Posted in April 2011

The Moderns – New York City’s Newest Beekeepers

Inspired by the fascinating, multidimensional lives and culture of honey bees, The Moderns are proud to announce that we have become New York City’s latest beekeepers.

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Pay Your Taxes and Give Corporations a Get Out of Jail Free Card for Not Paying Theirs

“Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.”

MoveOn.org has organized events to protest this throughout the country. Please join us on Monday at 12:30PM at a mock theatrical trial by Bryant Park.

Let us know if you’re planning on going so we can say hello: schambers@themoderns.com.

To register with the event directly, click here.

Beyond Coffee: Internships at The Moderns

In our industry, it’s not uncommon to see a gaggle of unpaid interns running around an agency, working tirelessly to produce little more than photocopies and coffee.

As with most other workplace norms, The Moderns’ approach is a bit more human-centered.

Last we checked, slavery was abolished by the thirteenth amendment. For nearly twenty years Janine James, our President and Chief Creative Officer, and Adrian Pulfer, Creative Director of A/3 Design and Brigham Young University’s Graphic Design Department’s Area Coordinator, have been bringing two to three exceptional young designers into our studio for paid, substantive summer internships.

Karma does not stop in the workplace. We believe that by nurturing rather than exploiting young talent, we can offer real-world experience that will offer a platform for beginning a long, fulfilling career in design.

That’s not to say that we haven’t been known to give coffee-making lessons or have an intern walk Griffon, our studio’s pug.

We equally balance the ability to learn and live with some more typical intern tasks like running errands around the city and washing dishes (we don’t use paper plates or plasticware).

Last month, Adrian brought fourteen rising juniors and seniors to visit our space. Janine gave them a tour, after which she offered some insight into our culture and proprietary methodologies.

We are excited to offer three of these students three-month-long internships. Like all of us, they’ll work long hours, but also be given the opportunity to make real contributions to our projects – and possibly make a photocopy here and there.

If you’re interested in learning more about our internship program, let us know. We welcome prospects for both the summer and the rest of year.