It’s the beginning of a new year — a time when many organizations are reexamining their priorities for the months and years ahead. So we sat down with Susan Sabella, Coming Clean’s director of operations, to look back at our strategic work with her team — focusing on the process, the value of introspection, and the ways the organization is embracing change 20 years after its founding.

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Coming Clean is a group of 200 organizations and 350 individual experts working together to fight for environmental health and economic justice for all. Their members are determined to ensure the safety of…


Friday is proud to launch Highlight, a unique digital tool that helps K-12 schools identify conditions gaps — critical factors that hinder achievement in the classroom — so that educators can work with students to identify solutions.

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IN 2017, AFTER A DOZEN YEARS IN THE CLASSROOM, Dr. Jeffrey Hunt was a coach for high school principals at the Fresno County Superintendent’s office, when he got a phone call: Teenage girls on one of the district’s campuses were fighting with one another on a regular basis, generating suspension after suspension — and classroom tensions made it difficult for teachers to do…


A close-up look at Friday’s design process.

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WORDS IN THE WILD IS A BAY-AREA NONPROFIT that uses kids’ interest in science and the outdoors to help them become better readers — an approach that’s especially helpful for those who struggle in the typical classroom setting. When the founder decided to expand her efforts from a small summer camp and after-school program to include teacher trainings and pre-packaged curricula, she asked Friday to create a sophisticated brand that would appeal to her many audiences. …


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Illustration by David Espinosa Alvarez

Two hundred years ago, Baltimore was America’s third-largest city, thanks in large part to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad — the first commercial railroad to carry goods from the Eastern Seaboard to the Midwest. One of the country’s biggest shipping and manufacturing centers back in 1916, the city was home to the world’s largest steel mill, and over the years it counted Domino Sugar and McCormick Spice among its biggest employers.

But after WWII came to an end, white residents fled for the suburbs. And following years of simmering racial conflicts and explosive riots after MLK’s assassination in 1968, the…


Daniel Huecker, head of the Eleanor Roosevelt Learning Center in Visalia, California, tells us why.

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Illustration by David Espinosa Alvarez.

Unless you were home-schooled, you probably have no idea what it’s like to teach a child — or to be a child — who learns everything outside of the traditional classroom. And even if you have some experience with home-schooling, you may not understand why residents of Visalia, California, felt the need to open the Eleanor Roosevelt Learning Center — essentially a public charter school for home-schoolers. Like most schools, Eleanor Roosevelt opens every Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., but unlike most schools, attendance isn’t mandatory, school bells don’t ring on the hour, and report cards aren’t issued at…


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He was crazy enough to think people would watch a 90-minute film about a typeface. Now, Hustwit unveils a documentary about the legendary
Dieter Rams — and tells us how he made it.


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His work is populated by skeletons, snakes, and devils making boasts that you’d expect of a tattooed sailor. But underneath his punk-rock swagger is a softie with a thing for the Yankees, Steven King, and Tears for Fears.


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Illustration by Sara Osario

Unexpected design solutions generate the most attention but often terrify CMOs. We asked some creative pros for advice for persuading clients to sign off on truly unique ideas.


Once considered a sign of disloyalty or immaturity, job-hopping is now a favorite career tactic. But sticking around offers long-lasting benefits.

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Illustration by Arley Valencia.

Back in the days when resumes were printed at Kinko’s, most workers tried to hold a job for a couple of years, if only so it looked good on paper. Today, Twitter bios rattle off short stints like badges of honor. And why not? The demand for tech designers makes job-hopping a no-brainer — you can quickly boost your title, your bank account, and your portfolio without ever suffering an annual review. …


Three designers share insights about how teaching has made them better at the details of doing their day jobs.

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Illustration by Arley Valencia.

On the list of “giving professionals,” teachers are right up there with nurses, doctors, and therapists. But as any teacher will tell you, there’s plenty of getting, too. For designers, that holds especially true: The skills required at the blackboard mirror those needed in the conference room.

“My first real experiences with public speaking came through teaching in the Continuing Ed program at the School of Visual Arts,” says Gail Anderson, who’s most well known for her 15 years as an…

Scott Kirkwood

Creative director at Friday, focused on graphic design for do-gooders. Denver, CO. https://friday.us

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