Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with Desktop Wallpaper

Happy new year! We'll be featuring the artwork from one of verynice's volunteers each month. The prompt was to pick a holiday(s) that inspire us to give back. This month we feature the work of Kate Manos! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us. 

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Volunteer spotlight
Kate Manos

Martin Luther King, Jr Day: Monday, January 16, 2017.
"Hope, respect and unity are as important today as they were when Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us to stay strong all those years ago." 

Why I give back.

In a world where my profession is to help sell products and services, it's natural for graphic designers to want to find a way to use their "powers for good." I remember a distinct moment in college when I was completely turned off by the idea of creating designs just to make people spend their money or time. I set out to either make art out of design, or maybe lend a hand for more "worthy" causes. I started volunteering to make posters for a club on campus that brought movies to the students, obsessing over artists that crossed the line between art and design with movements like Dadaism and Flux. I helped out with verynice by making a quite garish website for a cat shelter (don't look it up), and tried to pick internships that were for smaller endeavors like 2-person design studios and art magazines.  

Working at and with verynice for almost a decade, some of my favorite projects I had a hand in are based around experiences (not necessarily products or services), on top of working for a company whose business foundation is based on giving back and pro-bono. Designing a logo and website for the Pasadena Museum of California Art (pmcaonline.org) and helping with select projects for the Downtown Women's Center in Skid Row  have been two-fold in satisfaction for using my design powers for good.

You can find more of Kate's work at www.katemanos.com + www.antisocial.la

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