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It's about design

My name is Kate Duncan-Welke, and I am a graphic and web designer interested in incorporating sustainability into everything I create. This website acts as an online porfolio, containing samples of my best pieces in a variety of mediums ranging from the digital to traditional forms. I offer various types of freelance work, primarily in the areas of web and graphic design, and can readily work either remotely or locally.

Feel free to browse different areas of the site, or visit the contact page for information on freelance work or read the about section to find out more on me.

Or, check out the new blog I am adding, where I will supply updates on projects currently in progress, and generally chat about design and sustainability as thoughts, news, or articles come my way.

And sustainability

As defined by the American Society of Interior Designers, sustainable design is "design that goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time and on budget. It is a design that cares about how such goals are achieved, about its effect on people and on the environment. An environmentally responsible professional makes a commitment to constantly try to find ways to diminish design's impact on the world around us."

Although this definition in particular may be focused on sustainable design's application to built interior spaces, the concepts it expresses are universal. Part of this change involves a re-evaluation of all aspects of lifestyle - from how you use water and electricity to which products you buy or how often you travel. In moving towards sustainable design I am addressing but one facet of the problem, but I hope that this shift will encourage others to consider sustainability in a more universal light.

Sustainability throughout all aspects of design and life is becoming increasingly necessary as time wears on, and is key to society becoming more environmentally conscious and proactive. I aim to incorporate elements of sustainable design into my works and subject matter, and am attentive to the impacts of effective green design around me. These values and ideas are ones I wish to carry forward as I continue my work as an artist, designer, and environmentally conscious individual.

Sustainability had been just a dream that lay far off in the future in past decades. But that future has arrived now.

Sustainability considerations

  • Green-energy powered website hosting
  • Environmentally safe inks
  • Recycled paper products for print
  • Energy Star certified electronics
  • Eliminate extraneous files (reducing server space may reduce number of servers needed, and therefore energy consumption)
  • Consider environmental impact of print versus electronic distribution of information (ink use versus electricity usage)
  • Unplug vampires - items like cell phone chargers that pull electricity even when not in use
  • Low-energy consumption lighting
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