Volvo Ocean Race Programme

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Volvo has a history of being socially and ethically conscious of their environmental impact and creating ways to mitigate their footprint on climate change. They've recently announced a new program that aims to help preserve our oceans. 

The Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme equips boats in this year’s race with a variety of sensors that will capture data from some of the remotest parts of the world’s oceans. This includes temperatures, barometric pressure, currents and wind speed, which will help contribute to more accurate weather forecasts and climate models used by scientists globally.
— Volvo

The car itself will help tackle the problem of marine pollution, as the carpet inlays are made from Econyl, a fabric made from 100% recycled nylon, including abandoned fishing nets reclaimed from the seabed. The V90 Cross Country Volvo Ocean Race was developed by Volvo designers and a group of engineers within the company’s Special Vehicles department, a purpose-built facility at Volvo Cars’ base in Torslanda, Sweden. The engineers at Special Vehicles specialize in developing bespoke models and are also responsible for Volvo Cars’ ultra-luxurious Excellence models as well as the police version of the V90 and V90 Cross Country.

Transcending Marketing

In 1976, Milton Glaser was a young designer in New York City. Having barely staved off bankruptcy the year before, New York was suffering from poor headlines and middle-class flight to the suburbs. Desperate to revamp it's tourism industry, the New York State Department of Commerce decided to institute a PR campaign. “I love New York” slogan had already been conceived and Glaser was tapped to draw the logo.

This he did—in a few seconds. On his way to a client meeting, Glaser was in the back of a taxi when he fished a red crayon out of his pocket and drew I ♥ NY on a used envelope. Later, he stacked the text on two lines and turned his creation loose. 

Told the campaign would only run for a few months, Glaser did his work pro bono and refused to copyright it. The thinking was that if the logo was free to everyone, it would become part of the city’s iconography.
— Roberta Klara | AdWeek

Four decades after I ♥ NY first appeared in 1977, the logo designed by Glaser (who didn’t copyright it) still benefits the state’s Economic Development Corporation and also embodies to spirit of the city.

Homed Project

Brilliant design project produced by Framlab, a creative agency with offices in Oslo and New York City, that aims to mitigate homelessness in densely populated areas by utilizing the framework that already exists in the city - scaffolding.

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Homed is a project that sets out to eradicate homelessness in New York City, by utilizing idle building facades, scaffolding, and 3D-printed spatial modules.
— Framlab
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Source: FramLab

St. Louis Ballet Sleeping Beauty Soirees

The St. Louis Ballet.

The St. Louis Ballet.

Fantastic evening at the St. Louis Ballet Spring Fundraiser event to see The Sleeping Beauty, complete with a cocktail reception, live auction and an amazing dinner.

Lavish costumes, spectacular pageantry, and the world’s most famous kiss! A classical masterpiece, Gen Horiuchi’s The Sleeping Beauty represents ballet’s golden age with its large cast of fanciful characters, grand pas de deux, spectacular action and powerful love story. A wonderful ballet for children and adults alike.
— St. Louis Ballet
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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Lovely evening in support of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocating for lifesaving treatments and pioneering the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it's all happening now. Not someday, but today.

Chris Frank and Megan Frank attending the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser.

Chris Frank and Megan Frank attending the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser.

Join in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funding of blood cancer therapies by making a donation.