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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Stand & Deliver Teaches us the Art of Communication

Longtime client Peter Myers of Stand & Deliver enlisted Elixir to design and launch a new web­site in con­junc­tion with the release of his book As We Speak. The dynamic con­sulting group includes experts from the realms of the­ater and media. Through highly cus­tomized work­shops, either in person or via the web, they coach busi­ness­people all over the world in the art of com­mu­ni­cating more effec­tively. Stand & Deliver is ded­i­cated to the idea that making your­self heard is not simply a matter of volume, but depends on three crit­ical com­po­nents: con­tent, state and delivery.

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Opening New Doors for Opes Advisors

Looking to repo­si­tion itself in the finan­cial mar­ket­place, Opes Advisors came to Elixir for help shaping their brand and per­cep­tion via new mes­saging and a visual lan­guage. Opes is an inno­v­a­tive finan­cial advi­sory firm that inte­grates wealth man­age­ment and mort­gage ser­vices to help clients make better finan­cial deci­sions throughout their life­times. Its founders have insight from first-hand expe­ri­ence on how real estate is an essen­tial com­po­nent of good finan­cial health. Their exper­tise and life expe­ri­ences spurred them to build a com­pany of immense integrity and unprece­dented approach to finan­cial plan­ning, one that con­siders the impact of finan­cial deci­sions now and into the future.

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