Denik’s Journals Showcase Artists and Build Schools

Want to turn your creative passion into a business that gives back? Tyler Tolson tells how he did just that with his art-covered journals.

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When Tyler Tolson started Denik in 2011, he was a new college grad with goals to change the world. He was also a lifelong artist and doodler who always had a journal or notebook nearby to capture his thoughts and designs. His big idea came when he realized that there were countless other artists in the world with limited places to showcase their art. And what better place to put art for others to see than on a journal?

Five percent of each journal sale goes back to the artist whose art is on the cover, and a dollar from each sale goes toward building schools in places like Africa and South America.

There’s a pretty good chance that those students now have a Denik journal or sketchbook and are inspired by the art on the cover to create their own art for others. We enjoyed hearing about the evolution of Denik and learning from Tyler about building a mission-driven brand. (Our interview is edited slightly for length and clarity.)
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9 Women Rocking Instagram With Handmade Products

Fill your feed with images of handmade products you'll want to own — and creators who'll get you motivated to be a maker, too.

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We love how Instagram brings us inside the workshops and studios of some seriously creative people. The nine women we’re featuring this week use everything from wood and leather to precious metals and essential oils to make amazing handcrafted products. We’re glued to our feeds to see what they’ll come up with next. Continue reading

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Follow our picks on their individual Instagram accounts and let us know which female makers and artisans you follow in the comments below!

Freedom Chair Takes Wheelchair Design Off-Road

Four MIT students took on the challenge of revolutionizing the traditional wheelchair to make it all-terrain and easier to use.

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Potholes, cracks and the humps and bumps of rough terrain are every wheelchair user’s nightmare. Propelled merely by pushrims, the traditional wheelchair makes movement difficult and raises the risk of repetitive stress injuries. But four MIT students took on the challenge of creating a solution during their project-based course on Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries. Continue reading

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Learning and Growing During A Hard Time

The Creative Director of socially conscious accessory line ESPEROS shares her techniques for getting through the toughest of times.

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Aubrey Mayo

Have you ever been through one of those times when everything seems to be changing/blowing up/falling apart all at once — in your career and your personal life? “Stressful” doesn’t even begin to cover what it’s like

But Aubrey Mayo is here to tell you that you can survive and even thrive when life starts lobbing those curveballs at you. And she should know: 2015 has really put her to the test.

Aubrey is the creative director of ESPEROS, a maker of stylish bags, a changer of lives and a dear friend of DesignGood’s. She’s also fiercely resilient and optimistic. We’ll let her tell you how she does it, and how you can, too.
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Fair-Trade Goods Connect Ethiopian Women to a Better Life

To lift Ethiopian women out of poverty, Connected in Hope gives them a chance to create and a market for their products.

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Every morning, women in Ethiopia rise before dawn to gather large bundles of fuel wood to sell at the local markets for less than a dollar. The challenges and dangers they face just to provide for their families’ basic needs compelled Pam Simpson and Ryane Murnane to create steady streams of sustainable income for these women. It’s from this motivation that Connected in Hope was born. Continue reading

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