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April 17, 2011

Can we find perfection together?

First of all, we'd like to thank you profusely for being a part of this community over the past year. Your insight, participation and creative energy has made this a better place for every member and visitor. For this inwords discussion, we'd like to get your thoughts on how we can improve this site and community. What about Design is Love do you value most and is there a way it can be refined to make things even better? How can we build off a successful first year and continue to grow and improve for the future?

Share your ideas and help shape the dialogue in a meaningful way. Your contribution makes all the difference in building a stronger community. Remember, participation is caring.

04.03.11 / 10:42 PM
Wow, what a year. With membership steadily increasing we happily watched as Helping Hand jobs were posted and completed, Design Fund projects submitted and produced and 26 thoughtful inwords conversations took place. We're very appreciative of your involvement in shaping this community and we truly mean it when we say "your contribution makes all the difference". As we look forward and prepare to grow this community, we know that we cannot do this alone. Jeremy Bentham once said, “It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual” — we couldn't agree more.

Our community thrives on the creative energy of collaboration and we would love to know what would make your experience even better. We look forward to reading your thoughts on how we can improve and make this place even more valuable. To you we extend our most sincerest "Thanks!".
04.14.11 / 1:18 PM
Design is Love has brought me great joy and many (MANY) nights of little sleep. 7 years ago this whole thing started with a personal question: "How can we help designers fund personal work and connect with people who care intensely about design?" At the time I was creatively stagnant, missing the days of free exploration that a good art program affords us. I needed something more than the Quark layouts I was doing and resorted to designing t-shirts and posters that never made it past the next page in my sketch book. I thought there was value in the concept of "Design is Love" and registered a website address, knowing I wanted to do something with it eventually.

Over the years the idea expanded, being pushed and reshaped by countless conversations with friends and associates. I changed jobs (numerous times) and found myself at co:lab, an environment that nurtures creativity and personal expression. It was the petri dish that Design is Love needed. A year later (with tremendous support from Rich Hollant, Constanza Gowen-Segovia and my "Design brother" Brian Grabell, along with our amazing programmer Thom Smith) this site was born.

Watching our membership grow and having the good fortune to work with amazing people (in both "creative" and not-for-profit fields) has been an incredible experience. I'm so thankful that we've helped make lasting connections in our industry and beyond, using emotional engagement as the foundation for doing great things together.

In the next year I hope to see our membership continue to grow and we promise to support that growth by bringing more content to this site. We're also working on additonal ways to promote the heartfelt work you're doing, giving both our membership and the Design is Love initiative more visibility.

If you have ideas that you want to discuss more personally please don't hesitate to reach out via email or Facebook. We'll be in touch quicker than you could imagine.

Thanks for your participation. Each of us is part of building something special here, you inspire us each day. Always with heart, for the love.

Troy Monroe
Founder | Design is Love
04.15.11 / 9:24 AM
@ troy > I'm proud to be your "Design brother". truly. I have to be honest, whenever I experience your passion for Design is Love, I get uber-inspired and ending up drawing on the walls if I don't seem to have a sketchbook at hand.

I too hope that membership, but also most importantly involvement grows over the next year.

Seeing first hand the creative energy that went into the development of this community by its founders and as well as its members is as inspiring as Troy's passionate words above.

Design is Love is an opportunity to collaborate, communicate and creatively express oneself and I'd like to see the numbers of members grow so that more can take part in such an opportunity.

I can't believe it has only been a year. A lot was done and I am excited to experience what will come next.

"Design brother"
04.16.11 / 12:39 PM
Ah, DIL! How much joy you bring to my heart.

I am so happy to be a part of this community and to be one of the people shaping this initiative... This first year was hard work, as it is with any great thing that is started from the ground up by a small group of people. Troy's commitment and discipline to making Design is Love great and accessible is, truly, an inspiration.

On our second year, I'd like to encourage all of our members (and non-member bystanders) to participate a little more.

I would love to see our inwords section explode with engaging dialogues. (Please send us your suggestions for a topic, we're always interested to hear what you want to talk about!)

I would love to see all of our members submitting projects to the Design Fund. With each new one we get more and more submissions, which is great. Let's keep at this rate and we're in great shape. What many might not realize is that the sales at the Shop are the primary source that helps maintain this little hub of creative expression, I'd love to see more people supporting the Design Fund by buying some of the cool stuff that your fellow designers have contributed. I know we've mentioned it a millions times but I reiterate: 100% of those dollars go directly to fund the next project. One. Hundred. Percent.

As far as Helping Hand goes, we'd love to share some of the connections and work that have come from this section, it's been tough keeping up with it all! Design is Love has helped designers connect with Haiti Cultural Exchange, Waste For Life and Park Water Arts. We hope to build many more meaningful work relationships through our humble portal.

So that's it for me. I ook forward to growing this community together and sharing some of that joy that DIL brings me daily with a larger group of people.

(participation is caring)


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