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With a Sustainability Consultant specializing in Graphic Design in your corner, sustainable design principals and practices are brought to the table. Making sense of the many rating systems, material / manufacturing claims, printing processes, and environmental impacts is simplified. Strategies demonstrating environmental accountability are developed for specific environmental graphic design and print design projects. NEWS!
FOLLOW Green Events and Developments.
The SEGD Sustainable Design Forum on best materials and methods for Environmental Graphic Design. FIND Best EGD practices.
Favorite materials such as FSC-certified paper-based composite material Richlite (shown above) can be sourced through the very knowledgeable distibuter Eco Supply on the East Coast. SOURCE Green Building Materials.
A recent tour of Ice Stone's recycled glass and cement factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was impressive. This company's known for it's triple bottom line commitment; social, environmental, and financial returns. SEE How it's made.
Ecolect sustainable material library. Look for nutrition labels breaking down each material's sustainable properties.
GO The Library.
Seriously in-depth analysis of environmental impacts.
EXAMPLE The deadly effects of PVC vinyl.
WorldChanging, the book. Visionary, solution based journalism on sustainability lead by Alex Steffen.
SEARCH Archived article: best and worst plastics, from bioplastics to PVC.
Materia's Material Search Engine. Look for their "Renewable" rating, and "Other naturals" filter, mixed in with criteria such as UV resistance, scratch resistance, etc.
Deceptive Greenwashing Alert: Buried in landfills, biodegradable materials do not have the oxygen required to biodegrade. The FTC has testified "about efforts to ensure Truthfullmess of Environmental Marketing claims."
"Burn Calories, Not Electricity, Take the Stairs!" Good advice indeed!
William McDonough and Michael Braungart's manifesto: Transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design.
Paperstone: 100% post consumer paper. Non-toxic adhesive/binder made of non-petroleum based phenols, formaldehyde free.
A green print house using soy and vegetable inks, certified and recycled papers, and a chemical free production process.
Water based inks printed on Ecophab fabric made from 100% recycled soda bottles.
The UK's Computer Arts magazine got in touch about an interview on sustainable design work practices and projects. The resulting article appears in the current issue; "The Ultimate Design Brief / Why sustainable design should be a rewarding challenge not a chore."
As a contributing writer for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's magazine "eg", the story behind San Francisco's sleek and sustainable new international airport terminal was covered. Shown above: Artist Walter Kitundes's wooden bench can be played like an instrument to mimic the sound of Bay Area birds - instilling an appreciation of area wildlife.
Speaking on the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's webinar panel on sustainability as a process for focusing on its true value—doing more with less, and using less more efficiently, I shared some of the strategies I've developed for design teams interested in paring down; saving material and cost. "Toxic Sandwich" is a diagram (shown above) I developed to illustrate how material layers can be less toxic and less in number.
Very excited to be invited to the Material ConneXion library in NYC as a material juror. We judged new materials based on innovative design criteria including sustainable innovation, naturally!
Joining the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's webinar panel to discuss the overall impacts of economy and sustainable choices with respect to materials, contextual ecology, and planning, I had a chance to share "The Green Project" initiative launched for the Exhibit and Graphic Arts Department at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Shown above is a peek at the green Material Petting Zoo and material labels I'd introduced to the office.
Summer 2012. Honored to be invited to be a paper proposal reviewer for GLIDE’12 Global Interaction in Design Conference on 11.7.12. The topic: Research and critical thinking on international issues surrounding food, nutrition, and health.
Spring 2012. As a Brooklyn Bridge guide and Sustainaility Roundtable lead for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design 2012 conference, green thinking past, present and future are examined. Roundtable discussion topic: Strategies - What's Working and What's Next?
Success stories and tactics for taking sustainable design to the next level. Join the conversation informed by a designer and fabricator's perspectives on tackling challenges, viable solutions that truly lessen environmental impacts, and insight into where sustainable thinking is heading.
Fall 2011. Joining forces with like-minded sustainability professionals, Green Ant Advisors has been established to
enhance business performance and enable transformational change in companies seeking competitive advantage in sustainability and responsibility. We reveal hidden connections and opportunities that allow you to grow revenues and profits in an increasingly complex and resource constrained world.
Summer 2011. Honored to be selected as a judge for AIGA's (Re) Design Awards 2011.
On October 27, 2011 AIGA hosts (Re)xtravaganza!, a blowout celebration acknowledging the international AIGA (Re)designAward winners for the best design thinking in sustainable and socially responsible design.
Spring 2011. As a contributing writer for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's journal "segdDESIGN", the story of Gensler's environmentally preferable design of the new Wenger (makers of the Swiss Army Knife) flagship store in Boulder, CO was covered. The Wildlife Conservation Society's North America Program addresses the climate change and forest fire suppression story behind Gensler's use of "beetle kill" pine.
Winter 2010. The Wall Street Journal reports on the City of New York's approval of the “Ocean Wonders: Shark” exhibit design for the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. Working with the Exhibit and Graphic Arts Department at the Wildlife Conservation Society, the exhibit will enage visitors in ways they can play a role in ocean conservation.
Spring 2010. As Guest Editor of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's special "segdDESIGN" journal issue devoted to sustainable design, topics ranging from Life Cycle Assessent and green rating systems, to design's connection to the world's fragile ecosystems are covered.
Spring 2010. Working with The Society for Environmental Graphic Design's Sustainability Forum, an online Green Resource Guide has set into motion an ambitious, new, open discussion on leading strategies for a transparent, innovative design process.
Winter 2010. An interpretive exhibit on the Wildlife Conservation Society's rescue of nearly extinct Tanzanian Kihansi Spray Toads now resides in the Reptile House at the Bronx Zoo.
Winter 2010. As a guest writer for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's journal "segdDESIGN", Envision Design and Shaw Jelveh's Environmental Graphic Design solution for the USGBC's new office space in Washington, DC was covered. Topics of note: Biofilia, an interactive building "performance dashboard", and sustainable transparency (or lack of).
Fall 2009. Combining a love of design and nature, days will be spent as part of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Exhibition and Graphic Arts Department located in the WCS's LEED Gold Center for Global Conservation by FXFOWLE in the Bronx Zoo. Working amongst the zoo's Wildlife Ambassadors such as Lemurs, Red Pandas, Tigers, and a new favorite - the very charming Jay Thrushes, the focus is connecting people to wild nature.
Summer 2009. The Society for Environmental Graphic Design honored Green Committee members Naomi Pearson, Thomas Horton, Harry Spetnagel, and Gary Anzalone with a Distinguished Member Award designed by Massimo Vignelli for demonstrating outstanding volunteer efforts while fostering growth and excellence in SEGD programs.
Summer 2009. Downtown Brooklyn Map and neighborhood descriptions designed at Two Twelve Associates are an integral part of a sign program awarded an SEGD Merit Award. The sign program was developed for the Dumbo Improvement District in Brooklyn, New York.
Spring 2009. Going Green for Real / AIGA Breakfast Club.
"When it comes to sustainability, there’s a lot that you should be doing, but what can you really be doing? We’ll explore this question in a conversation led by sustainability expert Naomi Pearson. Our goal this morning will be to provide practical information and strategies for bringing your practice in line with principles of sustainability."
Winter/Spring 2009. Design Evolution is a radio show recorded on Voice America's Green Talk Network. There is an opportunity for design to evolve for a sustainable future. We're talking about why and how.
Winter 2009. Greenjeans, the webshop dedicated to craftsmanship, sustainability, and conscientious living commissioned illustrations for the Searchlight Artists Exhibition designed for the American Craft Show in Baltimore.
Fall 2008. triplepundit.com recognized Naomi Pearson's NetImpact Green Challenge submission for
leadership in Green Graphic Design.
Summer 2008. The wayfinding signage program for Northern Arizona University is featured in the recently published book, "SustainAble: A Handbook of Materials and Applications for Graphic Designers and Their Clients" by Aaris Sherin.
Spring 2008. Ms. Pearson is working with Nancy Turkle Design on a sustainable, traveling exhibit about recycling paper for the Massachusetts Recycling Facility.
Winter 2008. GRAPHIC DESIGN USA featured the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's Green Paper release in their "Thinking Green" column.
Fall 2007. The Society for Environmental Graphic Design distributes the SEGD Green Paper to all organization members. As a member of the SEGD Green Committee, Naomi Pearson developed a green audit which was adapted for inclusion in the Green Paper.
Spring 2007. As the Manager of Sustainable Design at Two Twelve Associates, Naomi Pearson discussed sustainable strategies at the Society for Environmental Graphic Design's annual conference.