More mid-review photos courtesy of Andy Franck:


Halfway Home

We’ve reached the half-way mark in this year’s design marathon! The teams are unveiling the products of a busy morning to an eager group of clients. Despite a stressful last minute printing push everyone is collaborating well and the clients all look very pleased. After this mid-review the designers will be back to the boards to finalize their designs for this evening. More news to come shortly…

Designers on the Move

If an hour is a lap, there are five laps to go! All ten teams are hard at work and preparing to meet with their non-profits for a review in the next hour. Stay tuned to see how much farther the teams have to go.

Ready Steady GO!

We kicked off the 3rd Annual Design Marathon this sunny morning.  Volunteers and Designers were warming up and stretching their creative muscles in preparation for the long day.  Serena Gruia and Mandy Burbage, wearing matching track suits, started the day off with an inspirational pep talk, and the designers ran off at the bang!

Designers will work all day for their non-profits, please keep checking on race results here!

The Story Behind The Design Marathon

When I was in high school we had an annual Dance Marathon. All the dancers (or wallflowers…it was high school) solicited pledges from family and friends to dance from 8pm-8am. The collected money was given to a nonprofit the students selected. We, the students, had a great time dancing, eating pizza at two o’clock in the morning and staying up all night with relatively few adults to keep tabs on us. At that time it was mostly about the fun of it, making a big donation to a nonprofit was a bonus.

Fast forward to January 2008, Charlottesville-Virginia, the Alloy team was talking about the work we do for nonprofits. We’ve worked pro-bono, reduced rate, and sometimes for season tickets – and we were sure others had too. We thought it would be cool to get a bunch of designers together to do what we would do anyway, but structure it in a way where we worked collaboratively, potentially across disciplines, all night long. The all-night part was nixed early on, but the concept was clear – The Design Marathon would be an event where designers could come together and take on design challenges with a 12 hour deadline, build a professional community of service-oriented designers, and use our design-powers for good to help our community.

This time around it’s still about the fun of it…but instead of shakin’ our moneymakers and eating pizza into the wee hours of the morning we’ll be sketching, defending decisions, collaborating, DESIGNING. Oh – and drinking champagne at the end of it all. I can’t wait.