My biggest takeaway was the drawing of the example sign via Photoshop. I kept thinking about how using a medium like that for the contest would be engaging to kids who are stuck at home and could use a new skill to learn. I’m definitely no expert in illustration apps but watching the demonstration reminded me how accessible they can be with a little time and effort- especially when using them to complete a project like a sign!
Ryan Princer, Campfire Consulting
Part 1: Intro to the Sign Design Contest
We launched the Green Sign Design Contest to achieve the following goals
Create a fun activity to inspire creativity and advocate for our planet
Develop educational signs to support camps in modeling sustainability
Connect campers with the camps they love
This blog post is meant to serve as a resource to help you come up with ideas for signs that inspire green behavior change. Be creative and have fun
Contest Theme: Green Behavior Change – The act of choosing actions that positively impact our planet and the people on it.
Get ideas by voting for other signs in the contest that you think “inspire green behavior change”
Part 2: Green Printing
It’s important to understand the impact of our actions.
As you’ll hear in this segment, there is a big environmental impact from big industry’s like printing. What I want to highlight is the steps big industrys can take in reducing their environmental impact.
You will hear a few examples of indsutry standards and initaitives that help promote environmental sustainability as well as actions that are being taken at this print shop.
One example we forgot to mention in the video is that they are preparing to upgrade their lighting in the print shop to LED!
Part 3: Sign Design Tips and Tricks
With technology as prevalent as it is, many of us have access to tools to design amazing artwork. Like Canva, Instagram, and other photo design tools.
Learn some practical tips on sign design like good image resolution, colors and fonts as we design my idea of a sign, “Compost in a Bottle”.
You don’t have to only make your sign using technology. Luke drew the picture, then he scanned it to add more text.
Thank you to Suzanne for sharing the resources from the experiences of the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center using signs to inspire green behavior change.
Part 4: Printing Our Sign in the Shop
We’ve designed our sign and we’re ready to move into production.
Check out the shop and see two machines create our sign!
We’ll also share some of the signs that Sir Speedy Statesville has helped design and print educational resources, business cards and pamphlets and our mailer!
One of my favorite projects Sir Speedy Statesville helped with was the pollinator friendly exhibit we presented at the 2020 National ACA Conference.
Read this blog article to learn more..
The Final Product!
“Compost In a Bottle: It’s All About the Layers”
I’d like to go back and add a background that makes it look like the bottle is buried in soil.
Something like the image above.
Illustration by Cari Vander Yacht
Visit the webpage where I found the instructions for the compost in a bottle activity.
A Huge Thank You to CJ Sudman, Luke Sudman, Derek and the staff at Sir Speedy Statesville and all that you are doing to support your community.
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