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We tip our hats (again) to Tipping Point

ELIXIR Design-Tipping Point invitation

Tipping Point, founded in 2005, is a non-profit ded­i­cated to breaking the cycle of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area – by sup­porting the non-profits doing the best work in this fight. We whole­heart­edly encourage not only our local friends, but everyone – wher­ever you might live – who cares about doing good, to click here.

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ArtRise elevates our cultural horizons

ELIXIR Design-ArtRise Projects web

Marnie Burke de Guzman is an orches­trator of cul­tural engage­ment. She cre­ated ArtRise to steward large-scale cul­tural projects into being, much in the way that a pro­ducer makes a movie ‘happen.’ Today’s audi­ences yearn to expe­ri­ence cul­ture beyond the con­fines of exhi­bi­tion space. Marnie is a skilled shep­herd of teams, a forger of alliances between cul­tural insti­tu­tions, civic orga­ni­za­tions, artists – and the audi­ences themselves.

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Front Porch Farm is over-the-top delicious

ELIXIR Design-Front Porch Farm wine

Front Porch Farm is a bas­tion of bio-diversity. We could describe the owners as bespoke farmers, since most of their prod­ucts are grown to order for fine restau­rants and spe­cialty gro­cers. And we could describe the farm as a “Noah’s Ark for food,” since the owners are zealous about sus­tain­ability. Their dream is to raise all the ingre­di­ents for com­plete meals of deli­cious­ness – and they’re already making wines to accom­pany them.

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Summer Search Seeks a New Visual Language

ELIXIR Design-Summer Search invitation

Summer Search is a youth devel­op­ment orga­ni­za­tion founded in Northern California in 1990. They’ve since taken their holistic model to the national level, repli­cating the pro­gram in six addi­tional met­ro­pol­itan areas. Summer Search part­ners with high schools to iden­tify low-income stu­dents who dis­play cer­tain char­acter attrib­utes. The stu­dents receive year-round sup­port – a unique com­bi­na­tion of expe­ri­en­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties and a circle of rela­tion­ships anchored in pro­fes­sional mentoring.

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Our first foray into politics

ELIXIR Design-AFC brochure

The American Federation for Children (AFC) is a national advo­cacy group pro­moting school choice for par­ents. This cause is ardently bipar­tisan — and highly nuanced. If you are con­cerned about edu­ca­tion reform in this country, American Federation for Children are folks to pay atten­tion to.

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Elixir Nominated for Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

We are thrilled to share the news: Elixir has been nom­i­nated for a 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Communication Design cat­e­gory. From Cooper-Hewitt’s web­site: “The National Design Awards pro­gram cel­e­brates design as a vital human­istic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national aware­ness of design by edu­cating the public and pro­moting excel­lence, inno­va­tion, and lasting achieve­ment.” Cooper-Hewitt, part of the Smithsonian Institution, first launched the awards at the White House in 2000.

To be clear, we have ZERO expec­ta­tions of win­ning. Legend has it almost no one receives the award on first nom­i­na­tion. Nonetheless, we are grateful that one of our won­derful clients nom­i­nated us, and are hum­bled and hon­ored to be up for con­sid­er­a­tion among so many design giants.

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Stage of Enlightenment

Elixir was delighted to design the save-the-date and invi­ta­tion for Made in the Shade, Gump’s first-ever ben­efit for the arts. The event will sup­port a newly endowed schol­ar­ship to the California College of the Arts. An array of artists, designers, and celebs have cre­ated one-of-a-kind lamp­shades that models will sport on the cat­walk. Fashionable former mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. will emcee.

The save-the-date was an op arti­fact, a translu­cent black sleeve with lamp­shade sil­hou­ette, whose pat­tern changed as the “light” came on and the infor­ma­tion card came out. Note for non-locals: The name Made in the Shade is a triple entendre, because Gump’s southern façade is on Maiden Lane.

When: 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Where: Gump’s at 135 Post Street, San Francisco
To pur­chase tickets or find out more, please visit