50/50 PROJECT NO.1: HOME SWEET HOME.

50/50 PROJECT NO.1: HOME SWEET HOME.

HANDCRAFTED POSTERS & PRINTS SHARING 50% OF THE PROFITS WITH CHARITY THE PASSAGE, TO HELP THEM END HOMELESSNESS. Why are we doing this? Almost 8 years ago (before we started Designed By Good People), Lee and I were getting married just a few days before Christmas. During the wedding service we were told a good marriage should be 50/50, equally sharing responsibilities, chores and laughter, making sure we were equals in the relationship. We liked this. And this has been the inspiration for this project. “Shall we _____ 50/50?” is an expression that we use almost on a daily basis. We believe that design can make a difference, but all too often is used to justify mindless consumerism. As a society, we often buy shinny new things that make us feel good for a while, but soon become something we ignore. We believe that design can work differently, wouldn’t it be nice to buy something that makes you feel good every time you looked at it? Through Kicktstarter, we’ve launched our first 50/50 project, the idea is to design crafted products with a message and half of the profits will go to a good cause. After contacting a number of charities, we established a partnership with The Passage, half of the profits from our first 50/50 project will go to them. Last year The Passage housed 125 people through their accommodation projects alone, that’s 125 people that don’t have to call the streets home anymore. That’s why we’re producing a limited edition of 125 posters at £125 each (unframed). They’re also available framed (at an extra cost). We’ll also have hand printed postcards at £15 each (unframed),...
5p OR NOT 5p.

5p OR NOT 5p.

When I was growing up, we always took our own bags to the supermarket. As usual, as our lives became busier, convenience ruled over common sense. We bought ready made foods, and our health suffered. We stopped taking bags to the supermarket and the environment suffered. 8.5 billion single-use plastic bags were taken home by UK shoppers last year – 7.64 billion of those in England. Plastic bags can take 1,000 years to decompose, costing an estimated £10 million a year to clean up in England alone. We believe this is a great move to introduce the charge and hope it goes someway to change behaviour. M&S (who we have worked for before) already have introduced the charge. Hopefully this will encourage people to reuse bags. Ocado give you a refund on every bag you reuse as they deliver in bags (you have no option). So if you give the bags back, they are essentially free. Small shops don’t have to charge, but why not save your local shops money and help the environment by bringing your own bags? Just like we did in the good old days! We have designed a few tote style bags in the past. Making things desirable helps to encourage use. Bags can give a sense of pride to a local shopping area, help spread the word and advertise local shops. There are many suppliers that offer eco friendly versions of bags which we use. We need to eliminate waste, we need to make reusing normal and single use items unusual and difficult. Perhaps design can help. MUSWELL HILL We created branding for Muswell Hill...