News & Events
Read about the latest news, upcoming events and our clients in the community.
Karen is honored to accept the freelance position of lead magazine designer for Hand Papermaking, a collectable and globally-acclaimed journal. Two issues of the magazine have been published every year since 1986, resulting in a unique repository of information and inspiration on the art and craft of hand papermaking. Each issue features articles on a variety of topics within the field, including: contemporary artistic approaches, craft techniques, historical topics and reference, international development, and educational initiatives. Articles are written by experts in the field, many of them practitioners, and each magazine includes unique samples of handmade paper.
The Twin Cities Flower Exchange is a wholesale market for local, sustainable cut flowers and flora. As one of the first local, chemical-free wholesale markets in the U.S., TCFE is paving the way for change and playing a role in a nation-wide floral revolution. Read more at www.foxglovemarket.com/wholesale/
Psychiatrist and integrative physician, David Kopacz, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow), create a healing path that leads home for our veterans suffering trauma and PTSD. Their book uses the circular pathway of the medicine wheel to re-train the nervous system and re-acculturate veterans back into the peace of civilian culture. Design for the Arts created several film shorts with Joseph and David in Durango, Colorado to help promote the book. Read more at www.DavidKopacz.com
For those who care about sustainability as well as the sustainability of their own financial future, Etho Capital has just the ETF. In their recent launch on the New York Stock Exchange, Etho positioned themselves as the world’s first diversified, socially responsible and fossil-free, exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on a climate leadership index. Design for the Arts partnered with Etho to creative direct, style and produce their website, and led on brand development, color palette, logo refinment, design and brand guideline creation.
Read more at The Energy Fix and CNN Money.
Foxglove Market & Studio is a gathering place for workshops, a marketplace for flowers & flora, and a home goods store on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. We worked together to strengthen brand, messaging and design for Christine Hoffman's unique offering — local, seasonal, chemical-free flowers & flora. Her custom arrangements and bouquets are a product of Christine's passion to lessen flower industry impact, and create excitement around seasonal style as a conscious consumer choice.
Design for the Arts client Kopplin's began paying employees not just a living wage, but a livable wage as of January 1, 2015. To further support their staff and recognize them as an integral part of their community, the practice of tipping has been eliminated at the café. Our collaboration to develop their brand's philosophy emphasizes Kopplin's as a hub that connects growers, makers and community, and is reflected throughout marketing materials, including a new look for the menu, website, in-café signs, email newsletter campaign and social media.
Author and doctor David Kopacz will see his first published book ship to readers interested in transforming the culture of medicine. His book, Re-humanizing Medicine, became available on Amazon on November 28th, 2014. I helped my brother (and client) create an online presence to establish his professional brand and showcase his published work, academic presentations, articles, artwork and creative writing. In his work, David uses integrative medicine and creativity to encourage healing and growth.
Urban Oasis cultivates a healthy, resilient, and prosperous community by strengthening the local food system and increasing access and enjoyment of sustainably-grown, affordable, whole food. Design for the Arts was thrilled to work with their team to launch www.UrbanOasisMN.org, a website promoting the development of a St. Paul food hub funded by a $1 million grant from Forever St. Paul Challenge. In addition to the food hub, watch for classes and workshops on food growing, preparation and community initiatives.
Karen will be a visiting artist this summer at New York Mills Arts Retreat for continued development of her documentary story blog Public Field Guide.
Karen Kopacz of Design for the Arts and Good Work Group was invited by Highland Bank to speak on The Power of Your Brand. This 60-minute seminar is
geared specifically toward small business owners and will feature a
three-person panel made up of local marketing and branding experts who
will discuss their professional understanding of, and experience with
business branding strategies. What is a brand and why does it matter for
your business? How does a business create and sustain a brand? Join us
to hear some local experts talk about their answers to these questions
and give business owners solid guidance in this ever-changing and