Category Archives: Events

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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Into the woods with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Elixir’s invi­ta­tion for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is fea­tured on page 144 of the September/October issue of Communication Arts. The magazine’s 52nd Design Annual fea­tures 174 win­ning projects from 4,291 entries.

Celebrating the Great Outdoors, the Foundation’s third annual Bay Area fundraising event, was held on March 28, 2011. The invi­ta­tion and related col­lat­eral were inspired by event designer Stanlee Gatti’s vision for the event — a pop-up, tented forest on San Francisco’s Crissy Field. Elixir col­lab­o­rated with UK illus­trator Mary Woodin to create immer­sive scenes that emerge on dimen­sional cor­ru­gated card­board panels pro­duced by Oscar Printing.

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Celebrating the Great Outdoors encore

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) held its annual East Coast fundraising event in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 25, 2010. Celebrating the Great Outdoors is the third NFWF fundraiser Elixir has worked on, having devel­oped mate­rials for both the 2009 and 2010 suc­cessful West Coast fundraising events in San Francisco.

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Levi’s takes the high line

Levi Strauss & Co. recently spon­sored the Care to Air Design Challenge, seeking “the world’s most inno­v­a­tive, cov­etable, and sus­tain­able air-drying solu­tion for clothing.” Levi’s awarded $10,000 in prize money on August 16 at the tem­po­rary Levi’s Workshop on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission district.

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Making poverty preventable, not inevitable

Elixir recently col­lab­o­rated with Tipping Point Community on a new film that pre­miered at Tipping Point’s annual ben­efit May 6th. The event suc­ceeded in raising $6 mil­lion in one evening — 100% of which goes directly to 26 of the best orga­ni­za­tions serving Bay Area indi­vid­uals and fam­i­lies in need.

If you are as inspired as we are, visit Tipping Point’s new Volunteer Portal and get involved!

Exhibit Design Awards

Jennifer Jerde, Elixir’s Founder and Creative Director, was hon­ored to be one of seven judges of Exhibitor Magazine’s 24th Annual Exhibit Design Awards. Winners were announced in the May issue of the mag­a­zine and recently pub­lished online.

Samsung Electronics won the top honor for the optical illu­sion they cre­ated via mirror-covered ceiling & walls paired with light pro­jec­tions through the exhibit’s glass floor. The design show­cased Samsung’s new gen­er­a­tion of LED TVs (144 were present on eight floor-to-ceiling columns). Other win­ners — from an impres­sive array of inter­na­tional entries — included Teknion, Automobili Lamborghini, Eternit, Autodesk, Audi, SpinVox, Saudi Telecom, Daimler, Herman Miller, Sony, Yokohama, O.C. Tanner and Ewo.

A soaring success for Fish & Wildlife

For the second year in a row, Washington DC-based National Fish & Wildlife Foundation retained Elixir to design an invi­ta­tion, event mark and event col­lat­eral for its Bay Area fundraiser. Orchestrated by Stanlee Gatti, the event was held at Crissy Field on March 23rd. Falcon pho­tog­raphy was gen­er­ously donated by Andrew Zuckerman.

NFWF was estab­lished by Congress in 1984 to pre­serve and restore our nation’s native wildlife species and habi­tats. The Foundation directs public con­ser­va­tion dol­lars to the most pressing envi­ron­mental needs and matches those funds with pri­vate con­tri­bu­tions. Since its incep­tion, NFWF has awarded over 10,800 grants to more than 3,700 orga­ni­za­tions in the US and abroad and lever­aged — with its part­ners — more than $635 mil­lion into over $1.5 bil­lion for conservation.

Pictured above (l to r): Invitation, Escort Cards, Auction Paddle, Program. Event pho­tographs cour­tesy of Orange Photography.

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Poverty has met its match

Please join us at Tipping Point Community’s 2010 Benefit After Party at the Warfield on Thursday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. Special Performances by DJ Ruckus and six-time Grammy Award winner John Legend. The $75 ticket includes an open bar and can be pur­chased here. 100% of pro­ceeds will go directly to the best poverty fighting pro­grams in the Bay Area.

Elixir was hon­ored to design the invi­ta­tion and event col­lat­eral for this year’s ben­efit. The over­size match­book design includes rel­e­vant event infor­ma­tion and a tem­po­rary tattoo.

Keeping Score with the San Francisco Symphony


Elixir is hon­ored to be working with the San Francisco Symphony on an invi­ta­tion to their sneak pre­view of Keeping Score: Season 2. Keeping Score is the San Francisco Symphony’s national project to make clas­sical music more acces­sible and mean­ingful to people of all ages and musical back­grounds, and a key com­po­nent of its almost century-long his­tory of music education.

More than five mil­lion viewers tuned into the first season of Keeping Score on PBS in November 2006 with doc­u­men­taries on Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland. Season 2 fea­tures three new pro­grams that explore the music and sto­ries behind Hector Berlioz’s sym­phonic love letter Symphonie fan­tas­tique; Charles Ives’s sonic por­trait of New England in his Holidays Symphony; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a work that may ulti­mately have saved his life.

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas pre­miere the second season of the Keeping Score tele­vi­sion series on PBS on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10 p.m. (check local list­ings). Click here to watch the trailer. The pro­grams work in tandem with an inter­ac­tive web­site,, a national radio series, and a national model edu­ca­tion pro­gram for K-12 teachers that helps them inte­grate clas­sical music into core subjects.