Friday, March 19, 2010

Five Questions With...

Danielle Baird (pictured) is not only the graphic designer behind the ETD logo and brochures, she is also an excellent person to work with, and obviously passionate about mental health.

Danielle recently donated the grand prize of $1,000 worth of graphic design services for a raffle to benefit Erasing the Distance. (Thank you again, Danielle!)

Today, she kicks off our new weekly series,
"Five Questions With..."

Five Questions with Danielle Baird
freelance graphic designer
ETD collaborator since November 2008

1. What is your role with Erasing the Distance?
I have partnered with ETD to create their logo, stationary, business cards, brochures, flyers, playbills, the "share your story" button, thank you card, spring showcase materials, special event materials, and hopefully much more to come!

2. When you are not working with Erasing the Distance, what might you be doing?
I might be creating new design work in my 1960s vintage office space (I even have shag carpet), which I absolutely love.

3. Can you share with us a favorite ETD moment?
It's a recent one -- I had a fantastic experience at the "And you were there too" event with Abby Sher, in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.
The event was so incredibly powerful and moving. I saw people walking around with the brochure I designed in their hands, and I just felt so proud to have contributed to such an amazing collaboration.


4. What do you think is a pressing mental health need in your community?
I don't think there should ever be a cap on the number of therapy sessions a person can receive. For example, DePaul students are only allotted 20 counseling sessions (at $5 each) for the entire time they are enrolled in school. This is equivalent to weekly treatment for two quarters - not even one full school year. There is no option to pay more to continue treatment. Students are referred out to other psychology professionals, and the cost is often too much for them to remain in treatment.

5. Can you tell us your favorite way to de-stress?
I really enjoy practicing yoga or curling up in bed with a good book.

Check out Danielle's website at daniellebaird.net, where she posts information about her business, her portfolio, and even a blog with tips for those in her field. Thank you, Danielle!


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