!nsp!re – BY DESIGN DAY

Today, Wednesday, April 24th, marks BY DESIGN DAY, an annual fundraising day for Behind The Scenes (in the U.S.) and Light Relief (in the U.K.).

These two organizations are dedicated solely to assisting entertainment technology professionals in need. Fundraising can be through a personal donation or through an organized collection. Many designers choose to support the cause by giving a days royalties or pay to one or both of these charities. BY DESIGN DAY is supported internationally with donations from designers with productions all over the world. To date, Light Relief has awarded more than 50,000 pounds in grants to help lighting professionals and their families, while Behind The Scenes has issued over $325,000 in grants to professionals working in all disciplines.

You can read more here.

If you’d like to give, you can make a donation, however small, here.

Every amount helps production professionals in need.



Go. Do. – 10 Ways To Thrive As A Creative Artist

Every now and then I find a site on the web that I enjoy enough to bookmark and come back to repeatedly. Design Taxi is one of those sites. This post is from back in December 2012, but I’ve come back to it a couple of times already. Sometimes, the simplest reminders about being creative, or how to maintain your creative output, get lost in the daily grind. You’ll notice that each one of the ten tips in this article start with the word, “connect”.

That’s one of my favorite words. To me – life, the universe, and everything is about connection. Connecting to your goals, your passion, your commitment, your friends, your partner, your family…your life.

Enjoy this article, written by Linda Dessau on Design taxi.