Adventurous Design

For the Mission Driven

DesignEgg is a charitable initiative of Wickstrom Design and a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. Through the generosity of individual donors via Kickstarter and a matching gift from its founders, Andy and Jess Wickstrom, DesignEgg spent 2014-15 traveling the nation and delivering over $25,000 worth of in-kind creative services to nonprofit organizations, artists, and entrepreneurs in need.

Another year of free-range design. In 2016, with $10,000 raised from donors and a $5,000 pledge from Wickstrom Design, DesignEgg was able to grant $15,000 in Creative Service Awards to six additional nonprofit organizations. Award recipients received design, photography, and website services that enhanced their marketing efforts and freed-up resources for core programs. Meet the 2016 recipients.

Months on the Road: 24 75%
Creative Services Awarded = $42,608 100%
Projects Completed = 29 100%

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Award recipients apply online and are selected by an outside committee based on the excellence of their organization, the extent to which their work helps others, and financial need. We also accept DesignEgg Over-Easy applications from individuals and small businesses. Successful applicants receive creative services at no charge—designers are compensated by a community-funded model, which relies on donations from individuals and organizations.

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FREE-RANGE DESIGN

Andy and Jess are both designers and adventure seekers who’ve long dreamed of traveling the country and working from a mobile office. But that’s not the only reason they decided to take DesignEgg on the road. They want to meet the people they work with, visit inspiring institutions, and introduce new audiences to their community-funded design model. Watch a short video that captures the spirit of their first year on the road.

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2016 RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED!

In 2016, DesignEgg is focusing our work on small and mid-size non-profits. Organizations from across the country applied and we are able to offer awards to six of them. Our committee evaluated each applicant based on overall excellence, community reach, financial need, and potential impact of a DesignEgg award. Although these organizations operate with small budgets, their work benefits more than 250,000 people annually. Learn more.

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Project Backers
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Award Recipients

Andy and Jess Wickstrom

The Designers

Andy Wickstrom

Co-Founder

Andy Wickstrom is a multimedia designer specializing in print design, lettering, and photography. He received a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2002. He began his professional practice working as a studio assistant and painter for muralist Christiaan Pretorius. In 2005, he became enamored with the coffee industry and went to work for Intelligentsia, a Chicago-based specialty coffee roaster where he served as Senior Designer until 2014. Andy’s personal photography work can also be found at wickstromphoto.com.

Jess Mott Wickstrom

Co-Founder

Jess Mott Wickstrom is a designer, curator, and arts administrator. She received a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from St. Olaf College and a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago. Jess began her career working on public art projects as assistant to curator Mary Jane Jacob. Prior to joining Lillstreet Art Center as Gallery Director from 2011-2014, she worked as a program coordinator for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs where she assisted in the production of theater and performance art events at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park.

WICKSTROM DESIGN

Wickstrom Design founders and principal artists Andy and Jess Wickstrom have been working independently and collaboratively on a range of projects for artists, arts organizations, universities, small businesses, and record labels since 2003. Formerly based in Chicago, they are currently traveling the nation with their new initiative, DesignEgg. Some of their clients include: Bosch USAThe School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, The Ravi Shankar Foundation/East Meets West Music, Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, and CAMP USA. View their portfolio at WickstromDesign.com.

Wickstrom Design is a proud member of AIGA, the professional association for design.

Selections from the Portfolio

Our Work

Ali Akbar College of Music

Ali Akbar College of Music

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Imagination Theater

Imagination Theater

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The Sand Hill

The Sand Hill

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The Curriculum of Cuisine

The Curriculum of Cuisine

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Leah Bowring

Leah Bowring

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Pasand

Pasand

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Colorado Water Trust

Colorado Water Trust

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Ali Akbar College of Music

Ali Akbar College of Music

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Leah Bowring

Leah Bowring

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Montana Wilderness School

Montana Wilderness School

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Collective Auxiliary

Collective Auxiliary

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OIWC

OIWC

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Where is the Egg?

Wisconsin