Category Archives: Recent Work

Command and Control, by Eric Schlosser

ELIXIR Design-Command and Control

Eric Schlosser is mas­terful at deliv­ering in-depth reportage and inves­tiga­tive analysis on dark, quirky sub­jects – things that some­times we’d rather not know, but know we should. When Eric asked us to design the cover for Command and Control, he shared his cre­ative vision in the same exciting email: “99.9 per­cent of the books that have been written about nuclear weapons have a big mush­room cloud on the cover, and I have a dif­ferent idea. I would like the cover to resemble the cover of an Air Force acci­dent report – bureau­cratic, official-looking, and yet odd enough to be intriguing…“
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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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