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Squeeze by Creative Zumo. April 2009

Graphic design is growing green. Like other citizens of the world, graphic designers have been looking for ways to lessen their environmental impact. In addition, our industry serves as a link between businesses and the public, giving us the opportunity to promote Earth friendly values in both directions. The graphic design field is essentially about communication after all, so graphic designers have a greater-than-average influence on the public at large. A movement called Design Can Change unites graphic designers under the common color of green. Creative Zumo has taken its pledge to incorporate green practices into our mindset and business endeavors.

green efforts easy being green?  

Less Printing and a Smaller Footprint
By nature, graphic design is a paper-intensive business. Our projects can generate flurries of drafts and mockups. But Creative Zumo is moving over to electronic versions whenever possible. We prefer e-mailing PDFs over faxing hard copies. We have embraced digital signatures and online invoicing. The use of paper cannot entirely be avoided, but our recycle bin runneth over, while our trash can fills up very slowly.

The two principles of Creative Zumo live close to the office for short commute times, and we frequently walk or bike to work. The office itself, called Snug Workspace, is a shared studio that pools resources among several professionals. This set-up creates a smaller office footprint. And Snug itself was lovingly renovated, “recycled” so to speak, from the remains of an old bar, while its doors and windows were reclaimed from salvage yards. Additionally, the double-hung windows let in ample natural light and are opened in nice weather to save on energy costs. (Extra workstations at Snug have become available.)

Our Clients Contribute
Part of graphic design going green entails helping clients be green on their end. In order to cut down on waste, we assist clients in figuring out goals and target audiences as concretely as possible when first beginning a project. Especially for print pieces, we like to encourage the smart use of resources. Choosing to print on paper with high post-consumer content completes the recycling chain, and it tends to cost only a few pennies more than non-recycled choices. We ask clients to make sure mailing lists are up to date and to print only what is needed. (Boxes of extra brochures stored under desks don’t benefit anyone.) Meanwhile, digital print-on-demand technology makes small print runs practical. On a more conceptual level, Creative Zumo likes to brainstorm with clients about how a print piece can serve a variety of organizational functions and maintain a long shelf life. Transferring some pieces to the digital realm—websites, e-mail blasts, and downloadable PDFs—means we can frequently avoid paper altogether.

Many of these steps may seem minor, but collectively, green actions add up. If they’re easy and affordable, why not do them?

new work the fruit of our labor

Creative Zumo is proud to show off some of our recent client work. Visit our website to see what we’ve done for:
Stay Local! – a New Orleans non-profit that encourages consumers to patronize local businesses
Metro – an organization that aids victims of domestic violence
La Boca – a steakhouse taking its inspiration from Buenos Aires
Scout – a women’s boutique selling designer clothing and distinctive accessories

blog nectar of the blogs

Want more to squeeze? Creative Zumo has launched a new blog, Nectar, that includes thoughts and observations outside the scope of our newsletters. Take a look at

Copyright and Trademark to be squeezed

Copyright and Trademark
What’s with those little ®’s and ™’s you see attached to logos everywhere? Our next Squeeze will let you know.

creative zumo - branding and communication design
Creative Zumo develops powerful and effective visual identities for small to mid-sized businesses and not-for-profits. Branding work includes visual identity, logo design, website design, print advertisements, brochures, and much more. Contact us to see how we can help your business stand out from the competition.