The Road to Jackson

Since the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation introduced it in 2016, the Sharing Knowledge conference has created space for public health leaders to confront the challenges of community wellness. We’ve been there since the start to create and continuously iterate the branded environment.

This year, we had the chance to dig even deeper and help re-imagine the overall attendee experience. From real-time audience feedback and walking tours of Jackson, MS—this year's host city—to decompression zones and a conscientious code of conduct, we designed SK2020 to be rigorously engaging and eye-opening, especially with a theme focusing on racism and social justice. Much knowledge is sure to be shared; we’re honored to have played our part. The conference kicks off this week. Keep an eye out later this Spring for a full recap from the Foundation. 

Follow RWJF


Complicating the Narrative

We love us some words around here. We even did a whole Lunch + Learn about them. Words are to Firebelly what sunlight is to plants—they feed us and keep us growing. They help shape the way we design our world. You get it. We love them.

So as you might imagine, we were thrilled when ConTextos came knocking. Founded in El Salvador and now planted in Chicago, the organization promotes personal narrative as a tool for healing and challenging assumptions. They provide workshops for and publish books by folks awaiting trial, navigating life post-incarceration and working hard to break the cycle of trauma. Together, we’re looking at the organization’s first decade and considering what the next one might look like. By helping them refine their own story, we hope to amplify their overall impact. We just have to find the right words.

Check Out The Library


Look Who's Talking Now

Strategic Director and Chief Feelings Officer Klooky is back on her bulls$!t. As a keynote speaker at this year’s West Michigan Design Week, she’s gonna holler to the heavens about putting the good in Good Design. She’ll share a few stories about the Grant for Good, the trials and triumphs of pro bono work and some lessons we’ve learned along the way. Come for the insights, stay for the hugs. Things are gonna get earnest. 

WMDW Keynote Talk
March 26, 6:30pm 
Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets on sale March 4

See the Full Schedule 


Show Your Stuff

Aspiring designers, get those pixels into tip top shape and scoot on over to Columbia College for AIGA’s annual Test Flight Portfolio Review. Some of our city’s finest minds and eyes will be on hand to offer constructive feedback and help refine the way you present your work in preparation for hitting the job market. The event is open to design students as well as recent grads—don’t forget to tell your friends. 

Saturday, April 11
Columbia College Chicago 
Tickets: $5


Snag Your Spot


Work Mama

Ever wonder what we do beyond the 9 to 5? If you follow us on social, you already know it includes a whole lotta of poetry, #vanlifing, doodles and dogs. (We love dogs.) We also love our jobs, and work hard to love our lives outside of work, too. 

This month, producer and resident list maker Meg writes about being a new working mom, and how the old adage, “a kid changes your life,” is a gross understatement, to say the least. How do you learn to love life beyond work when you’re still trying out a new identity? Hint: It’s a work in progress.

Let's Get Real