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Client Meeting: How Seattle Design Firm Civilization Works with Photographers on Cause-Based Projects

September 27, 2016

By Conor Risch

PHOTO BY AMANDA RINGSTAD/COURTESY OF CIVILIZATION

Amanda Ringstad shot the photographs for “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death,” an interactive website. For the project, Civilization didn’t want photography that was “religious or heavily spiritual,” says co-founder Michael Ellsworth.

What can good design accomplish? That question is at the core of the work of Civilization, a Seattle-based, full-service “design practice” with an ethos-driven approach. They call themselves a “practice” rather than a “studio,” co-founder Michael Ellsworth explains, because the four-year-old company is in the process of exploring the limits of design’s ability to meet social challenges. In their short...

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