Goodness Design (Also, Gelati is the Plural of Gelato)
[A not-gelato photo by me. Here I'm holding an ice cream sandwich bought from a vendor in Singapore, which was not very good. Yes, that's green and pink bread.]
Last night I went to Graphic Design Career Launch Pad (space themes rock!) with Pash, and he had a guest, Alissa Walker, to be interviewed by a student. One of the most enjoyable parts of Alissa's conversation with Ahava was when she talked about her love of gelato and how that has become a part of her personal brand.
The first time I ever went to Italy I had gelato twice a day. No joke.
Back in the States, I found this great gelato place on Westwood and LeConte that was owned by this Korean guy Kenny, whose mom's boyfriend was the founder of some super famous gelato place in Rome. I was eagerly awaiting an expected espresso machine so he could make affogados and then I walked by one day and he was gone. Another Westwood small business shuttered. I was really sad, and for a while walked a different way so I wouldn't have to see the abandoned furniture and freezers and stuff. It's still all there, last time I looked, like a gelato ghost town.
So anyway then Alissa started talking about Design for Good and Good Magazine, which Lucie Mamos recently introduced to me, and which I have a feed to here (look to the east in my blog geography). She (Alissa) mentioned buyameter.org which besides being a really awesome project is one of my favorite websites that I've seen recently. It tells a story! It keeps you in suspense! It's beautiful! It's simple!
Hearing about the community Alissa is involved in, as well as her walking status (I just ended six months of being car-free in LA and am almost cursing my new 1993 Camry, or rather the people I "meet" while driving it) got me all jazzed. You know, it's a good (a pun, maybe, but likely not) reminder that it's important to be in the know about what people are doing. Like it can get you excited and energized and inspired and stuff. Which is why subscribing to blogs and doing research and going to events is going to make you a happier designer and person.
Gelato + Good = Lift Off