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Better World by Design Celebrates Ten Years of Design Thinking and Collaboration With Clear Stickers


Better World by Design (BWxD) is a student-led initiative at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. This team envisions a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone in order to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale.

The three custom clear stickers they printed up for this event feature, no surprise, some really solid graphic design that's on point with their theme "Blocks, Bytes, and Bars." They used a square and circle to hold their artwork, and the clear sticker choice means that wherever this sticker goes, the background will shine through. Simple vector lines and deep navy blue helps tie all of the stickers together.

By the way, that pale blue you see on the stickers here in the blog post is how we send out the artwork to customers, so they know that it's a clear sticker.

To celebrate Better World’s 10th year anniversary, they built a different kind of conference in order to break the conversational mold and reflect upon both their organization’s history and our common future. Blocks, Bytes, and Bars, uses symbols to provide an alternative method of conceiving the design process. These three objects can represent design’s traditional past, technological present, and aspirational future. Because of the nature of art and design, this symbolism invites multiple interpretations. Their goal is to craft "the theme in a way that will provide a fresh lens through which new stories, understandings and connections can emerge."

More About Design Thinking

By now though, you might be asking what's "Design Thinking"? Design thinking is a creative strategy used by designers as part of their process.

According to Brown and Wyatt in their 2010 article "Design Thinking for Social Innovation" that was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, "as an approach, design thinking taps into innate human capacities but that are overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It does not only focus on creating products and services that are human centered, but the process itself is also deeply human." Donald Norman's "The Design of Everyday Things" is a great book if you're interesting in learning more about design thinking and how to incorporate this type of approach into your life and work.

Using these types of problem solving approaches, Better World by Design spends an entire year facilitating workshops, panels, and discussions that engage in and promote design. The year builds up to the annual three day conference on Brown and RISD’s campus to stimulate those ideas and inspire the team to continue these conversations.

We're sponsoring the event this year, in part because of their focus on community and sustainability. Through our collaboration, we've learned that Better World by Design  believes in designing experiences that supports a vision of an environmentally sustainable world. Using community and environmental impact as methods for decision-making, they work with local businesses and nonprofits to provide flavorful food and renewable energy.

Background on BWxD

But let's get into some history. In 2008, Sharon Langevin and Steve Daniels, Brown alums from the class of 2009, and Tino Chow and Mike Eng, RISD grads in the same year, founded Better World by Design to merge their schools and their academic fields to solve social problems from a holistic perspective. Over the years, Better World by Design has expanded its reach while fostering a close partnership between Brown, RISD, and the Providence community. This deep dive into the local area is another reason why we're on board with this team.

BWxD alums do amazing things in amazing places. Their website highlights those folks and profiles their work.

Here's a video about this year's theme and the 10th anniversary

BWx10: Better World Celebrates Ten Years! from A Better World By Design on Vimeo.

Midwest Craft Con 2017


Midwest Craft Con is a three-day creative Business Conference for Makers, mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners taking place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, hands-on workshops and business-focused breakout sessions from experts from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. They have a die cut sticker that's a white circle with a smaller black circle featuring their Twitter handle. A fun take on a simple sticker in black-and-white that's classic and memorable.

There's some fun and games, too: There are evening mixers, a trade show to explore and ample time network with fellow makers. Last year’s after-hours activities included karaoke, craft-offs and LOTS of googly eyes. This is for anybody who runs a creative business. Whether you’re a veteran indie crafter, an upstart maker, an artist, a designer or photographer: You’ll leave with new ideas, techniques and friends.

The first event in this series was the Midwest Craft Caucus, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. Now Midwest Craft Con is brought to you by Brit Charek of Akron, Ohio, who organizes Crafty Mart; Grace Dobush of Cincinnati, Ohio, who co-organizes Crafty Supermarket; Megan Green of Columbus, Ohio, who organizes Craftin’ Outlaws.

As of July 2016, Midwest Craft Con is a 501(c)3 organization. Check their mission statement, as it's inspiring:
The Midwest Craft Con’s purpose is to provide creative, engaging, and educational opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs to help their businesses thrive. The Midwest Craft Con has the specific purpose of conducting a conference which (a) showcases regional commitment to the arts; (b) fosters discussion and education about the arts; (c) educates creative entrepreneurs on best practices to foster civic engagement; and (d) provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to collaborate with others to advance the state of the arts regionally.

The Vegas Shoot


It's not shooting craps, a new club, or luxurious hotel; try lots of bows and arrows. The Vegas Shoot is the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournament on the planet.

The Vegas Shoot brings in archers from all skill levels, whether a novice or Olympic athlete. It takes place over three days, February 10-12th 2017 at the South Point Casino and Hotel. The competitions feature both recurve and compound bows. The event is put on by the National Field Archery Association.

The Vegas Shoot competition includes the traditional 3-spot 20-yard “Vegas Round” that made the tournament famous. One of the top events in the country, it draws in over 3,000 archers and thousands of. They are on point this year with custom die cut stickers with the backdrop of the Vegas Skyline, playing cards and an arrow cutting under "The Vegas $hoot" brand name.

It's going to be a fun few days in Vegas and we're excited to see these stickers hit their target.

DevOpsDays Lands in Brasilia


DevOpsDays is a community-organized, not-for-profit conference series for technology practitioners. It began in Ghent, Belgium with one conference in 2009, and has grown to more than 30 events planned worldwide for 2016. DevOpsDays Brasilia 2016 edition will be taking taking place in Brasilia, Brasil's capital city at the Parque Cidade Corporate’s Convention Center.

They have a classic white rectangle, and the DevOpsDay background with a skyline of Brasilia and their iconic towers and saucer-shaped buildings. This will work well on bumpers and laptops, for sure. Thanks to all of the organizers and attendees for this first-ever sponsorship for Team StickerGiant.

Bluespark at DrupalCon North America 2016 New Orleans

DrupalCon North America

Bluespark, the folks who do our site development, will be attending the biggest Drupal event in the world: DrupalCon North America. Lucky them, as this year they get to spend May 9-13 in New Orleans. They have a super-fun clear sticker that they are traveling with that includes the Drupal mascot, who looks like a little drop of water, but here he's rendered as a spaceman with the Bluespark logo on his suit. Cool. Playful. Memorable.

[Now for a tech talk alert] We've been working with Bluespark for almost a year, and they've helped us update our website, which on Symfony, which uses PHP as the native language and is part of the Drupal development framework. Bluespark is a Drupal shop, so means it all plays nice together, and they get to go to cool conferences. [End tech talk.]

The Drupal community is one of the largest open source communities in the world. They are developers, designers, strategists, coordinators, editors, translators, and more. At this conference, there are 13 session tracks, featuring topics like UX, DevOps, project management, and PHP. Each track includes sessions for beginners, experts, and everyone between. The convention center is located near the famous French Quarter, so there will be plenty of city life to enjoy outside of the event.

You can follow the @drupalcon and@drupalconna action on Twitter.

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Interact with Stickers @SXSW


SXSW 2016 is here. SXSW Interactive and Film kick off tomorrow followed by Music on March 15th. SXSW is one of the bigger business conferences that takes place year to year and the best part is the diversity in industries coming together for a two week period of exhibits, networking, education, concerts, films and more.

The biggest part of SXSW is promotion and as you might imagine, we are big fans of promoting with custom stickers. Why promote with stickers?

  1. Stickers are fun. They not only show off your logo but your brand's personality. Get creative with it and make it something that people will slap on their laptop after you meet.

  2. Stickers are easy to carry. No matter if you are at a booth in the exhibit hall, a happy hour, breakfast, the food truck lot or an after party. Stickers are a quick hand out that people enjoy.

  3. Stickers are portable billboards. Stickers are the best advertising. Once your sticker is placed on a plastic wrapped column, a smart phone or someone's shirt for the night, your brand goes for a ride. It's great exposure at a low cost.

  4. Every sticker has a story. Word of mouth only travels so far but a sticker creates more of a visual that sticks with people.

  5. Why not? Stickers create fans and that is the bottom line. Whether going to SXSW, a trade show or any networking event. Stickers make the best sidekick

Sticker Giveaway!

Sticker at SXSW

Are you going to SXSW? We want to see photos of your stickers in Austin. Post photos to our Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook or Twitter @StickerGiant and use #StickerView. We are going to raffle off five free 250 custom sticker orders randomly selected from people who post and tag their pictures from March 11th until the 20th at SXSW Events. Interact with stickers!

We will announce the winners on 3/21/16, please tag @stickergiant with #StickerView. Must be a public account for us to view and add to list. Must be at SXSW events in Austin, Texas to be considered.