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McGill's Rallying Cry

Posted by Emma Harris on Mar 17, 2020 5:05:39 PM

When you’re proud, sometimes it feels good to display your passion, right?

McGill University’s “Made by McGill” rallying cry for their bold $2B campaign is a case in point.

Serving as a creative platform to showcase the strength and optimism of a University on the cusp of its bicentennial in 2021, it’s an ode to the eclectic McGill experience that unites its graduates worldwide. The look and design of the platform was very inspiring.

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2019 Highlights: A Year in Review

Posted by Emma Harris on Jan 1, 2020 5:30:00 PM

At Harris Made, 2019 was a fulfilling year of helping honor several institutions' special meaning to so many people. We love helping express gratitude to your donors who in turn, love to share their passion for your institution with others.

We weave, stitch, buckle and wrap your institution’s pride into exquisite custom gifts that endure. Why just give a gift when you can give an heirloom?

As we enter 2020, take a quick look back at 2019 and see how it was an exciting year of helping clients honor what makes their institution special and meaningful to their important donors.

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“How Harris Made is made”, a 3-part series showcasing our process of bespoke recognition gift design. Part 1.

Posted by Emma Harris on Oct 31, 2019 8:15:00 AM

 

The creative journey can be fascinating, don’t you think?

I start by meeting with the clients, opening my sketchbook and opening my ears. Listening to them tell their story is key to delivering an exceptionally personalized design.

Download our guide: 10 Considerations When Outfitting Your Gift Closet.

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Tags: Client Highlight Blog, Lurie Children's Hospital

“How Harris Made is made”, a 3-part series showcasing our process of bespoke recognition gift design. Part 2.

Posted by Emma Harris on Sep 30, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Isn’t it energizing watching an idea blossom from sketch to reality?

It’s one of my favorite aspects of the design process at Harris Made.

In Part 1, I outlined how we worked with Lurie Children's Hospital to celebrate the kick-off of their capital campaign. While talking with the team, I sketched out a design using their logo of a pair of hands shaped to be holding a heart – to express the individual promise to each and every child. 

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Tags: Client Highlight Blog, Lurie Children's Hospital

“How Harris Made is made”, a 3-part series showcasing our process of bespoke recognition gift design. Part 3.

Posted by Emma Harris on Aug 31, 2019 8:15:00 AM

 

While we cherish the creative process at Harris Made, there is nothing as thrilling as delivering a final, finished special recognition gift to our very special clients.

Joanna Riester of Lurie Children's Hospital had us deliver their pashminas and ties, with designs inspired by iconography developed for their campaign, For Every Child, in time to accompany the RSVP to the kick-off event.

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Tags: Client Highlight Blog, Lurie Children's Hospital

What we mean when we say “bespoke” at Harris Made.

Posted by Emma Harris on Aug 14, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Bespoke is an interesting word, don’t you think?

Dating back to 1583 in the Oxford English Dictionary, the original definition is “to speak for, commission and arrange for goods”. Perhaps it’s most commonly known in use with made-to-order tailored suits - the bespoke suits of Savile Row, London.

Well, at Harris Made, we do have a specific interpretation of what we mean when we say “bespoke”.

Working hand-in-hand with our clients, not only do we deliver a beautiful gift with a provenance unique to their institution, we further personalize it by weaving in a bespoke made-to-order design that has substantial meaning for the institution and their donors.

The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M is the result of a significant capital campaign. To reflect the unique contribution and impact that generous support provides, we leveraged the individual designs of 22 gardens that make up the larger garden as a pattern repeat and design motif.

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Tags: Client Highlight Blog, Bespoke

Behind the Design: 100 Years New

Posted by Emma Harris on Jul 23, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Time flies for all of us.

100 years certainly did for The New School.

When they approached us to help celebrate their Centennial, there was a desire to balance the progressive and forward-looking DNA of the school with a gift that captured their story and history adequately.

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Tags: Client Highlight Blog

Behind the Design: The Alumni Collection

Posted by Emma Harris on Jun 18, 2019 6:30:00 PM

What if you could give your Alumni a better way to display their pride in your institution?

As a trusted adviser to one hundred plus clients, we know from research and experience that while Alumni feel tremendous passion for their alma mater, they overwhelmingly feel underserved by the poor quality, mass-produced generic merchandise offered through campus bookstores.

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Behind the Design: Texas A&M Leach Teaching Gardens

Posted by Emma Harris on May 31, 2019 8:15:00 AM

A garden is a wonderful thing, don’t you think?

Texas A&M University certainly thinks so. They invited us to design a silk scarf and tie to celebrate the opening of the 27 acre Leach Teaching Gardens on the campus at College station.

Download our guide: 10 Considerations When Outfitting Your Gift Closet.

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Tags: Texas A&M, Behind the Design

Behind the Design: Gift Packaging

Posted by Emma Harris on May 8, 2019 6:46:00 PM

A garden is a wonderful thing, don’t you think?

Texas A&M University certainly thinks so. They invited us to design a silk scarf and tie to celebrate the opening of the 27 acre Leach Teaching Gardens on the campus at College station.

Download our guide: 10 Considerations When Outfitting Your Gift Closet.

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Tags: Behind the Design

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