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Calling all Designers: Design for Good

You are what you wear. Make it count. Join our Design for Good Program.

We are honored to have helped raise over $1,450,000 for important charities by selling t-shirts. We're proud of what we've done but want to do much more and we need your help.

Calling all designers and illustrators who want to do good by designing for good. Make your creativity count.

We're looking for designers and illustrators who are great at what they do, have a cause (or several) that's close to their heart and interested in making a difference with us.

Here's how our Design for Good program works:

Design for good program. Create designs and illustrations for good causes.

You choose a non-profit category you're passionate about. Maybe you care about women's health, the environment or animal welfare. We want you to care so your design reflects your passion.

Design for Good Program. How it works.

Then you design a t-shirt that "speaks" to that category. You're not restricted by brand guidelines and won't be held back by having to incorporate logos. You get to be as creative as you can be while designing a killer concept that will support fundraising for a non-profit category of your choice.

Design for Good Program: Create design and illustrations for t-shirts for a cause important to you.

Next you submit your design and upon completion of registration and approval of each unique design, Ink to the People will advance you $50 against royalties on future sales. Ink reserves the right to your design for 6 months upon approval. There's no restriction to the number of designs you can submit, but we can't guarantee all of them will be approved.

Finally, we post the shirt for sale in our soon-to-be re-launched e-commerce retail store. You'll be paid $1.00 per shirt sold beyond the first 50.

Got a bright idea for a cause or charity related t-shirt? Calling all designers and illustrators.

You will also be able to create a profile on our site telling site visitors all about you and your interests. This page will showcase all of your current designs for sale and you can even link to a personal site to help build up a fan-base.

If this sounds interesting to you or a designer or illustrator you know, we'd love to hear from you. Submit your work on this page and we'll be in touch!

Design for Good: Stop Bullying

While most kids aren’t exactly thrilled to be going back to homework, tests and sitting in class as the school year starts, for some kids the biggest fears lie in the hallways or on social media where other kids are harassing them. With more exposure on the topic, parents and kids are more aware of the issue but bullying is still happening much too frequently.

Whether you’re a parent, sibling, teacher or entire school that has had to deal with bullying issues, there are plenty of organizations out there that can provide resources and tools to help work through the problems.

Design Inspiration for ideas to Stop Bullying

Rallying together to raise money for an organization that helps create safe school environments is a great reason to design a t-shirt and rally together as a team. The design could even be a school project!

Need some idea starters? Take a look at our Safe Schools Pinterest Board for inspiration. If you need additional design help, we’re here for you - give us a shout (888-862-2775) or drop a note. We can even suggest a few great anti-bullying organizations with which to work.

Just the way you are | design inspiration to help stop bullying tshirts

Milwaukee Film Festival 2014: Advanced Style

We are proud to be a part of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival as a Community Partner. We are sponsoring the film, Advanced Style, which explores the fashion sense of 7 memorable women between ages 62-95. Fashion and creativity takes form at any age and we're excited to be showcasing this film!

Watch the trailer:

And here's a little bit more about the film:

(USA / 2014 / Lina Plioplyte)

Following seven memorable women whose fashion sense is as advanced as their age, Lina Plioplyte captures these woment (with ages ranging from 62-95) in all of their eclectic glory. Each segment bursts with color and style to spare, capturing the independent spirit embodied by women who refuse to abide by our cultural standards of aging and beauty, remaining vital while challenging preconceived notions with each remarkable ensemble. Culled from New York street photographer Ari Seth Cohen's blog of the same name. Advanced Style is an exercise in self-expression, proving that growing old doesn't have to mean growing dull.

If you're in the Milwaukee area, you can see the documentary during the film festival on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, October 5 at 4:00 PM at Landmark Oriental Theatre
  • Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM at Fox-Bay Theater.

Advanced Style for Milwaukee Film Festival 2014 | Community Partner

If you are not in our area, check out the Advanced Style Film website for screening information near you.

About the Milwaukee Film and the Festival:

Mission: Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic. And it's at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a nonprofit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film has made it their mission to communicate all of this to the city they love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.

Vision: To create a film festival in Milwaukee that is locally beloved, internationally acclaimed, and a true forum for Milwaukee Film's diverse community; to offer year-round education programs for all ages, teaching the role and power of film in the modern media landscape; to provide strategic support to filmmakers and projects; and to do our part to make better the city that has made them better.

September 2014 Giving Back: Safe Schools for All

This month's cause: Supporting Anti-Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Youth

 

Giving Back to a top organization that works to provide safe schools for all students - Gay or Straight.

The start of another school year isn't necessarily a highly anticipated event for many students, especially for those that may be considered different by their peers because of their sexual orientation.

This month, we're giving back to an organization that works hard to ensure a safe and supportive school environment for all students whether they're gay or straight. We've designed a limited edition t-shirt, that will go on sale next week, to help support one of the top organizations dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.

While in recent years there has been a slight decline in hateful language, bullying and lgbt victimization, overall harrassment remains high.

Accept and Respect t-shirt to support anti-bullying for all students - gay or straight.

Here are a few key findings from one in-depth study:

  • 6 in 10 LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at a school because of their sexual orientation; 4 in 10 reported feeling unsafe at a school because of how they expressed their gender.
  • Sexual orientation and gender expression were the most common reasons LGBT students were harassed or assaulted at school.
  • LGBT students reported most commonly avoiding school bathrooms and locker rooms because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable in those spaces.
  • Less than half of LGBT students attended a school that had a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or similar student clubs that addressed LGBT issues in education.

Proceeds of our limited edition t-shirt sale will go to the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. They are dedicated to ensuring that every member of every school community is valued, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This organization works hard to ensure that LGBT students are free from bullying and harassment and have the support they need to safely learn and grow. Learn more...

Help us as we support the fight to stop bullying. Our exclusive t-shirt will go on sale on Friday, September 12th.

Sign up to receive a reminder email when the t-shirt goes on sale.

How our Giving Back Program works:

Each month, INK donates 10¢ of every single shirt that is sold through the site toward a monthly featured cause. Since October 2013, we have donated over $6,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.