Yep, that's me hanging off the side of the building. In downtown Portland. Twenty four floors above the street. Straight down. To the street. A busy street. And I'm scared of heights.
What, you might ask, motivated me? (Don't think I wasn't wondering the same thing whilst hanging off the building!)
It was a fundraiser for Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest, called Rappel for Her. By enlisting a bunch of bold (foolhardy?) participants to rappel down the side of a high building they created a headline-grabbing event.
The motto of Girls Inc is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, hence the tie-in to the (in theory) boldness of the rappellers. Any organization that helps girls learn to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and thus grow up healthy, educated and independent is alright by me.
So I signed up. And emailed lots of friends and clients asking for donations (if you donated to my page THANK YOU AGAIN!) and raised over $1,600 for Girls Inc. And "got" to rappel.
It was quite terrifying.
Below is Angela, the woman from Over the Edge (they organized and led the event), saying "Breathe!"
I was saying "How many more floors?"
And: "Whose idea was this?"
Also: "Help! Help!"
Etc., etc., etc.
So that's what I did on my summer vacation.
I'm back on solid ground now and feeling bold and smart and ready to help you with whatever graphic design project you have.
Let's start at the ground level and work our way up to a beautiful design solution.