This semester an Industrial Design studio at Auburn University will be working on a product that I initiated while living in London. We are all excited about developing an innovative product as well as bringing stimulus to an economically deprived area of Alabama. This project, an innovation in eyewear, will be used to chart a course for other product developments. In addition I am working with the Small Business Development in Auburn.
I am Michelle French and this is my third Hope Flies, Catch the Cure event as graphic designer. The event benefits the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) and I have had the privilege to design brochures, event branding, posters and banners for the event. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into treatments of the many forms of mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial disease strikes all ages, races and genders, and mitochondrial dysfunction is related to many well-known diseases including Alzheimer’s, Autism, Parkinson’s and chronic fatigue among others. This cause is dear to me as I have family members and friends connected through many health issues to mitochondrial disease. Now through September 20, I am offering to donate 10% of all design fees from projects commissioned by FMM friends.
I also wanted to give you the scoop on a wonderful new turn my career is taking. When my relationship with the Foundation began, I was living in London. Last year my visa expired and I returned to the States. I thought at the time it was temporary, but God laughed at my plans. With a group of other professional creatives (writers, designers, marketeers), I am forming a new firm called ThistleWork Studios. In addition to graphic design and marketing support, I will be joined by industrial designers so that we can develop both our own products and client products. We are also planning an extension with a prototyping lab.
We are located in the outskirts of the Atlanta area, just over the state line in Roanoke, AL, but that just means our allergies are minimal and we have more energy to work. We can meet you at your convenience at your office or a coffee shop of your choice. If you want to drive out to see us, we can entertain you on Lake Wedowee or by driving a little further, Lake Martin.
I can custom tailor a portfolio for you to peruse, as I have posted far less on this site than my career has entailed, and will soon feature work from the industrial designers and engineers who have not left their day jobs yet. We are starting to build the website ThistleWorkStudios.com so I probably won’t be updating this one much.
You can reach me at 404 661 9474 or email email@example.com
Today, an interview with Edward Daniel, was published in the Busibuddies newsletter and can be heard here.