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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Coexist Disability Awareness Sticker - my journey creating a bumper sticker!

Today I thought I'd write about an art project that I have been working on for some time now.

It is a COEXIST Disability Awareness sticker.

I started thinking about it when I was first sitting in our Back-to-School kick off. I really wanted to put together a bumper sticker that promoted disability awareness and has the vibe of inclusion and the multitude of disabilities that exist - especially hidden disabilities or disabilities that are not always apparent to the naked eye.

I started researching the different disability icons, and began drawing in my journal. It took me 2 weeks to come up with the final design, and then another 1 week to draw it in Google Slides by free drawing and tracing. The biggest challenge was coming up with the correct shade of blue.

From there, I went to my print shop and showed the design and talked about different dimensions, sizes and he printed out a proof. For this project, I decided to use the 3 x 11.5'' dimensions.

I'm pretty happy with the end result. We have it on the back of our van and I love how my daughter points out the van in a parking lot by saying, "look, Mom it's our car! It has the Coexist sticker."

C = closed captioning - Deaf or Hard of Hearing
O = Orthopedic Impairment
E = Autism
X = Crutches for Orthopedic Impairment
I = Visually Impaired
S = Speech and/or Language Impairment
T = Invisible Disability

In the midst of this, I also created another bumper sticker based on a common saying: "Not All Disabilities are Visible." I used 3 x 9'' for this design. Also done on Google Slides.

Here is it on Etsy:

Creating bumper stickers was a new venture for me, but it was really fun. When I put it up on Etsy, I wasn't expecting many bites, but the reception has been great. I hope to keep improving it and coming up with new designs in the future. For now, I'm happy that I was able to start the project and complete it from start to finish.

This is something else I created on Photoshop that I threw on a black-T through my print shop. I wanted to wear it at a Back-to-School Kickoff or something. :) It was just for fun.

Would love to hear your opinion/suggestions/etc. or any bumper sticker designs you'd love to see! It was a fun project. If you are thinking about creating a bumper sticker, I highly recommend that you find a reliable print shop that you feel comfortable working with. I work with Vietnam Printing in San Jose. Henry, the owner, has been an amazing mentor to me! If you are in the area, I highly recommend his services.

Stay well,

- Kristine

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