Kaye Blegvad is an illustrator that several of us at the studio are really into. She struggles with depression, and created this book that I recently backed on Kickstarter. It's called Dog Years: An Illustrated Book About Mental Health. She uses the image of a dog that you walk everywhere as a metaphor for depression. Sometimes it's a dog that behaves, and sometimes it's a bad dog that's out of control.
I've experienced periods of depression, as many of us likely have on some level—or at least know someone who has. I thought it was a really useful and smart way to help people feel less alone in their experience.
The Kickstarter well exceeded its goal in a matter of hours, which is great, because now she's going to be able to print the books on recycled paper and get them in more bookstores.
I feel so good about it! I'm actually pretty passionate about this subject. We could all benefit from thinking about our wardrobes as a bit more of a uniform—investing in way fewer pieces, but ones that will stand the test of time in terms of how they're built and how they'll hold up stylistically. I feel like everyone I know who has the best style, you know their uniform. It's what your action figure would wear.