Who We Are
Tim Ferguson Sauder is Creative Director at Gordon College, Director of Return Design (a student-populated design firm which produces designs for non-profits), owner of the design studio asmallpercent and the founder of LOOKLOOK. His interest in using design to improve things around him coupled with his (and his family's) close connection to the natural world led to the creation of a card system that utilizes existing patterns of trading and playing to engage students.
Cyndi McMahon works in education communications, serves as a publicist for the Accessible Icon Project, and is active in the Community Supported Agriculture movement to connect families with young children to local farms. She is the Director of College Communications and Marketing at Gordon College, graduate of Salem State University, and mom to twin 6-year old LOOKLOOK boys. Cyndi and Tim have collaborated over ten years on special projects outside of their professional careers at the College, and in the fall of 2014 Cyndi officially joined LOOKLOOK as a Director of Communications.
We are a design studio located on the campus of Gordon College comprised of college students who work with creative director Tim Ferguson Sauder to deliver design solutions to nonprofit and art-related organizations. With the support of Return Design alums and a number of outside partners we help people who are doing important things more effectively serve their clientele.
Let's Help People Who Help People
More than a decade ago Sappi Fine Paper North America— the maker of McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo — established the Ideas that Matter grant program to recognize and support designers who generously donate their time and talent to a wide range of charitable activities. Even today, Ideas that Matter remains the only grant program of its kind in the industry. Since 1999, Ideas that Matter has funded over 500 nonprofit projects, contributing $12 million worldwide to causes that enhance our lives, our communities and our planet. Sappi believes that the creative ideas of designers can have an impact beyond the aesthetic and that those ideas can be a powerful force for social good. Working together with our customers, we aim to make a difference.
Located on Boston’s North Shore, Gordon College is one of the nation’s premier Christian colleges, offering majors in 38 fields with graduate programs in education and music education. Gordon is strategically located on the Eastern Seaboard—just 20 miles from Boston, and a few hours away from the financial and political capitals of the Western world (New York and Washington, D.C.)—providing students with extraordinary access to leading-edge learning and professional opportunities. We set ourselves apart from the many outstanding institutions of higher learning in New England by combining first-rate training in the liberal arts and sciences with an informed Christian faith.
Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to improve science education in grades K-12 by helping schools link their curriculum to the natural world around them. Kestrel’s services for schools include professional naturalist guided workshops to build students’ ecology and general science skills, and curriculum design and support for teachers to help put permanent local ecology units in place. Kestrel works directly with both public and private schools to customize programs to each individual class. Staff spends extensive time meeting with school administrators and classroom teachers to develop custom plans that fit the culture and academics of the schools, as well as local land reservations. Kestrel believes that by strengthening students’ connection
to the nature around them we prepare the next generation to care about and for our world.
Rockport Public Schools have been a helpful partner in the development of the LOOKLOOK system. Both teachers and students have given helpful feedback and input which has resulted in a more refined final product. We appreciate their willingness to help out and their commitment to pushing education to do more for their community.