911 Memorial

Because our company is focused on the building and construction industry in
the US, we are always looking for new buildings that have either embraced an
innovative construction technique or perhaps a new energy saving
technology. As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 I have anticipated
over the years what might be built in place of the twin towers. I have
often wondered what structure could we possibly put in a place where so much
devastation happened and so many lives were lost. How would we as a nation
ever agree on what that structure would look like? Michael Arad, a partner
at Handel Architects won the competition to design the Memorial.

In my opinion, the winning design was the perfect answer to so many
challenges. What could possibly fill the shoes of the former World Trade
Center? Nothing. The void that was left, the void of the lives that were
lost, in a sense will fill the space so beautifully. Arad's design features
two large waterfalls and a reflecting pool which fill the exact footprint of
the twin towers. More than 400 trees are planned for the plaza to surround
the Memorial - signifying hope and renewal.

During our travels, I hope we all have an opportunity to visit this sacred
spot to reflect on our own lives, lives lost and the beauty of the future.


Remember pencils and paper?

I sure do.

I have a passion for the tactile. Paper, printed things, books, making and sending cards. I love letterpress and bookcloth and handwriting and signatures.

It's been a bumpy road, these past 10 years designing for web and other media, in addition to print. Call me old-fashioned. But I get better year after year. And I'm now actually becoming more productive by using files and apps for notes and to-dos. Not only does it cut down on paper use - sustainability is another passion of mine - it's also easily searchable, depending on what you use.

But I digress..

I love handwriting and signatures, making and sending cards. I miss the days when I received more personal mail in my mailbox. Like most kids, I had a few pen pals growing up. And like most romantics, I have saved them, neatly packed away in a box in my closet. There are also notes from my high school best friend that we passed in class, little notes my mom would send to my college dorm with much needed money, letters from the grandmother after whom I was named, and love letters from all the old boyfriends.

But it's all precious stuff from my past. The present is all about emails, text messages, tweets and evites, not cards that are signed with a pencil and mailed with a stamp. It makes me a little sad and a lot nostalgic.

So when I sat down to make my resolutions for 2011 in January, one of them was to reconnect with the people I love. Now, I add this clause: by sending proper paper letters and cards!

What got me thinking about this today?

Good Magazine. September's 30-Day Challenge - "a monthly attempt to live better" - begins today. The challenge this month is to connect with people. For this one, they're offering up daily tasks to help get folks out of the digital rut and have some real interaction. The first task? Send someone a postcard.

I think it's a stellar idea.

Now, off to write a postcard to my mom.

angela mitchell
art director
FUNCTION: we’re into building things through marketing, design and public relations