I can’t write about my own experience without recognizing how difficult this year has been for everyone. The death, destruction, and economic hardship that has come from covid — 19, in addition to the brutal killings of black people across the country, and the ongoing racial injustice and systematic oppression…


My fifth grade classroom that taught me my first lesson in design

It was impossible to grow up in Springfield, Illinois and not know about what made our town famous (Abraham Lincoln). Every history class had an inherent emphasis on Lincoln’s life, and my fifth grade classroom was no exception. Each spring, the middle school staged a re-enactment of the time period…


We stumble up the steps and look at the stage. Find a spot, set the blanket down, and prepare to snuggle. It’s cold at night in Berkeley, after all. When Beruit starts, I start to remember why I love seeing live music. There’s something irreplaceable about the sounds, something magical…

Rachel Kozemczak

Product designer, gardener, home renovator. Lover of dark chocolate, puppies, and red wine

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