Beacon: A new design-led project to raise money for disaster relief efforts

Don’t you just love it when superb creative nous and doing good come together? A world where smashing illustration, design, and art and philanthropy collide is certainly one that we like to live in. Thankfully, we’ve got Beacon to help with that – a new design-led project to raise money for disaster relief efforts.

The platform is the brainchild of Jason Dietrick from San Francisco-based independent design studio Upperquad, and takes the form of a collaborative website aiming to help “reflect on recent environmental disasters, create art amidst tragedy, and raise funds for the communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, the earthquake in Mexico City and the wildfires throughout Northern California,” Dietrich explains.

Creatives from across disciplines can donate their work, and those from across the world already have – including Mark Weaver, Kelsey Wroten, Richard Perez, Ricky Linn, Frederique Matti, Ty Wilkins, and many, many more. These are then sold online, with all proceeds going to the ]nonprofit organisation Direct Relief, which Dietrick tells us “specialises in emergency response and recovery, and is focused on delivering of short-term medical aid and long-term healthcare solutions in the affected areas.”

There’s a gorgeous selection of work online ranging hugely in style and approach - among are favorites are Mattiel Brown’s typography-led piece, the Bauhaus-esque stylings of Ty Wilkins, a a stunning surrealist sculpture snap by Midge Sinnaeve.

Those who don’t want a poster can donate online too, and if you’ve got a talent, why not contribute your art and bask in the warm glow of doing something nice.


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