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Caroline Boudreaux

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December 8, 8:00am • USAA Design Studio • part of a series on Context

Our global theme for November is #CMdeath. Death has inspired humanity since time immemorial, influencing ideologies and storytelling to our understanding of life and how we live it.

To our ancient ancestors, the fear of death was a palpable and daily motivator. Although our world is infinitely safer than it was centuries ago, we are still driven by the fear of death and we expertly attribute it to even the smallest events: traffic, deadlines, a mistake, public speaking, your boss’s name on your caller ID on a Saturday.

What we have done well as a species is leverage the fear of death to inspire achievements that seemed impossible, to create work that needed to be made, and to discover insights that help us live well.

This month’s global exploration of Death was chosen by our Miami chapter and illustrated by 2016 Adobe Creative Resident Syd Weiler. Thank you to our global partners — Adobe, MailChimp,, and Shutterstock — for their support.

Our co-founder, Brian Thompson (@BrandWriter) turns 45 years old today! And he’s dedicated his birthday to raising money for E4 Youth to help fund their programs that bridge the gap between underserved youth and creative careers.

Wish him a happy birthday by making a donation at

This month’s global exploration of Pioneer is chosen by our Denver chapter, illustrated by John Vogl, and presented by MailChimp.

Pioneers shatter expectations, widen boundaries, and reveal new possibilities in life. Whether the work was inspired from being on a ship or inside of a studio, pioneers act on their internal, immutable desires to create work that matters.You might be on the edge of pioneering something new; only time and your relentless drive to create against all odds will determine that. We look towards pioneers to bring us to new discoveries, domains, and knowledge about ourselves.We’re looking at you. 

Our monthly global theme for September is COMPASSION. 

Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out.

The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.

When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion.

This month’s global exploration of Compassion is presented by Shutterstock. The theme was chosen by our Helsinki chapter and illustrated by Sami Viljanto.

SXSW Panel Picker: Community Voting Aug 7 - Aug 25

We love when Austin welcomes the world to SXSW… almost as much as we love putting a spotlight on the local talent that makes our community so inspiring.
Please take a few minutes to vote for these SXSW PanelPicker submissions: 


Jen Spencer - What to Do When the ‘Sexy’ Wears Off: 

Richard Garriott - Overhead Transit: Cable, Hyperloop, PRT & Drones:

Kate Niederhoffer - Robot meets Freud: bots in mental health: 

Carl Hooker - #FailFest - A Learnshop on Risk-Taking: 


Brian Thompson - How to Build a Minimum Viable Brand & Maximum Love:

Alexis Puchek - Commanding Respect As The Only Woman In The Room:

Bree Fowler - How We Broke the Billion $$$ Ad Industry:  


Andrew Buck - How to Craft a New Identity for Your Organization: 

Meghan Williams - Can Ethical Fashion Become the New Norm?: 

Erin Feldman - How to Tell Stories When Everyone’s a Storyteller:
How Art Invites Us to Look, Wonder, and Converse:

Richard Anderson - Are designers becoming the new activists? 

Colin Wallis - Un-paving Paradise: Revitalizing Urban Green Space 

Levy Architects - Critical Regionalism and the City of the Future 


We hope to add some soon.

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