As part of our mission to bring our Ingredients for Good™ to life, we've been working with Pitchfork to encourage more people to share their love of pets. This came to life as the Pets Rock hub, a place where anyone can upload a picture of the pet that impacts their life for the better. To get people inspired, we partnered with some of our favorite designers to create posters around the idea of pets, well, rocking. Get to know our partner designers, and then visit the Pets Rock hub and upload your own photo.
Katie Kirk, Eight Hour Day
Katie Kirk is a graphic designer and illustrator living and working in San Francisco, California. Together with her husband, Nathan Strandberg, they started Eight Hour Day, a multi-disciplinary design boutique, with clients including Target, the New York Times, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and Wired.
Here's what Katie has to say about pets:
"I love dogs. Short ones, long ones, tall ones, fluffy, not fluffy, playful, sleepy-whatever! One of my favorite things to do is to head over to the dog park with my dog Eli and just watch all the other pups that are there. As an illustrator I'm fascinated by all the different shapes and sizes-and personalities, oh the personalities. If you've ever owned a dog you know that, like us, each is unique and special. They are our comedians, cohorts and cuddlers-truly man's, and woman's, best friend." Check out Katie's children's book, Eli, No!
Brent Couchman is an independent graphic designer based in sunny San Francisco, California. After leaving his homeland of the Lone Star State -where he developed branding, packaging & illustration for Fossil - Brent moved to the Bay Area to work with Hatch design. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, Print Graphis, The Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design, and most recently ADC Young Guns 9.
Tad Carpenter is an illustrator, designer and teacher based in Kansas City, Missouri. He's provided work for companies like Target, Macy's, Chronicle Books, Adobe, Land of Nod and MTV, as well as written and illustrated several children's books. As he says, "Sadly none of them are about pets just yet."
Here's what Tad has to say about the pets in his life:
"My entire life I grew up having a dog. I was convinced as a kid my dog would play with my toys at night while I slept. I am sure if I had 2 dogs and 3 cats they would wake up at night and have band practice as I slept, only to go on and form a super group traveling the country to sold-out pounds from sea to sea." So, what does he think Pets Rocking might look like? "Chihuahuas, Poodles, Siamese and Shorthairs would howl and purr to the sweet sounds of this pet powerhouse. But like most pets, they would grow hungry and remember who fed them and who hugged them tight. Each would of course sneak back home just in time for breakfast. Rarely will there ever be a better friend than a friend with 4 legs."
We believe fun, quirky, surprising design is just another way to bring our Ingredients for Good to life. Head over to the Pets Rock hub and share a photo of your favorite dog or cat. Together, we can make our love of pets contagious.
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