Moar, Love Oakland! Oakland is Raw, from thug to hipster to yuppie, the diversity abounds without limit, and those traits have brought “Most Exciting City” honors to Oakland. Also, Oakland Digital continues to develop as follows.
Inspire Oakland’s billboard winner has been chosen and her name is Ambrosia Shapiro. Here’s Ambrosia’s take on Oakland city:
”For me, Oakland has been on a long winning streak in the contest for the best place to live in the Bay. The diversity and history of Oakland, not to mention the amazing architecture and huge artist population, inspire me everyday. Oakland is rich with culture: Over 100 dialects and languages are spoken in the city, and it’s the birthplace of the Black Panther movement. I wanted to create a design that nods to that very important past while at the same time shows the fresh, new, and exciting place Oakland is today. Children’s Fairyland, Art Murmur, gondola rides on Lake Merritt, swimming in Lake Temescal, and farmer’s markets almost everyday of the week are just a few reasons why Oakland is the place to be.”
Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s newsletter featured Oakland Digital:
INSPIRE is Oakland Digital’s workforce development program that provides professional development for community college and state-level students pursuing a career in the competitive graphic design job market…Each year, they ask graphic design students to create a billboard design that conveys the question, “What about your city inspires you?” Three talented students will see their design featured on commercial billboards throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, receive paid internship opportunities, and learn the career-related tools needed to find appropriate employment.