I’m a founding member of Design Action Collective, a worker owned cooperative design studio in Oakland that is dedicated to “serving the Movement”. I’m very lucky to be able to do what I do best (graphic design) for the people and organizations I respect the most (the Movement) towards that what is most important to me (meaningful social change).
Normally I restrict myself to working with efforts by organizations towards tangible goals. But if it’s not obvious, I’m also the father of a two year old. So having an ABC book that reflected my values and was fun to read became very important. We live in a wonderful cohousing community in North Oakland (we call it the Orchard). My son is the youngest of the 8 kids who have all been coming up together in our community. The eldest is now 12, so while Arief is our first, I’ve been reading kids books for a while. But now that it’s every night and every morning, suddenly this book has became a priority.
A is for Activist was my first children’s book.