Sappi Announces Ideas That Matter Recipients

Every year, Sappi’s Ideas That Matter grant program supports designers who donate their talent toward a wide array of social causes, ranging from environmental, social and cultural issues.

According to a release from Sappi: “The selected proposals were determined by an independent judging panel of leaders from the design profession. This year’s judges, all widely recognized for their forward-thinking commitment to design for social good, included Allan Chochinov of, New York, N.Y.; Oliver Munday of Oliver Munday {group}, New York, N.Y.; Dawn Hancock, Firebelly Design, Chicago, Ill.; Petrula Vrontikis, Art Center College, Pasadena, Calif; and Kit Hinrichs, Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco, Calif.”

Meet this year’s recipients:

Brad Bartlett, Brad Bartlett Design; Glendale, CA
Project Title: Art + Environment Conference Field Guide — a robust booklet to serve as a guide for the program
Benefit of Grant: Nevada Museum of Art — presenting diverse creative perspectives by showcasing an inspired range of regional, national and international artists.

Clifton Burt, Office of Clifton Burt; Portland, OR
Project Title: Rural Studio Identity Campaign — helping Rural Studio deliver its message through a website, brochure, newsletter, and poster
Benefit of Grant: Auburn University Foundation /Rural Studio — giving Hale County architectural students a more hands on experience

Craig Frazier, Craig Frazier Design; Mill Valley, CA
Project Title: The Oxbow School Story — sharing the founding message and mission of the school through video and print
Benefit of Grant:
The Oxbow School — combining visual arts with academics to help students embrace the responsibility for their own learning and lives

Christine Gaspar, The Center for Urban Pedagogy; Brooklyn, NY
Project Title:
Fracking and its Impacts — visual presentation to explain fracking and its impacts on public health
Benefit of Grant:
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability — grassroots conservation organization protecting Delaware River from deep-shale gas extraction

Doug Hebert, Savage Design; Houston, TX
Project Title:
GLSEN Houston Student and Educator Brochures — educational pieces to support educators and inform target audiences
Benefit of Grant: GLSEN Houston — assuring each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation

Michael Konetzka, Dennis/Konetzka Design Group; Chicago
Project Title: Life Pieces to Masterpieces, 15th Anniversary Catalog — prime vehicle to generate income for the organization
Benefit of Grant:
Life Pieces to Masterpieces — engages African American boys and young men to discover inner creative abilities

Denise Korn, Korn Design; Boston
Project Title:
Youth Design’s Communication + Marketing Toolkit for the Next Generation of Youth Designers — updating printed external communications and support for Time for Design competition
Benefit of Grant:
Youth Design — summer mentorship program placing urban youth into paid summer internships with design firms

Lillian Lee, Recent MFA Graduate SVA; New York City
Project Title:
The Grand Assembly — documenting the lives of older creatives through video profile pieces, an exhibition and catalogue
Benefit of Grant:
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging — promoting the well-being of seniors through a continuum of services

Shannon Losorelli, Parallel Play; Pasadena, CA
Project Title: Young Author’s Book Project — a book that will showcase the writings of more than 50 LA area public school students
Benefit of Grant:
826LA — helping students ages 6-18 with their expository and creative writing skills

Whalen Louis, IZM Design; Park City, UT
Project Title: DesignBuildBLUFF Brochure 2011/12 — a calling card where powerful design will bring words and images together
Benefit of Grant: DesignBuildBLUFF — building environmentally sustainable homes in the Navajo Nation

Marc Moscato, The Dill Pickle Club; Portland, OR
Project Title: City Works Poster Series — information design and graphics presented in an engaging way to help make complex policy issues easier to understand and to act upon
Benefit of Grant: The Dill Pickle Club — broadening knowledge of Portland’s past, present and future through tours, programs, and publications

Silas Munro, Housing Works; New York City
Project Title: The Key — a broadsheet of informational photographs, client stories and diagrams
Benefit of Grant: Housing Works — healing community for those living and affected by HIV/AIDS

De Nichols, COMMON Hoops; Greensboro, AL
Project Title: COMMON Hoops and Playbook —  informational materials supporting the organization’s mission to engage minority youth through job creation, skills teaching and recreational activities
Benefit of Grant: HERO — catalyzing community development in the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty

Emily Pilloton, Project H Design; Windsor, NC
Project Title: Studio H — information design and graphics to support and expand “Super Stands,” small farm stands that double as school bus stops
Benefit of Grant: Project H Design — humanitarian nonprofit uses design-build practices to create communities and public education from within

Min Lew, Anna Simutis, Yoon Seok Yoo, BASE and Steve Rogenstein; New York City
Project Title: Greene Hill Food Co-op —  series of printed materials to brand the store and increase awareness in the community
Benefit of Grant: Greene Hill Food Co-op — bringing fresh and nutritious food to areas of Brooklyn that don’t usually have it

Jennifer Rose & Sylvia Harris, Citizen Research & Design; Brooklyn, NY
Project Title: Follow Doctor’s Orders Campaign — publish and distribute conference presentation to reach a broader community
Benefit of Grant: Literacy Assistance Center — helping adults and families become more confident, productive, and active members of their community through higher literacy

Andrew Shea; New York City
Project Title: The Most Common Rare Disorder That Nobody Knows About — informational materials to both create awareness of NF and encourage funding and research
Benefit of Grant: Children’s Tumor Foundation — funding research for NF, rarest common disorder no one knows about

Benjamin K. Shown; Seattle, WA
Project Title: The HELLO Poster Show — silkscreened posters from international designers to be sold to generate funds for Youth in Focus
Benefit of Grant: Youth in Focus — empowering urban youth through photography

Jonathan Silberman, Fearless Future; Washington D.C.
Project Title: scholarCHIPS — informational materials to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities
Benefit of Grant: scholarCHIPS — raising funds for children of incarcerated parents

Melissa Tioleco-Cheng & Robert J. Williams, Rise-and-Shine Studio; San Francisco
Project Title: Special Delivery — a board book that illustrates Missing GRACE’s mission
Benefit of Grant: Missing GRACE Foundation — aids in the bereavement process after a baby’s death

Naomi Usher, Studio Usher; New York City
Project Title: All Systems GO: Launching the GO Middle School Project — a range of materials to raise awareness by revealing the humanity and diversity of the students
Benefit of Grant: GO Project — shaping the future of low-income NYC public school students who are performing below grade level

Michael Weikert, MICA’s Center for Design Practice; Baltimore
Project Title: Real Food Farm Mobile Market Initiative — a series of educational and outreach materials to support the program and the mobile market truck
Benefit of Grant: Civic Works — building a future for Baltimore’s youth through community service and skills development