What a year it has been. On January 1, 2020, who could have imagined what was ahead of us. The pandemic, protests, and politics have weighed heavily on us all. There has never been a more critical time to find ways to come together to bring out the best in humanity.
As a designer I pondered what I could do to counter the negativity. All I had to do was look across my desk to my cork board. I have had one since college. My colleague at the media center where I worked and I used to design little notes and cards and post them on each other's boards—something I always treasured. Unfortunately, I lost touch with John, but I think I still have one or two of his cards in a box somewhere over 30 years later.
As I looked at my current board, I saw a handwritten note that one of my son's first grade classmates wrote to me. It simply said, "You Rock". I volunteered in his classrooms when he was younger and always tried to create some memorable activity for the kids around the holidays. Obviously, my efforts had an impact on this student, but her appreciation was equally important to me because 10 years later that note is still on my board. It reminds me that all that extra effort we put forth matters.
I also used to volunteer as a team parent for my son's baseball teams, and for each of the boys on the team I would create tags for their baseball bags. One year one of the moms told me her son was so happy he was on my son's team because that meant he was going to get a bag tag. I loved that story because it showed how a small gesture can mean so much. And yes, a couple of those tags reside on my board as well.
Another tag I saved was from a gift a colleague gave me. It was bright yellow and says, "You're awesome". Simple statement, but the fact that she thought to give that to me was incredibly meaningful.
So, what better way to spread kindness than with a small card. The Kindness Cards that I designed are bright and cheerful with positive messages that can be shared with anyone—small phrases that can have big meaning. The graphics (an exclamation mark, shamrock, heart, flower and star) woven into the border embellishments correspond to the messaging where appropriate. And on the back, I added a decorative pattern, because I love how patterns show that the repetition of one small element creates something greater and even more beautiful than that one thing on its own.
While these stories are the inspiration behind the design of my Kindness Cards, they also illustrate the purpose. Sometimes a small piece of paper acknowledging someone's effort, attitude or struggle can make all the difference in the world to them. If we each spread just a little kindness every day, someone may just treasure one of those cards far longer than you ever thought, and those small gestures may just end up having a much bigger impact than you could ever have imagined.
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