Melancholy and Mystery

Giorgio de Chirico

I've always been inspired by Giorgio de Chirico, particularly his metaphysical period. There is something so haunting and brooding about his paintings. Who is your favorite artist? #favoriteartist … [Read more...]

We’re all about water

Zone 7 Water Agency Annual Report

Zone 7 Water Agency supplies drinking water to retailers serving more than 200,000 people and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.  The 2012 Annual report covers key accomplishments including: • study of a Regional Desalination Project • a free program offering installation of high-efficiency toilets for low-income and senior residents • supporting goals … [Read more...]

Home Composting is on the Rise!

home composting brochure

Home Composting is nature's way of recycling your yard waste and food scraps.  For less than 10 minutes a week you can create healthy soil for your plants. The Central Contra Costa Waste Management Authority can help you get started! This brochure covers the basics: vericomposting, backyard composting, grasscycling and mulching.  Visit and watch the instructional videos.   … [Read more...]

Multi-family Recycling Campaigns | City of Fairfield

City of Fairfield Logo

Multi-family Recycling Campaigns are always a challenge.  Municipalities or their contracted “hauler” must connect with the building manager first and through him – the resident.  Bilingual campaigns are often necessary to communicate new recycling methods and inspire new recycling “habits”. The City of Fairfield contracted us to manage their multi-family recycling campaign.  Project scope involved creating, managing and implementing project plans; managing designers, … [Read more...]

Are you ready for Earth Hour?


Earth Hour will take place this year on March 23rd.  Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the international environmental campaign encourages people to turn off their lights for one hour beginning at 8:30 PM (the participant’s local time).  The purpose of the event is to raise awareness on climate change and show support for a sustainable future. Earth Hour was launched in Sydney, Australia in 2007, with more two million residents participating in the campaign.  Today, thousands … [Read more...]

Recycling: Imagination & Action

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All it takes to save money and give the planet a break are imagination and action. Stretch the dollars and cents you spend on food and other products by reusing their containers whenever possible. Make an Earth Day resolution to Reuse & then Recycle. Think about all the creative ways you can extend the life of recyclables accepted in your pickup program. For example, reuse glass jars with lids for leftovers and bulk foods, to organize hobbies…you get the idea! Shrink the waste of … [Read more...]

Pesticide Labeling and Label Review

pesticide labels and label review

Pesticides are chemicals used to control, prevent, kill or repel insects, weeds, mites, mice, fungi, bacteria and viruses and other “pests.” They include sprays for ants, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, bed bugs and cockroaches; cleaning solutions and disinfectants. Many of the requirements for the manufacturing, sale and use of pesticides can be found in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). FIFRA gives the EPA the … [Read more...]

Campaign Photography: How inexpensive can you go and still maintain quality?


You have a limited budget for your Outreach Campaign? Do tell! Sometimes there isn’t the budget for professional photography so what do you do when you have a unique message and need a unique image that just isn’t available in royalty-free stock images? Selecting the right photos for your marketing or public outreach campaigns is critical, and can make a significant difference in the acceptance of your message. First and foremost, the image must reflect, enhance or support the theme of … [Read more...]

Public Outreach Campaign Basics


Most public awareness campaigns have the goal of changing behavior or motivating people to act. An important element in successful outreach campaigns is how well you know your target public. When you understand your audience’s likes, dislikes, attitudes, opinions and beliefs, it is easier to create an effective campaign that has impact. Other vital campaign components include: Tailoring the messages to your various publics. The more targeted your communications, the better the … [Read more...]

Welcome to the First Blog Post for Precision Design

My name is Jane Millan, founder of Precision Design. Before starting my company, I majored in Fine Art at the University of Florida with a focus on photographic print processes and printmaking processes such as intaglio. Back then I would spend so much time in the darkroom. Sometimes an entire day would go by before I’d see any sunlight. I loved experimenting with film and different darkroom techniques. Prepping photographs for shows was less fun for me, but the shows themselves were … [Read more...]

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