WashingtonUCity Design Students Visit Falk Harrison

WashUCity_logoIn early March, students from the WashUCity Design Partnership toured Falk Harrison’s offices and had the opportunity to hear from many members on our team about how/why we got into the design business, what inspires us and what suggestions we would have for a young designer just entering the field. The 35 students were accompanied by University City High School art teachers Todd Yancy and Marnie Claunch.

The WashUCity Design Partnership was co-founded in 2002 by Falk Harrison Creative Director Traci Moore, and Heather Corcoran, Director of the College and Graduate School of Art and Professor of Design, at Washington University. The mission of the partnership is to create a learning community of undergraduate and secondary school students and faculty, which focuses on the methods, tools and technologies of Visual Communications for the broadest possible learning experience.

The goals of the program for high school students are:
- to introduce a broader view of how their careers may develop in communication design
- to expand educational opportunities through visual learning in a variety of subjects
- to help creative students realize their strength and intelligence through art

WashUCity copyThe goals of the program for WashU students are:
- to work with students in a high school classroom
- to develop teaching and leadership skills
- to deepen their knowledge of the professional field

For more information on the WashUCity Design Partnership, visit their website at or their Facebook page.


Falk Harrison Winter Outreach

It’s become somewhat of an annual tradition at Falk Harrison that while we are busy with our holiday baking, gift shopping and party plans, we also take time to remember those who are less fortunate than us. In recent years, we have have collected shoes and canned goods in order to lend a helping hand. This year, we’re looking to help in another way.

As another St. Louis winter settles in and temperatures drop below freezing, most of us just throw an extra blanket on our bed or turn up the thermostat. Unfortunately, many members of our community don’t have the ability to do that. They will be left out in the cold, with no shelter or critical necessities. That’s why we’ve decided this year to work in conjunction with St. Louis Winter Outreach.

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St. Louis Winter Outreach is a local organization with several teams that work together during the winter months in order to keep people who live on the streets of St. Louis warm and safe. We are helping them this year by collecting donations of the following goods:


  • Chapstick or lip balm
  • travel size hand cream
  • bandaids
  • individual Kleenex packets
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofin packets
  • cough drops

Outerwear (Adult & Child sizes):

  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy wool hats that cover the ears
  • Heavy scarves that can be wrapped around the neck and over the mouth

(Note: we are not collecting coats or blankets as these items are already covered)


This would help tremendously … as they can purchase what is needed when they need it most. Checks can be made payable to: “St. Louis Homeless Winter Outreach.” A $20 donation would enable the Food Crew to purchase the protein necessary to prepare 60-100 meals of soup, stew or chili.

Falk Harrison will collect the items and deliver them to the STL Winter Outreach team. Please drop off your donations at our office during normal business hours by January 16:

Falk Harrison
1300 Baur Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132

Business hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Debbie Haupt at Falk Harrison, 314.531.1410 for more information.

Donations are also being accepted at MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse during their hours of operation:

MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse
3606 Arsenal Street
St. Louis, MO 63116

Business hours: Mon.-Sat., 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Thank you for your help in keeping our community warm!

Falk Harrison Supports Project Hope

Project Hope and Falk Harrison

For several years, Falk Harrison staffers have drawn names to exchange Christmas ornaments during the holiday season. This year we wanted to do something more meaningful by finding a way to help others. We decided to collect hats, gloves, scarves and shoes to donate to Project Hope.

Project Hope is an effort of the Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE) of Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD). ECSE serves approximately 1,250 students each year, and about 12 percent of them come from low-income families. The severity of disabilities ranges from difficulty articulating certain sounds to multiple disabilities and developmental disorders. Teachers and staff help the families who are having financial difficulties, not only during the holidays, but also throughout the year, often using money out of their own pockets.

ECSE staff began raising money in an organized way in 2009 and has raised over $50,000 and served hundreds of families. They provide basic needs such as clothing, coats, shoes, socks, diapers and food; they also provide for some medical expenses that are not fully covered by insurance, such as leg braces and orthotics, as well as adaptive equipment for specialized needs.

What touched us at Falk Harrison is that the teachers and staff began by addressing these needs on their own, and then went further by organizing an annual trivia fundraiser in their spare time so they could do even more for the students and families. We’re both proud and humbled to help in our small way. We have gathered a large bag full of brand-new goodies and plan to collect some gently used clothing items for staff to have on hand in the classrooms for the preschoolers in 2013. We hope our gifts of clothing bring a little joy and warmth to the recipients.

If you’d like to help, let me know and we’ll collect what you have to donate, or I’d be happy to put you in touch with the appropriate SSD personnel. Contact me at

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Saving Nikola Tesla’s Lab The New-Fashioned Way

Matthew Inman

I enjoyed this NPR story on the effort to save Nikola Tesla’s lab, Wardenclyffe. I especially appreciated the New Media approach to accomplishing one’s goals. Just read that headline! “Web Cartoonist Raises $1 Million for Tesla Museum.” Unbelievable. There are compelling stories of Kickstarter campaigns and the like, but this is different.

First, as far as I can tell, this miscarriage of history should not be happening. Tesla was one of the most brilliant human beings to have ever lived. Second, Matthew Inman’s comic The Oatmeal is genius, but approaching him for help in this case is completely genius. The need for quick fundraising here was acute, and Inman delivered!

Take a listen to the 4+ minute story and enjoy a tale of the new-fashioned way to raise a quick $1.2 million.

NOTE: Inman’s comic does contain profanity. Please do not read the comic if this is set to bother or offend you.

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Egypt: A Social Media Revolution

Wael Ghonim

Google executive Wael Ghonim is rather humble about his role in 2010′s Arab Spring. This was a leaderless revolution, one in which people could believe in an idea and not a particular person. That being said, Wael Ghonim played a critical role.

Recently on NPR’s Morning Edition, Ghonim spoke with Steve Inskeep about his role in the toppling of Egypt’s long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, and I took notice of a few items from the interview:

1. When Inskeep asks about the slow pace of reforms, Ghonim leads with the positive. I found it refreshing that he chose to begin with achievements, and that is a great way to keep supporters engaged in a campaign.

2. When Ghonim stated that the revolution had no leader, Inskeep pushed back. Paraphrasing, “You organized protests, you sent out dramatic, well-written statements. You did things that leaders do.” Ghonim’s response was that “This is not leadership. A leader directs a revolution. We worked to increase awareness and called people to action. Protests do not equal leadership.” Ghonim was obviously wise for using new media to increase awareness and visibility.

3. Ghonim’s views on cyberspace are noteworthy: “I am not a people person in the typical sense. I would rather communicate with people online than spend alot of time visiting them or going out to places in a group. I much prefer using email to the telephone. In short, I’m a real-life introvert yet an Internet extrovert.” I know people (like my dad) that feel we’re a lost generation, that we prefer to cower behind a keyboard because we’re unwilling or unable to interact with each other. Well, you can believe Ghonim’s words about being an introvert, or you can check out the picture above. He might not be comfortable in that public role, but he certainly tolerated the moment! That’s because he knew the stakes. We’re using new media because of its power and ease, but those of us moving the needle are doing “in-person” too.

It’s a great interview. Read the story and listen to NPR’s audio broadcast here. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.


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