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Tiny Library Design Competition

 Sea Ranch-inspired library design by Ben Laramie, photography by Irene Kim

Sea Ranch-inspired library design by Ben Laramie, photography by Irene Kim

 

Little libraries, global interest, big impact. 

Little Free Libraries are book exchanges hosted by everyday people in their yards or communities, that encourage neighbors to give a book/take a book. They are a way to distribute reading material in book deserts—places without a library for miles—and encourage interaction between community members. I noticed that every time we posted a photo of one of these, they performed really well due to the combination of social good, book culture, and cuteness. 

The Challenge

Build on the interest of our existing audience with a brand campaign that surfaced a commitment to social good and our design-forward thinking, unique in the industry. 

The Solution

I crafted an architectural competition that would use design thinking to form the creative brief—the first time this had been done—and that would open the door to exploring mass production. We partnered with AIASF (American Institute of Architects, San Francisco) and the Little Free Library non-profit to spread the word, and secured an impressive panel of judges including representatives from Project H Design, Princeton Architectural Press, and esteemed architectural firm Snøhetta which had just completed work on the new SFMOMA. We received 300 submissions from 40 countries all over the world, from Toronto to Tehran, and received ample press coverage such as this piece from Quartz.

Roles Played

Campaign planning, brand strategy, art direction

Team Members: Lisa Ferkel, Designer; Jenna Homen, Community Manager

 Campaign creative with design by Lisa Ferkel

Campaign creative with design by Lisa Ferkel

Here are some of the winning entries:

 Rachel Murdaugh

Rachel Murdaugh

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 Liminal Wall by Robert Cannavino and Myung Jae Lee (ASMAR)

Liminal Wall by Robert Cannavino and Myung Jae Lee (ASMAR)

 "Between the Folds" by Ronnie Kataki, Jia Li Song, Edward Wang

"Between the Folds" by Ronnie Kataki, Jia Li Song, Edward Wang

  Book Cheese by Xi Tan, Qian Sun, Xiaojing Zhang, Yan, Li

Book Cheese by Xi Tan, Qian Sun, Xiaojing Zhang, Yan, Li

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 Owlie by Bartosz Bochynski

Owlie by Bartosz Bochynski

 Tree of Knowledge by CIRCLE (Ryo Otsuka, Lin Zihao)

Tree of Knowledge by CIRCLE (Ryo Otsuka, Lin Zihao)