As a member of AIGA's Detroit chapter, I had the pleasure of participating in a volunteer opportunity which involved collaborating with the veteran organization Has Heart. Has Hearts mission is to provide a creative outlet for veterans by pairing them with a graphic designer to collaborate on a t-shirt design. The graphic designer gets to know the veteran and they create a design based on the message the veteran wants to convey to the public.
I was able to work with the first military couple to participate, Mike & Myra Roberts. Our connection was instant. They were so friendly and easy to talk to. Talking with Mike, I found out he was a musician, which is something I really connected with. Mike and Myra have been all over the world and have definitely experienced their share of trials and tribulations. However, the combination of Love and Music provided a bond that kept their family strong. Together, we came up with the mantra "Keep the Beat", which means as long as you keep going and keep those who love you close, you can accomplish anything.
Check out their story below
Initial Design Concepts
Finished Shirt Design
Has Heart T-shirt designs featured in Art Prize 2016 in Grand Rapids, MI