An App to Move Your Digital Stories Offline and Into Your Hands

With so much design focused on the digital world, sometimes it's powerful to hold something in your hands. To feel the weight of a hardcover...

With so much design focused on the digital world, sometimes it's powerful to hold something in your hands. To feel the weight of a hardcover book. To smell the crispness of fallen leaves during autumn. To break away from your screen to experience things in the "real world."

I'm always looking for inspiration in this arena—so I was glad to stumble into Artifact Uprising, a company founded by two sisters, Jenna and Katie, in snowy Colorado. As professional photographers, beautiful photos filled their phones and hard drives, but the stories they told were typically trapped in digital space. They asked the question, "Where should these photos live?" And more importantly: "As a friend, daughter, and mother, What will I leave behind?"

They knew it was time to get physical. Just over a year ago, they quit their comfortable careers as photographers and started a business from scratch—a photo goods company they say is "inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible" and actually respects Mama Earth. Their Online Book Creator and iPhone App allow you to create beautifully designed photo books, calendars, and prints from your digital images or Instagram feed. After years of prototyping and tinkering, they solved their own problem. In the process, they have already helped thousands of travelers, parents, brides, and photo enthusiasts solve the problem, too.

I've recently started working with these ladies a few days a week. They work hard, but it's easy to get inspired by the big things their small team has accomplished (take a look at their oh-so-beautiful Instagram feed get a sense of what I mean). They have their priorities straight: placing value in exploration, sticking to their guns, and growing a community that values quality in a mass-produced world. And they have made a commitment to produce sustainably, by using 100% recycled interior pages and reclaimed Colorado-grown beetle-kill pine for their woodblock products.

As an individual and entrepreneur, I'm ready to simplify my digital life. I'm ready to step away from the constant screen—to focus more on the relationships in the real world, not the never-ending stream of information. Something more meaningful, more tangible. Will a printed book help me in that journey? Perhaps. But either way, the mission of this small company has made me think. And it feels like a great first step.

Julian Meehan

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Translated from Swedish, "berg" means "mountain," so it may feel fated that a young woman with Viking blood in her veins and summit in her name would be at the helm. But let's go out on a limb and presume Thunberg, in keeping with most activists, would chafe at the notion of pre-ordained "destiny," and rightly so. Destiny is passive — it happens to you. It's also egomaniacal. Change, on the other hand, is active; you have to fight. And it is humble. "We need to get angry and understand what is at stake," Thunberg declared. "And then we need to transform that anger into action."

This new generation of activists' most pernicious enemy is denial. The people in charge — complacent politicians and corporation heads who grossly benefit from maintaining the status quo — are buffered from real-life consequences of climate change. But millions of people don't share that privilege. For them, climate change isn't an abstract concept, but a daily state of emergency, whether it comes in the form of "prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa…devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific…[or] heatwaves and wildfires," as Amnesty International reportsare all too real problems people are facing on a regular basis.

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"We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart," organizers say.

There's no doubt the visual images from the marches send a powerful message to those on the ground but especially those watching from around the world. GOOD's own Gabriel Reilich was on the scene for the largest of the Climate Strikes. Here are 18 of the best signs from the Climate Strike march in New York City.

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