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Design4Kids Workshop 7 Scheduled for January 14 -22

Design4Kids workshops team talented, yet disadvantaged, youth with art, business, and communication professionals to work with local charities in solving design challenges. We are currently recruiting participants for the next workshop in beautiful Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala this January 2012.

Learn how you can participate by clicking on the Get Involved link. Learn about the January workshop by clicking on the Join the Next Workshop link.

Personal Logotype Design by Kevin

Outside view of trifolio design for Hospitalito Atitlan. When folded the far right vertical third becomes the front cover, the center vertical third is the back cover, and the left vertical third folds to the inside and is revealed when the braochure is opened.

Inside view of the brochure design for Hospitalito Atitlan.


Students Serve Local Hospital for D4K6

D4K6 is off a good start. As we posted previously, our client is Hospitalito Atitlan, the only hospital to serve the Maya community of Santiago Atitlan. The workshop began Monday morning with an interview of  hospital staff to determine their communication needs.

Dr. Semana Answers the Students Questions

Students Ask the Doctor and Hospital Staff Questions

After the client interview the students debriefed and began the creative process.

Jane Works With a Storyboard Comp

Mentor Cathy, Explains Project Management Concepts To Students

Mentor Eric Discusses Organizing a Shot List

Learning About the Origins of Type With Wooden Type and Block Printing

Since many Design4Kids project clients are underfunded charities unable to afford quality printing of their projects, Design4Kids has begun a fund to provide matching funds. If you’re interested in contributing to the printing fund for this and future Design4Kids workshop projects. Visit the SupportUs page on this site for full instructions.

Students to Serve Hospitalito Atitlan this June

We’re thrilled to announce that all the mentor spots are filled for this June, and that again the client will be Hospitalito Atitlan.  They are the only hospital to serve the Maya community of the village where we conduct all our Guatemala workshops,  Santiago Atitlán. We first worked with them in December of 2009 with a poster project that designed to combat type 2 diabetes. This time the challenge will be to write, illustrate, and design, in one short week, an health information brochure for young mothers.

HDR Stu leads the class in high dynamic range photography.

Since the hospital itself is an underfunded charity, and does not have funds for printed materials, for the first time in Design4Kids history, we are raising funds to cover the costs of printing the finished brochures. This will amount to  win-win-win. The students will get the real-world experience of taking a project from conception through to final production. Hospitalito Atitlan will be able to educate young mothers while conserving precious financial resources. And the community of Santiago Atitlan will benefit from the health information distributed in the brochure.

If you’re interested in contributing to the printing fund for this and future Design4Kids workshop clients. Visit the SupportUs page on this site for full instructions.


Fotokids wishes you a very warm welcome!

We are very excited about this first workshop of Design4kids. There are 10 kids participating, 4 from Guatemala City and the other 6 from Santiago Atitlán. All are between 15 and 18 years old and have had some experience with PhotoShop. They are so looking forward to this.

I was quite impressed when I saw the profiles Jeff put up on this Blog! It should be a good group.

Some practical things; a cold front is moving in, so although 58 degrees at night doesn’t seem very nippy, it can be chilly in the evenings, so bring a sweater… and an umbrella or rain gear. The rainy season should be over, but not officially till mid November.

I am [going to be] posting some of the photography work of the kids participating. They were all chosen for either their sense of design or interest in learning computer graphics.

We will have two former Fotokids who are working with us at Fotokids and who speak English and can do some interpreting!

Nancy Morales age 26, who has just graduated from San Carlos University in graphic design but hasn’t had much exposure to Indesign and Illustrator. Nancy is currently designing a book for the United Nations on teen pregnancies. She won a scholarship to study with Jock Sturges at the Santa Fe Photography workshops and has been interested in nudes for the last 4 years.

Berlin Juarez will also join us. Berlin has worked as a still photographer for HBO’s Discovering Dominga, Hispanic Television Network and recently filming a trailer for the Hollywood production, Marimba Trade. He has been teaching Photoshop and design with us for the last 8 years. He is also 26. Both he and Nancy started with Fotokids in 1994 when they were 12-13 years old.

Marco Tulio, the taxi driver, will be outside the airport as you exit with a sign with your name on it. He has curly short black/gray hair and a moustache, slim, light complexion and wears penny loafers!

I’ve worked with Marco since my journalism days in 1985 when I first came to cover riots here. He is totally reliable. If however you find yourself stranded for any reason (which will not happen, but I have to add this) there are authorized taxis at the airport that can take you to Antigua for 225 Quetzales or so ($30).

Eric, Marco will not be waiting for you so just take an authorized taxi to Hotel Posada Belen, it’s only about a 15 minute ride that time of night.

There is a bank as you leave customs on the left hand side and an ATM machine I think. There are ATM’s in Antigua and Santiago. The exchange rate is Quetzal 7.5 to the dollar (more or less).

That’s about it! We’ll see you soon, and all join together for a good lunch at Calle de La Posada Real on 5th Avenida . My telephone number is 7832-8062 or my cell phone 5994-9993 then we will continue on to Santiago Atitlán!

Con Cariño,

Meet the Volunteers


My name is Jason Campbell, and I am a designer currently working for Methodologie, Inc., a Seattle-based brand firm.

I left my home state of Utah at the age of 19. I have since lived and studied in Brazil, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland, and in 2007, I received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from the University of Washington.

My interests include music, art, design, movies, concerts, my family, close friends, COLORS magazine, Dolly Parton, Sigur Rós, international food, baby animals, nature shows, picnics, swimming, and anything that can make me smile.

I decided to participate in this program because I see it as an opportunity for me to deepen my education. I have taught classes on typography in the past and feel that my design and language skills will benefit those involved with the program.

Jason Campbell


Lynn Currie hails from Austin, Texas where she works in Hispanic Marketing.

As the third founder, Lynn completes the Mercury Mambo triumvirate. On the outside, Lynn seems like the quiet one, but her brain is processing faster than most microchips. She’s churning on how to go from vision to execution—with all the steps in between. Lynn loves all things geek and do-it-yourself-ish. If there’s a way to wire up something to run off of a computer or a remote, and instructions are on the Internet, she’ll be working on it. Don’t let that fool you, though. Lynn’ brings to the Mercury Mambo team an impressive range of marketing knowledge and experience in design and production. She’s virtually transformed client’s’ marketing goals into profitable solutions using print and web solutions. Lynn is really proud of the fact that, as an agency, Mercury Mambo attracts talented people—both as employees and clients.

Trip Expectations
This upcoming volunteer opportunity was of special interest to me because it will allow me to combine all of my passions – design, Latin American travel and working with young people. Earlier this year, my partners and I attended a event called “See Jane Give” which promoted active involvement in philanthropy. We made a commitment at the time to open ourselves up to new opportunities and new ways to give back to our community. I am excited about contributing my skills and knowledge as part of this larger team. I am fully committed to participate at whatever level is needed and look forward to making new friends along the way.



Hi, My name is Eric Lolkema, born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Married, no kids and live in a town some 20 miles outside of Amsterdam.
I am a professional photographer, with a main interest in topics of a human(itarian) kind.
Not being able to make my living with portraiture and wedding photography alone, a short while ago I accepted a job in a large housing organization in Amsterdam. This provides me with a main income, peace of mind and the means to travel to places like Santiago Atitlan. Which means I am a happy part time photographer now.

In the past few years I have joined three workshops with the Bridges to Understanding organization of American photographer Phil Borges. These were professional as well as personal highlights. The last workshop in Guatemala with the Fotokids organization was a mind blowing, superb and unforgettable experience. I think Nancy and her staff are doing a most remarkable job here and I am proud and honoured to be able to join again and offer them some of my time and skills.

Nancy, Werner, David, Jeff and of course all the people I haven’t met yet, I can hardly wait to meet (again)!!!



Hola! My name is Cathy Shea. I’m a marketing program manager for a Fortune 50 computer manufacturer. My entire 30-year career has spanned a variety of roles within this same company — from business development to sales to marketing program management. In my current role, I work closely with ad agency creative teams to design online and print advertising to communicate our ‘commercial storage’ message in the marketplace.

Although I very much enjoy working and spending time with creative people, and am blessed to have one of the most creative people I know for a brother, I don’t actually consider myself to be very creative. I love people and enjoy doing what I can to be of service. In fact, I’ve just returned from a Habitat for Humanity trip in Biloxi, Mississippi where I joined with 19 other team members to build a 1200 square foot 3 bedroom, 1 bath home.

I am married to a wonderful man, Ken who is very supportive of my participation in trips focused on helping others. While we don’t have children of our own, I am proud to be Aunt and Great Aunt to 10 nieces/nephews, 17 grand nieces and nephews, and am godmother to 9 year-old triplets.

I am thrilled to be a part of this first “Design for Kids” team, organized by my very own brother, Jeff Speigner. I look forward to working with the Fotokids students and to getting to know each of you better. What an amazing experience this will be for each of us! Safe travels to you and I’ll see you in Guatemala.



Hi I’m Jeff. I’m a graphic designer working for a large company. My visual communications career has included film making, still photography, technical illustration, newspaper production, adverstising design, self employment, and designing graphics for print and presentations. I love to use images to tell stories.

A year ago I visited Santiago Atitlan with Bridges to Understanding for a week-long digital story telling workshop. That was my introduction to Nancy McGirr and the kids of Fotokids. During lunch and dinner conversations Nancy talked about wanting to develop a design studio. I offered to come back with colleagues to teach design basics and software skills. It’s thrilling and a little humbling to see the quality of the colleagues who have volunteered their time and resources to join in this experiment. I look forward to getting to know you all better.

I love foreign travel and photography, and am always looking for ways to combine both with helping people. My desire for this workshop is to inspire and motivate kids to learn more about design and communication arts and to get a glimpse of their own potential.

My immediate family includes a grown daughter, two brothers, and one little sister, Cathy Shea, whom I’m thrilled to share this experience with.


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