After the devastating floods that have hit Texas, I can’t help but be in awe of the immediate and selfless outreach of the design community. I already knew that artists and designers in Austin and elsewhere were so close with each other, but these events have really shown how much of a family we are. Here are some examples of neighborly love that I’ve noticed.
Jay Sauceda, a photographer here in Austin, along with his wife Priscilla run an online shop called Texas Humor, a shop full of fun and well-designed Texas themed apparel. On May 26th, the Tuesday after the Memorial Day weekend flash floods, Jay and Priscilla announced they would be “donating 100% of profits from [their] company today to flood victims. $10k has been raised so far.”
Texan Designer, Emily Harris, does collage art using recycled magazine paper and stated on the 27th on her Facebook that 20% of her art proceeds would be going towards Central Texas flood relief.
The site Airbnb has an entire page dedicated to Disaster Response. Here, users can offer up their space for free to those that have been displaced by the floods. All service fees are waived if they check in between May 26, 2015 and Jun 09, 2015.
This isn’t the first time that artists and designers have helped out by selling their work. Help Ink‘s whole business is selling arts to contribute to global causes.
It only takes a few seconds to look online and see how designers are helping their communities.