Brand Strategist and Humanitarian in NYC
About James Wawrzewski
James Wawrzewski assists companies and organizations with branding and marketing needs through his role as the creative director at Ludlow6 LLC. Through the company’s New York City offices, Wawrzewski helps clients achieve their goals through customized marketing plans, brand identity strategies, and communication design. Over the past two decades he and his award-winning staff have worked with colleges such as New York University, charitable groups such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and businesses such as Estee Lauder Companies. The recipient of numerous national design awards, James Wawrzewski earned bachelor’s and master's degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam and the Pratt Institute, respectively.
Outside of his duties at Ludlow6, James Wawrzewski volunteers with several nonprofit organizations. He is involved with a wide range of community groups, including Manhattan Community Board 2, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and his neighborhood association. An active member of his field, Wawrzewski belongs to trade associations such as the American Institute of Graphic Designers, the Freelancers Union, and the New York Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. During his spare time, he enjoys working at Greenwich House Pottery.
A Look at the University and College Designers Association Design Competition
By James Wawrzewski
Founded more than 40 years ago, the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) appeals to those in the graphic design field. Created to offer professional development opportunities for the then-nascent industry, this organization has become a premier group for designers and design educators due to its seminars, conferences, and events. One of its most popular endeavors is the annual Design Competition.
The UCDA Design Competition recently celebrated its 42nd event. Held every October, this celebration invites persons to submit publications, digital creations, illustrations, photographs, and other artwork. Panels of judges will evaluate each piece based on categories such as concept, context, design, quality, and originality. Winners acquire either a silver or a gold Award of Excellence, and their piece becomes included in the prestigious UCDA Design Collection. Those interested in joining UCDA or in applying for the UCDA Design Competition should visit www.ucda.com.
About the Author:
Based in New York City, James Wawrzewski assists non-profit groups, academic facilities, and companies with their graphic design needs as Creative Director of Ludlow6. In 2009, Wawrzewski garnered a Silver Award of Excellence at the UCDA Design Competition.
James Wawrzewski: Local Volunteer Opportunities at Hospitals of Hope
A dedicated philanthropist, James Wawrzewski supports a number of charitable organizations, including Hospitals of Hope, which provides individuals in need around the world with a variety of healthcare services. Hospitals of Hope operates through the help of donors and volunteers by sending volunteers to various sites around the world.
Volunteer opportunities also exist at the organization’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. Here, volunteers perform a number of invaluable tasks, such as packing containers for shipment to other facilities in order to ensuring that the organization’s warehouse remains clean and organized. At present, the organization seeks people to help with inventory of medical supplies. The organization also welcomes ideas for new opportunities from volunteers, such as grant writing, graphic design, video editing, and other skilled tasks.
In addition to volunteer opportunities, Hospitals of Hope has internships for students in several different fields. Individuals should visit www.hospitalsofhope.org to learn more about these opportunities.
James Wawrzewski: The University & College Designers Association Holds Annual Design Competition
James Wawrzewski is the Creative Director at Ludlow 6, a brand identity and communications design firm in New York City. Mr. Wawrzewski earned a prestigious University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Silver Award in 2009 for an exhibition catalog he designed for Rutgers University.
Each year, the University & College Designers Association holds a design competition to honor outstanding design work done to promote educational institutions. Earning UCDA recognition is a significant mark of accomplishment for both the institution and the designer. In truth, achieving UCDA recognition makes one’s work part of a living design legacy, as all winning entries become part of the UCDA Design Collection.
UCDA accepts a wide range of submissions for the competition, including examples of electronic, print, and student work. Indeed, the UCDA Design Competition covers the full range of educational institutions' communications portfolios; in particular, recruiting brochures, newsletters, event promotions, class schedules, websites, social networking sites, campaign strategies, and much more. In recent years, UCDA competitions have seen 1,100 to 1,600 entries, from which Gold, Silver, and Excellence Awards recipients are selected. All work entered goes on display at the UCDA Design Conference.
Recycling Shipping Containers into Sustainable Health Clinics
New York City native James Wawrzewski serves as the creative director of Ludlow6, a marketing and design firm offering brand insight to nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses. Since joining Ludlow6 in 1990, James Wawrzewski has worked with not-for-profit groups and foundations to grow their organizations, pursue new funding sources, and share their stories.
In the fall of 2012, Ludlow6 performed an entire brand redevelopment and rollout for Hospitals of Hope’s Clinic In A Can initiative. Launched in 2002, Clinic In A Can works with global partners to acquire shipping containers and convert them into fully functioning health clinics before sending these facilities to areas with high poverty and low medical care resources.
Some of the major milestones for Wichita, Kansas-based Clinic In A Can include sending its first container-turned-clinic to Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Several years later, two Clinics In A Can were shipped to Haiti for earthquake relief. Staff working at these two facilities served close to 5,000 patients during the first five months that the converted containers were in operation. Learn more about the work of the organization at www.clinicinacan.org.
Tips for Gardening in New York City
James Wawrzewski serves as creative director of Ludlow6, a communications and marketing firm located in New York City. In his free time, James Wawrzewski enjoys gardening and landscaping.
In New York City, the land of apartment buildings and high-rises, gardening may seem like a tricky feat. However, there are ways to grow your own vegetables and other plants in an apartment setting. Remember, vegetables really only need light, soil, and water. So to start growing an urban garden using the container-gardening method, you will simply need to find places to put pots that will get between six and eight hours of sunlight daily. For those without roof access, window boxes can be utilized, as can patios and any other area where there is ample sunlight.
Other things to remember when container gardening is ensuring pots get proper drainage, since too much water can drown the plants. In addition, you will need to add nutrients that plants growing outside would naturally get from the soil.
A History of the French Bulldog
As creative director for the communication design company Ludlow6 in New York, New York, James Wawrzewski develops print communications for various nonprofit and for-profit organizations. James Wawrzewski also expresses interest in the French Bulldog, a small companion dog with distinct bat-like ears whose origins date back to the late 19th century in England and France.
French Bulldogs originally descended from the old English Bulldog. Smaller Bulldogs weighing less than 25 pounds became popular among lace-makers who immigrated to France during the Industrial Revolution. These smaller Bulldogs became extremely popular throughout France, where they became known as French Bulldogs. Wealthy Americans traveling to France discovered the breed and brought French Bulldogs to the United States in 1896.
At the time of their development, French Bulldogs came in two varieties: those with erect bat-like ears and those rounded “rose” ears. British and French breeders preferred the rose-eared dogs, while the Americans favored those with bat-like ears. Disputes over the proper ear type continued until the formation of the French Bulldog Club of America, which established bat-like ears as the breed standard.
The popularity of the French Bulldog declined after WWI, but the breed’s status experienced a resurgence in the 1980s. In addition to bat-like ears, the current breed standard includes nine color variations, including cream, white, fawn brindle, and brindle.