In January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg proclaimed, “Men still run the world…I’m not sure its going that well.”
Even in my groggy morning stupor, I couldn’t help being curious about the graphic posters lining my route to work. “Save the Tamales from Ronald McDonald,” they read. The posters looked almost political in nature – black with an iconic fist raised into the air, grasping a — tamale?
HOUSTON – (Sept. 28, 2015) When Savage Brands Design Director and Principal Doug Hebert attended a concert by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder, he expected to enjoy his favorite singer and a fantastic show. He got much more when Vedder inspired him to help make a difference in the lives of people battling a devastating and rare skin disease—Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
As a company, Savage has been reading thought-provoking books and discussing them together, talking about how their insight might apply to our work. We recently finished Start with Why by Simon Sinek, which encourages people to take a step back to understand why we do what we do.
When Doug Hebert attended a concert by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder in 2012, he expected to see his favorite singer put on another fantastic show. What he got was so much more. Doug walked away inspired to make a difference in the lives of people he has never even met.
During the show, Eddie Vedder took time to speak to the crowd about his support for a little-known, yet devastating rare skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). He talked about how he and his wife Jill are committed to finding a cure for EB after their dear friends had a son born with the condition. Vedder’s comments moved Doug, a diehard Pearl Jam fan and 15-year fan club member, to use his professional platform to create change through design.
Robin Tooms interviewed Marian Davenport, executive director of Genesys Works – Houston, as guest host of The BusinessMakers Show. The two talked about how Genesys Works is benefitting Houston, both through its empowerment of at-risk youth and its benefit to its corporate partners.
Design is everywhere – and in more places than you probably realize. You recognize it in billboards and book covers, but it’s also in the architecture and décor of your favorite coffee spot, along with the napkins, coffee packaging, in-store signage and even what the barista is wearing.
As the old adage says, you don’t know what you don’t know. But the truth is that sometimes you don’t know what you do know – at least until someone asks you a question about it. That’s never been clearer to me than when I began mentoring a fellow designer.
I recently went to a client kick-off meeting with MOGAS Industries, a valve company that we are consulting for. It was a rainy, dreary day when we pulled up to a bright and welcoming campus. Our tour began with the usual meet and greet, but soon took a surprising turn. On the walkway between the corporate office and the manufacturing facility, we were shown the company’s value wall. I’ve seen these things before, but this one was different. The words on the wall spoke to me. They were direct, and they were real. And every employee had signed his or her name at the bottom of the wall.
Impact A Hero honored Savage Brands as Partner of the Year at its 2015 Hall of Fame Gala. The honor recognizes the extensive contribution made by Savage Brands, a leading Houston branding, communications and design firm, in developing a new communications strategy that reflected the organization’s purpose – to help severely wounded heroes returning home from post-9/11 combat.