“In a normal world, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day would see countless projects and initiatives launching to promote us all to make a change in our lives to impact the environment for the better. The current crisis, however, has changed the context. This year’s Earth Day took a different tone, and a different format online, with one of the largest and most globally unifying projects of the day borne out of New Zealand titled — Mate Act Now.”
In response to the 2019/20 Australian bushfires, and recontextualised by the global outbreak of COVID-19, https://mateactnow.com is a co-ordinated response of over 200 designers from some of the world’s top creative studios to drive climate action.
We know that a poster in itself can't affect change. It is people’s actions that will make a difference. So if the world’s reaction to COVID-19 dispels any doubt we have about our ability to act when needed, the question now is: do we have the willpower to act against this?
Chris’s career has taken him from one side of the world to the other and back again.
Over the years, he’s taken underwater selfies to encourage people to swim more and created shadows of Giacometti's artworks to sell out exhibitions. He rebranded Christmas for one of New Zealand’s top magazines, and he may be the first person ever to get the design community to embrace Comic Sans (much to the dismay of all involved) to help fight cancer. His current passion project uses a “digital protest” to create awareness of the ongoing need for climate action.
He met his now wife while climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and, in 2006, spent a year of his life facing down his fears — by doing two things a week that took him out of his comfort zone. He’s run the London Marathon and appeared on ITV's Dinner date (to prove that Kiwi males can cook).
At the heart of all his work is an honest simplicity and a love for the craft. His ideas have been featured in everything from Mashable to Creative Review. His designs have graced the walls of the Mexican Museum of Design (MUMEDI) and the OFF Festival in Barcelona. He regularly writes, judges and talks (too much) about design.