How to Stay Sane, tip. no 6. We know there’s a lot of resources to immerse ourselves in, actions to take, and a relentless news cycle to keep up with. In order to stay activated for the long-term, we hope that you are able to take some time to take care of yourself, whatever that looks like for you.

Our studio is situated right along the march to Oakland City’s Hall. If you’re in need of a poster to print, we’re making this graphic of Angela Y. Davis’ words available to download on our website. Link is in our bio. We’d love to see where and how you use this—feel free to tag us. #blacklivesmatter

#amplifymelanatedvoices: @chasinggarza • @mspackyetti • @ibramxk • @rachel.cargle • @laylafsaad • @mooredarnell • @mvmnt4blklives • @colorofchange • @mnfreedomfund • @blackvisionscollective • @naacp • @eji_org • @blklivesmatter •

No justice, no peace. We commit to better educating ourselves and to do our part in rebuilding a society that values black lives. We will be donating to local organizations like @antipoliceterrorproject and @peoplesbreakfastoakland, which are working to address structural racism and injustice in our neighborhoods. We’re also giving to a GoFundMe set up to support Oakland black-owned businesses, and encourage you to consider doing the same. The link is in our bio. #blacklivesmatter

We're thrilled that our brand launch for @elementalbevco was selected by @print_mag as one of 11 winners in the Far West region. It’s an honor for us not only to be recognized from a field of 3,000 entries across six regions in the nation—but to play a key role in championing innovative ideas and products.

How to Stay Sane, tip. no 6. Looking for a way to pass the time with your kiddos? This tip from @bizzzecky puts to good use all those cardboard boxes originally headed for the recycling bins. Cardboard houses, forts, furniture...the options are endless!

A couple weeks ago, we announced 4-4-4, our sprint-style offering at a new price. We've been excited to begin conversations of how 4-4-4 might help other small businesses with deliverables like marketing email designs, spot illustrations, or social media animations. Do you have some ideas in mind too? DM us to chat further or check out the link in our bio for further info.

How to Stay Sane, tip no. 5. As you go on socially-distanced walks with a mask on, slow down to notice the flora around you and learn their names. It's a nice way to get to know your botanical "neighbors." Photos and tip by @irenekly.

Carrying on a legacy of high quality cooking in America’s oldest Chinatown is Michelin-starred @misterjius’s, where you can enjoy a new generation’s take on classic Cantonese dishes. Housed in the historic building on Waverly Place in San Francisco, where the Four Seas operated for 50 years, the reimagined interior and cuisine are nostalgic with a modern twist. We're continuing to partner with @project_proceed to help out local small businesses in the form of custom-designed t-shirts—buy yours through the link!

𝗘𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱. Peace Idea #10⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ So many limits are in our heads. How can you break free today?⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ We’re continuing to celebrate our anniversary with a throwback giveaway of our Peace: 100 Ideas postcards, a set of 5 with custom illustrations. Send a simple but powerful note of encouragement to a friend, and even someone you don’t know working on all our behalf. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Pay only $5 for shipping and we’ll donate most of that to @getusppe, a centralized organization advocating for frontline healthcare workers and providing urgently needed personal protective equipment. Link in profile.

At our studio, we're all searching for ways to find balance and to be well as we buckle down for another month of sheltering-in-place. Here are some crowd-sourced ideas on How to Stay Sane—what are your tips? We'll be sharing new thoughts each week.

A note from our founder, @josh.chendesign: we just celebrated our 29th anniversary and have weathered our share of storms, but like many other small businesses find ourselves in uncharted territory. As we’re trying to stay flexible and innovative, we’ve come up with a new initiative called 4-4-4—a sprint-style offering of our services at a new price. Check out the details above and DM us to chat further. Hope you’re staying healthy and well.

We're excited to team up with @project_proceed to help out local small businesses in the form of custom-designed t-shirts! We miss eating at @TrueBurgerOakland with our friends, but they're still open for takeout and now you can slurp milkshakes while also supporting them through the purchase of these tees. Check out further details in the post, and you can shop through the link in our bio. #projectproceed #chendesign

We can’t believe it but Chen Design turned 29 and who’d have imagined where we’d all be at this time. Advice for sticking together through rough patches? Take care of your team, practice being nimble, sharpen tools, and commit daily to creating stellar work… also very important: remember to take time to play and laugh together!⁠ #chendesign

For a storied hotel in Hopland, CA, we experimented with visuals that would appeal to modern-day pioneers, invoking a pleasurable sense of adventure and a contemporary experience of heritage. We accomplished this by bridging the best of the past with the energy of renewal, honoring a living community’s roots — and planting surprises along the way. Check out our explorations further through the link in our bio.

Stephen Gould reached out to us with this challenge: How might our website more fully represent our comprehensive capabilities and expertise without overwhelming or confusing users? Our strategy team sought answers by designing and hosting a two-day workshop to create consensus within the company around a bigger-picture question: how might we tell their story best? Check out the full case study through the link.

We didn’t realize how our Out of Office zine would feel so fitting for the times, and our limited edition, inaugural Food Issue is now available to order online. Chock full of food-related fun (like ramen hack recipes!), the zine can be yours for only $10, plus postage fees. Link to shop in our bio! #chendesign

As a small business, we know what a tough time this has been and will continue to be for others our size. Past and current clients of ours are working hard to continue to bring joy in the form of delicious takeout or delivery, like @craftsmanwolves, @ashateahouse, and @venusspirits. Check out more great businesses on our Stories to support! 📷: @craftsmanwolves, @ashateahouse, and @venusspirits

Webster Eleven is an upcoming mixed-use development near Oakland City Center, and is a modern living community where people can come together to connect, discover, and learn. We worked on naming, branding, and content strategy. Check out the full case study through the link.