More Ways to Help Japan

Ever since last Sunday’s Help Japan post I’ve received more emails than I can count, all from artists and readers pointing out other ways to help the ravaged country. Here’s a collection of more pieces, purchase one and all proceeds will go towards rescue and rebuilding efforts.


Flag of Japan by Tex Jernigan


Shinjuku, 6:43 by Joseph O. Holmes


Help Japan by Zac Neulieb


Japan Earthquake 2011 no. 1 by Linda Yuki Nakanishi
{via Design Milk}


Sankaku Lavender Sachets


Donate to SOGO Japan and get a free copy of Angel Script from Veer


Help Japan

Like a lot of you I’ve been engrossed with the tragedy in Japan these past few days. It’s easy to feel helpless when you’re halfway around the world, but you don’t have to. Lots of people have jumped into action, creating beautiful pieces that are both creative and heartbreaking. All of the proceeds from the following prints go directly to Japan and their rescue/rebuilding efforts. You can also donate through several more traditional means right here.


Help Japan by W+K Studios
Designed by Max Erdenberger
Printed by Steve Denekas and Walker Cahall


Help Japan by James White


Help Japan by Rob Dobi


Print 070/365 by The Living Conspiracy


Giving Back.

photo: Shawn Gust

Sometimes a gift doesn’t have to be wrapped up with a big bow. Sometimes it’s your time, your funds, and your heart that do the giving. A few years ago at my design firm we decided to donate to the charity of our choice instead of exchanging gifts. And to this day I think it’s still one of the best gifts I never received.

Here are just a few organizations that would love to have any donation you’re be willing to make. Check out charities and organization in your own region to make a local impact.

World Vision
A humanitarian organization working with children, families, and communities worldwide to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Girl Effect
Adolescent girls are capable of raising the standard of living in the developing world. Girls are the most likely agents of change, but they are often invisible to their societies and to our media. When everyone knows about the Girl Effect, then real change can happen. The end is nothing less than ending poverty.

Oxfam America
An international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Rather than provide short-term aid, Oxfam works with local communities to create lasting solutions to poverty by helping people address the root causes themselves.

The Humane Society
Work to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at their sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

Boys & Girls Club
Providing a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity. Enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.

American Red Cross
Offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war and victims of devastating natural disasters with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Finding cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

For Oklahoma City locals, this is the group I volunteer through. ProjectOKC is a group of online and offline friends committed to loving and serving Oklahoma City. We partner with non-profits, churches, schools, civic organizations and businesses to bring good to the community.



Movember. The only time I, as a lady, wish I were capable of growing a ‘stache. The rules are simple, start November 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. Funds are raised for cancers that affect men, much like the commitment to raise money and run or walk for charity. In honor of my guy friends who have chosen to participate and those brave men fighting cancer, here’s my solute to the cause – a mustache solute, if you will with the occasional beard thrown in for Equal Facial Hair Rights. All handmade from Etsy. (PS: It’s not too late to register and start growing!)

White Mustache Espresso Cups

The Educated Sailor

Mustache Handkerchief

Mustache Collection T-Shirt

Finger Mustache Pillow

Beard Shirt

A Field Guide to Typestaches

Beard Full of Love


Tre Anita Glass Ring.

I’m in lust with this big, beautiful Tre Anita glass ring. The clear with the silver underlay is my favorite. And for each big, beautiful ring purchased they’ll plant a tree that’s sure to become big and beautiful. (I’m not sure how that’s connected to their product, but still very cool.)


Out of Print.

Out of Print’s shirts feature iconic, sometimes out of print book covers and are treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book. They also do their part to acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books and are working to change that. For each shirt sold one book is donated to a community in need through Books For Africa.


Happy Weekend.

+ Buy one of Lindsey’s photo prints and 100% of the proceeds go to the Audobon Society, who are helping preserve wetlands, healing animals and cleaning up BP’s mess in the Gulf

+ Pouring over Letterheady, an online homage to offline correspondence

+ Build an honest-to-goodness sidecar for your bicycle

+ A plethora of printables for Father’s Day

+ And a roundup of the best letterpress Father’s Day cards out there

+ Feeling inspired by Catherine Soto’s letters to people who hate her

Happy Weekend!



The WASARA line is a great example of why disposable doesn’t have to equal unattractive. These single-use pieces are made entirely of 100% tree-free renewable materials (sugar cane fiber, bamboo, and reed pulp), and fully biodegradable and compostable. They’re suitable for cold or hot foods, and they’re oil- and water-resistant. Take your pick from three sizes of plates in two different shapes, a segmented tray, bowls, tumblers, coffee cups and wine cups.