Dean Strauss was a tired illustrator working the majority of his day away. Every day, he worked on commissions that, more often than not, he didn’t care about. One day, out of fun and frustration, he sent out an ask online and started drawing fellow disabled people—with pets, smiling, crying, posing, in love, celebrating, living. He ended up doing over 100 free portraits just for the joy it brought.
From there, he got an email to do an editorial piece about remote work and disability. Because of that, he realized that he wanted to use design to address the issues he cared about in real ways. Finally, he wound up as the media coordinator of a college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion office. And ever since then, he’s continued searching for more ways to combine his love of art with the things he cares about.