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Coffee, brainstorming, future talk with @wvfree 🔥🔥🔥in the new elk city @meacuppacoffee - the former Duchess Bakery building, run by our friend and neighbor, Vinnu! Celebrating the Love Your Birth Control education initiative we launched last year for birth control providers in Appalachia. Stay tuned for more on it soon! Hi Monday we here. ( 📸 by @wvfree)
Published on Apr 23, 2019
Maram ( @maramoushmoush ) just joined our MAKESHOP space in West Virginia to cowork- so excited to work alongside her as she dreams up sustainable green space design around West Virginia. This woman knows her plants. Check out more of her work @maramoushmoush ! #makeshop #lookingatappalachia #elkcitywv #cowork #designlife #creativecommunity
Published on Apr 22, 2019
What have we been up to? So glad you asked. 😎 Liz here to tell ya last year we opened up our studio to the community for MAKESHOP and had some incredibly good times. This year MAKESHOP is taking a new shape- we’re collaborating with the the kids at Boys & Girls Club for a summer of design + coding workshops in our studio, and though we miss our empty storefront full of possibility, we have some sweet new neighbors, @vandaliadonutco moving in next door AND that’s not all! 👀 We’re officially opening our MESH space for COWORKING! So come join us — Drop in for the day, the month, or go big with a dedicated desk! Drop-ins are $20 daily with bottomless coffee and v good WiFi! Monthly floating starts around $50 and comes with a side of camaraderie 😉, and your very own dedicated desk and 24/7 access starts at $200. We’re trying to craft some creative community in a new way and we’re trying to keep it accessible! ➡️ Interested? Drop us a line or DM us. Spread the word. Talk soon! 💙 #gotowv #lookingatappalachia #elkcitywv #gotocwv #creativecommunity #coworking #appalachianfuture
Published on Apr 17, 2019
Megan, Liz, Tameika, and Michelle all taught digital workshops last week on storytelling and the new DIYdocs app to creative placemaking folks across the country- from San Francisco to Miami to Detroit- for our friends at @artplaceamerica ! So inspired by so many awesome stories and so many creative leaders using their art practice to transform, revive, preserve, heal and celebrate their home places. See you at the @artplaceamerica Summit in May? #creativeplacemaking #storytelling
Published on Apr 08, 2019
Almost Friday so we celebrating because Liz is here, spring is here, animal spirit cards are here 🦒🐊🐋
Published on Apr 05, 2019
Our heart flutters every time we get to work with Nancy and the @jqdsalt team to bring another Appalachian product to all of you! so happy to custom design all their packaging and illustration on this brine and bring a new color into the mix. After years of development this Appalachian Brine Mix of salt, organic sugar, local dried chilies, cracked pepper, and assorted herbs is now on shelves! Support #appalachianmade 🙌 #appalachianfarming #gotowv #farmfuture [📷 by @jqdsalt]
Published on Apr 02, 2019
Progress sketch of our illustration work for our friends at @wild_friends for their #fuelherfuture campaign 👩🏼‍🌾👩🏽‍🏫👩🏾‍💼👩🏼‍⚖️🦸🏾‍♀️👩🏻‍🔬👩🏽‍🚀. Because we believe that female friendship, female support systems, and more female leadership, will change the world. Starting with @girlsinc and programs like them! And because, we love to draw. #femalefuture creative team: illustration by @meganpage copywriting by @kayla.w.young type and design by @dreiercat digital by @tameikamaria 💫
Published on Mar 30, 2019
Our little Elk City neighborhood is growing and we’re so thrilled to see a food truck and our favorite made-from-scratch donut company become a brick and mortar! It seems like just yesterday we were designing your donut logo and sweet black bear, and now this! It was a privilege and honor to paint this little bear we illustrated on your storefront this weekend. ❤️Welcome to the neighborhood @vandaliadonutco 🍩❤️ #elkcitywv #donutlove
Published on Mar 11, 2019
Here’s to more females in leadership. #happinternationalwomensday #lookingatappalachia
Published on Mar 09, 2019
Spending our #InternationalWomensDay inspired and awed by Wild Friends Foods (@wild_friends) ⭐️ We love working with women-led companies and are proud to have designed and illustrated Fuel Her Future, launching today at #expowest2019 in California! Fuel Her Future gives 1% of all Wild Friends sales to help women and girls achieve their dreams, starting with @girlsinc of the Pacific Northwest 🎉 We’re honored to work with the team at Wild Friends and excited about all the collaborations in our future! Happy International Women’s Day y’all 💎 (which should pretty much be everyday, let’s be real) 💕
Published on Mar 08, 2019
Artists know having a web presence is vital but creating your own site can be scary. We broke down that barrier at the @claycenter — teaching artists to build their own portfolio sites 💻 Would you take a workshop at Makeshop to learn how to create your portfolio site? 🤔
Published on Feb 27, 2019
Calling all creatives— if you want to build your own website to showcase your work, we’re teaching a workshop TUES NIGHT at the CLAY CENTER - 2 hours of pure joy and goodness- our team will help you set up a square space website !! BYO photos of your work and you could walk out with a functioning portfolio website! 3 spots left — Just $25 for the whole class-- link in profile y’all. Get registered and see us Tuesday 🤗🤗🤗 #claycenter #webdesign #artistcall @claycenter @bossbabeswv
Published on Feb 24, 2019
Mentoring individuals as the pursue and reach their goals gets us excited sooooo we’d like to introduce you to our two cool x talented interns! First up, meet Jacob. He’s learning the ropes at our CWV studio. Born and raised in Appalachia, Jacob is into random road trips, mental health advocacy work, and meeting new people in the community. Next, meet Harry. He’s interning at our BKNY studio. Born and raised in Shanghai until he was 14, he then moved to Rochester. Harry is passionate about sports, photography, and solo world travels. We can’t wait to see where their talents take them! 😎✨🎶 #intern #design #brightyoungminds
Published on Feb 22, 2019
Career Day at Edgewood Elementary! Talking to 4th and 5th graders about what it means to be a women-led business, logo design, color theory, making things that aren’t good so you can make things that get better, starting small and dreaming big, using your skills to change the world. We even ran into our friend Durrel Miller, and got to listen in on his career day stories. When we talked about the @wvfree logo, one class all shared their perspectives on the rainbow color theory- interpreting a rainbow as lots of different colors and sizes coming together to make something totally new and beautiful. #strongertogether #lookingatappalachia 🌈
Published on Feb 21, 2019
Rainy days are for cozy couch coworking with your studiomates ☂️💻🧦
Published on Feb 12, 2019
JOIN US!! 💻 For the Professional Practices for Artists workshop series at the @claycenter, Juliet Art Museum. MESH's Liz and Shaun will be instructing a web design session TUE/FEB 26th -- They'll be speaking about the importance of a web presence and walking students step-by-step through developing an artist website. 🤩 >> Link in Profile for more info<<
Published on Feb 07, 2019
Morning inspo found while walking to get coffee in our West side neighborhood by the oh-so-talented @keepthingsgolden 🐯➿🔆 #elkcitywv
Published on Feb 07, 2019
Y'all. Makeshop Winter Open Studio ends today and we're hella sad, but looking back on all of the great events that have been hosted here in the past few weeks, we're so proud of and grateful for all the creative, industrious folks who've brought their ideas and passions into Makeshop and created some truly unique events. #. We do this project to give back to the creative community that has always supported us, but we struggle to give more than we receive from you amazing change makers in CWV. Every event fills us up with good vibes and hope for the future 💙💙 #. Special shout-outs to our recent hosts: @domenicazqueen who's ColorInn pop-up drawing studio still lifes blow us away every time // Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County & AmeriCorps' Erin McGrath who's Beloved Community panel discussion brought together leaders from all over the city to meditate on how to make Charleston a more beloved community // Women's Health Center of WV, @bossbabeswv, @queerappalachia & @travelinappalachiansrevue who taught us how to put together a zine, abortion activist style, celebrating access to reproductive healthcare in WV // and @dottiethepsychic who told us Native American stories about Grandmother Spider and taught us to make beautiful dreamcatchers celebrating that myth. #. Stay tuned for what's next out of Makeshop! Don't worry - we're not going anywhere. We'd miss y'all too much. 😘💙 #creativecommunity #goodbyefornow
Published on Jan 30, 2019
Are you looking for the 😎 VI-Tea ☕ experience? Join us tomorrow evening 6-8 at Makeshop for tea and adult coloring pages with @appalachian_tea. Buy your tickets now via the link below for as low as $5 to get access to some primo tea and support a local small business! 📷 cred @appalachian_tea ~~~~~
Published on Jan 29, 2019
🖤”We are of the beloved community. We are small and not flawless, but the beloved community exists right here in this room. . In West Virginia it’s time to say —This is fertile ground, we’re going to hold your hand and lead the way.” #. Thanks for the amazing conversation to all the panelists @jennpharrcharlestoncitycouncil Councilwoman Jennifer Pharr, Civil Engineer Isaac Fadiga (calling both wv and the Ivory Coast home), local west-sider Mavery Davis of Cooperative Central Appalachia, @ywcausa’s Jennifer Goddard, Reverend John Sylvia, @covenant_house wv Asst. Director David Bennet, @recoverypointwv Jennie Hill, and @acluwv ED Joseph Cohen— for your empathy, your work in our community, and your good trouble. #. Special thanks to Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County for organizing this panel talk and book drive in honor of Dr. King’s Beloved Community. Humbled to host conversations like these at #makeshop. #. Dr. King envisioned “the Beloved Community as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one's fellow human beings. ... Fundamental to the concept of the Beloved Community is inclusiveness, both economic and social.” #lookingatappalachia #therealwestvirginia #belovedcommunity
Published on Jan 24, 2019

MESH’s J.Q.Dickinson Salt-Works branding and packaging wins a 2014 Regional Design Annual Award in New York!

Check out page 169 of this year’s PRINT Magazine Regional Design Annual to find our J. Q. Dickinson Salt-Works branding and Packaging as one of the best design pieces of 2014! So grateful they’ve featured this passion project of ours, and so grateful for all our collaborators on this project: Stephane Thomas (ThinkBox Media, printer), […]
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Published on Dec 30, 2014


Last fall we attended the AIGA conference in New York’s midtown to hear smart people talk about how graphic design can reinvent the world. Recently they came out with video tapings of alot of the amazing talks…. a few of our favorites coming soon. 
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Published on Sep 12, 2014

A Better World by Design

Inspirational “A Better World by Design” poster by designer Philippe Cao! Source: We can’t wait for the Better World X Design event this month! Hope to see you in Providence….
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Published on Aug 27, 2014

MESH at the UN Habitat World Urban Forum

  Megan giving a talk about her work with MESH on Graphic Design and Equity at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia  
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Published on Apr 09, 2014

Announcing the JQD Salt-Works Website!

We’re so pleased to be able to share with you a project that we’ve been working on this past year, the web presence for JQD Salt-Works. The project has been an exciting collaboration between so many talented people, with writing from Elizabeth Haddad, photography from Lauren Stonestreet, design and development work from our team here […]
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Published on Mar 06, 2014

Behind the Scenes with West Virginia Head Start

MESH Design and Development has been asked by the exceptional folks at West Virginia HeadStart to design a web experience to tell the amazing stories of a few families whose lives have been transformed by their partnership with the organization. Our friends and collaborators, Lauren Stonestreet and Elizabeth Haddad have been travelling around the state, […]
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Published on Feb 20, 2014

MESH in Print Magazine

We are very excited to be featured in the Print Magazine’s 2013 Regional Design Annual! The Mission Savvy Vegan Alphabet was chosen to represent the 2013 design trends of the South. A big thanks to Print, and to Jen at Mission Savvy for being such an awesome client and collaborator on this project! Click through […]
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Published on Jan 29, 2014

Sofia and Joelle speak on Parsons Communication Design Alumni Panel

Sofia and Joelle, part of the MESH design team here, took a field trip to their alma mater, Parsons the New School for Design to sit on an informal panel with several other recent alumni to speak on their experiences. They were asked, “what would you tell yourself this time a year ago, in the […]
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Published on Jan 28, 2014

12 CITIES in 12 MONTHS, our one year retrospect

Thanks to all over the past year to be a part of People Building Better Cities – YOU are the ones that made it all possible. Let us know if you want the show to come to your college campus or city; who knows where it will end up next!  
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Published on Jan 17, 2014

MESH in the Gazette

BIG HUGE THANKS to the The Charleston Gazette and Caitlin Cook for telling our story and really capturing what is important to our work. “Even though we both love design and technology, they are really just tools that help us improve quality of life for both the clients and communities we work with,” Bullock said. […]
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Published on Jan 05, 2014

Happy New Year from MESH

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Published on Jan 01, 2014

People Building Better Cities / New York in the works!

    Our People Building Better Cities Exhibition is circling back to it’s beginnings with our final opening at the AIA Center for Architecture this week! Hope to see you at the opening tomorrow night, or at one our curated talks around urban design over the next two weeks! Check out event details here!
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Published on Dec 02, 2013

Photographing Cleveland!

Just a normal early Monday morning at work — standing on ladders, on hospital rooftops, shooting helicopters in Cleveland! It’s great to be working with our talented photographer and friend Jenn Judkins this fall for America’s Essential Hospitals. She’s on her second stop for us in Cleveland at MetroHealth – with three more health systems to visit […]
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Published on Nov 04, 2013

MESH Takes Providence!

    Megan and Joelle of MESH were lucky to be able to attend this year’s A Better World by Design Conference at RISD and Brown in Providence. The conference brings together designers, thinkers, and innovators from all over the world to discuss socially conscious design and innovation. The weekend was an inspiring three-day extravaganza of […]
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Published on Oct 22, 2013

Boats and Beers Studio Warming!

Thanks to all of the friends of MESH who came out to our new Greenpoint studio last week to bring some life and cheer to the place, and to meet Josh! We loved hosting you all and hope you come back soon for even more boats and beers!
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Published on Oct 21, 2013


We are just getting settled into our new office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and long working hours are more tempting than ever with these sunsets out our window over the East River. It’s great to be back in an industrial space like our MESH studio in Charleston, and even greater to get back to biking to […]
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Published on Sep 20, 2013


So happy to be working with this great team of  SALT people out of Appalachia, especially the brother sister super-duo!! They are taking care to make sure every step of their production process is considered completely hand-harvested and as organic as possibly possible for salt… stay tuned for a product launch and brine salt in […]
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Published on Sep 15, 2013


We wanted to send out a special thank you to Greenspaces NY, for making us part of it’s coworking family over the past year. We have been so lucky to meet so many bright, talented, insightful people doing good work here, to work with many of them, and to really feel part of the community. […]
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Published on Sep 04, 2013

New Brand Launch: America’s Essential Hospitals

We were happy to launch new branding for America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly NAPH) at their national conference last week! Laura and I had the good fortune to attend their annual gala in Florida, complete with new branding; we only wish Josh could have joined us! It’s been a great journey working with their organization and […]
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Published on Jun 25, 2013


A special thanks to our super-intern, Monica, who rocked out in her time with us. Hard to see her go, but she’s off to open her own tech start-up and we can wish her nothing but the best. Watch out for this talented girl as she constantly pushes herself to take on whatever challenge she […]
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Published on Jun 20, 2013

Welcome new designer, Joelle!

We’re happy to have Joelle Riffle, recent Parsons graduate on board as our newest designer. Be sure to check out her design work, including her BFA thesis, Clio: a toolkit for change.
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Published on Jun 12, 2013

People Building Better Cities — Nairobi

People Building Better Cities opened another exhibition in Nairobi last week! Check out the process above we’ve put together to talk about the interconnectedness of the inclusive design process— a choose your own adventure. The Nairobi exhibition will be up through July 7th. Follow exhibition events here, and please stop by if you can! To […]
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Published on Jun 11, 2013

People Building Better Cities — Johannesburg, South Africa

The People Building Better Cities exhibition opened in Johannesburg last month! It will be showing through July 26. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area!  Follow the talks and events surrounding the exhibition here, and join the conversation on urban development.
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Published on Jun 01, 2013

New Design for Children’s Museum of New York

So happy to launch the new homepage design for the Children’s Museum of New York! In love with their new museum space, their summer programming on Governor’s Island, and their limitless support urging children to push their creative boundaries.
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Published on May 28, 2013

People Building Better Cities – Sydney, Australia

  The People Building Better Cities exhibition opened in Sydney, Australia last week at the Customs House! It’s showing from April 12- May 12 so check it out if you are in the area!  Follow all the talks and events surrounding the exhibition here, and join the conversation on urban development here. Next stop — Johannesburg, […]
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Published on Apr 23, 2013


While we love co-working at Greenspaces in New York, we also love being a part of Charleston’s digiso project. Make sure to check out their workshops!
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Published on Apr 04, 2013

Third Eye Cabaret

Sketch for Web Theater’s Third Eye Cabaret identity design. Can’t wait to attend one of these weekly happenings in Charleston!
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Published on Mar 28, 2013

Book Covers

Draft book cover design for Topwonks.
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Published on Mar 21, 2013

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