto on each coin translates “The one percent over all.”

ALEC Dumped!

dump-ALECI created this graphic as part of Working Washington’s campaign to push to end their support for the conservative lobbying group ALEC. We won–at their 2012 shareholder meeting, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos–visibly rattled by protests taking place both inside and outside the meeting–announced that the company would no longer support ALEC. More images from our Amazon campaign below…

Taking it to the streets

billboardWorking Washington’s campaign for good jobs at Sea-Tac Airport made a major push for public visibility in spring 2012. We wanted to highlight the fact that low-paid airport employees are struggling at the bottom end of an unjust airport economy–and hold airport employers like Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle accountable for treating them fairly.

The campaign’s biggest public face, in square feet anyway, was this billboard, positioned at an intersection where airport workers would see it on the way to work, but also where Alaska Airlines shareholders would see it arriving to their annual shareholder meeting.