It's November! 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 Jesus Jacobo! Download our wallpaper and celebrate the spirit of giving back with us.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jesus Jacobo
I am a November baby and this was a fun choice for me. Choosing to create “The Old Wise Eye” to highlight men’s health and specifically No Shave November and Movember was both fun and rewarding to further help that cause.
Why I Give Back
“Think globally, act locally.” Armed with the tools and skills of a graphic designer I’ve found organizations that share similar interests as mine and use that energy and passion to become an activist for change. I give back because it makes me become proactive as a citizen with a voice and it helps others in achieving goals and aspirations. In my early education as a graphic designer I was approached by a local arts collective, South El Monte Arts Posse, and I volunteered my time and I developed skills while helping out with their cause. Empowered by the experience I took part in a 24-hour hackathon sponsored by WeHack/Southeast Cities, which was specific to the southeast communities in Los Angeles. Having grown up in the southeast neighborhoods of Los Angeles which has been plagued by corruption by its elected officials, I was compelled to help my city as a participant in this event. My team focused on civic government and our app challenged the current barriers and constraints there are to attending public meetings at city hall and promote community involvement. I would then work with another arts collective, Project 51, where the focus was the Los Angeles River. Through heavy onsite research and prototypes, my group used a speculative design approach that aimed to spark conversation around the topic of gentrification between the residents, business owners, developers and policymakers in the Elysian Valley. I also had the opportunity to work with the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, a nonprofit, and in a group, environment designed a movement which aimed to create an awareness of the effects humans have on the ocean with the everyday choices they make. I have been very fortunate with the help I have received with my education and career goals and these projects have become a way of saying thank you to the universe for that support; it has been my way of giving back.
Check out more of Jesus' work here!