Adults with disabilities are often left feeling unaccepted by their peers, unaccepted for things out of their control. While there are certain disabilities that you can hide, others are inescapably obvious. As a society, we gravitate towards hiding those that are different. We put them in the back. We don’t give them the spotlight. This project is about giving Steph the spotlight, about celebrating her abilities, and about raising awareness for adults with disabilities and the challenges they face. It is a reminder of the power of kindness and acceptance.
MEET STEPH + BARBIE PERRY
Steph created her first design with her favorite colored markers. Barbie photographed it and sent it to Chelsie to prep it as a print-ready vector file. This process consisted of Chelsie tracing the design on an iPad Pro, vectorizing and coloring it on Adobe Illustrator, and adding a special “Steph Perry” credit to the bottom. The stickers went into production like any other project and landed in Steph and Barbie’s hands soon after.
STEPH’S FIRST STICKER
Steph felt so empowered when handing out her very own stickers, making it very clear that there was more that could be done. The project quickly evolved from getting a single sticker into Steph’s hands to a way to build her confidence and creativity while raising awareness for the causes closest to her heart.
BUILDING A BRAND AROUND A PURPOSE
Building a brand for Steph’s Stickers looked just like building any other brand that Lettering Works takes on. Steph and Barbie, deserved to be taken seriously and have a memorable experience built around telling their story. The name came naturally and Chelsie sketched logo concepts. Sarah Waldo of Violet and Ivy Photography did a professional photoshoot at The Spot, capturing the reveal of the logo options, Steph’s confident selection, and the personalities of Barbie and Steph. Steph directed the brand color choices via her necklace that she custom-made for the photoshoot. Barbie, Chelsie, and Steph brainstormed messaging. Chelsie put together a social media calendar and custom graphics. Ultimately, everyone brought their passions and talents together for a bigger purpose. You can get a closer look at the design process in our blog post “The Story Behind Steph’s Stickers - Lettering Works’ Latest Passion Project.”
Steph has created three stickers so far. They reflect her positive attitude about life and her energy and light that she brings into others’ lives.
What YOU Can Do
Be kind to other people.
Accept others who are different from you.
Educate yourself on the challenges that adults with disabilities face.
Consider contacting your legislators to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.*
Meet Steph + Barbie Perry at Lettering Works Third Anniversary Ribbon Cutting
WMBD - “Steph's Stickers spreads kindness and raises awareness about people with disabilities” - Rosario Dominguez - April 24, 2019
Meanwhile Back in Peoria - “April Update - Bonus Section: Steph’s Stickers” - Marty Wombacher - April 3, 2019
The Greg and Dan Show - April 3rd, 2019
Steph’s Stickers is a Lettering Works for a Cause Passion Project.
All photography is by Sarah Waldo of Violet and Ivy Photography.
*This project was in part developed as a response to Barbie and Steph speaking out about changes to advocacy programs for adults with disabilities in the Journal Star in January 2019.