Michael Bertoni, a local graphic designer, concerned about the discarded needles in his neighborhood, sent us this:
I am a local graphic designer and illustrator that lives in the Emeline/Grant Street area. After attending a community meeting this summer and hearing my neighbors concerns about discarded needles, I left there with a feeling to design a flyer that conveyed a community message to the needle exchange members. I designed it with the feedback from my neighbors via NextDoor.com and surprisingly a neighbor donated their time and resources to print out 500 full color flyers of my design. Wow!
I feel like giving back to my community and this is the best way I know how — through graphic design that can hopefully change the way people think.
Check out more of his work here: http://www.bertonidesign.com/
Also on his instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/q5YR7SuXIy/
Thank you Michael for contacting TBSC and for giving back to your community with your talents! Even if only one needle doesn’t get tossed because of this, it is worth it.
Aja Niemann says
Excellent graphic!!! Is there any way we can add where people can go to drop off the needles? Also, since we are freely giving out needles, is there a way to get a deposit for them so they will be returned? I don’t feel comfortable going to Seabright or Henry Cowell’s anymore because dirty ones keep washing up on the shores. It’s time we do something about this!!
Thanks for your comment Aja. Please check out our Needle in Public Spaces resource page for more information on what to do if you find a needle..https://takebacksantacruz.org/needles-in-public-spaces/