UncommonGoods Launches New iPhone 5 Case Series by Artists after Nationwide Open Call
September 20, 2012 (Brooklyn, NY) - UncommonGoods, an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco- friendly and uniquely designed gifts and accessories, is excited to announce their collaboration with 8 independent artists on the Artist iPhone Case series that will be available for the iPhone 5 as the phone is released.
In May 2012, UncommonGoods set out to find one lucky winner who would see their art work printed on iPhone cases by Casemate in the iPhone Case Design Challenge. Over 200 entries came in from artists and designers across the United States; 15 semi-finalists were sent to UncommonGoods' online community for voting and a panel of judges picked a winner from 5 finalists.
The winning design was Naomi Meller's Computer iPhone, a close-up photograph of a computer's motherboard that is as simple as it is compelling. The Computer iPhone case was released on the ecommerce website in June 2012 for the iPhone 4 and 4S models.
UncommonGoods buyers were so enchanted by the other designs that in July, UncommonGoods released 7 more designs for the 4 and 4S from the semifinalists: Was It What You Wanted by Athena Hahn, Dreamscape Escape by Hanna Kim, Textures of Life by Hannah Syndiongco, Rhythm for Color by Lara Mann, and The Liquid City by Sydney Henningsen.
"We are so excited to launch our Artist iPhone Case series. These pieces support UncommonGoods' efforts to make art accessible and to bring creative design to our customer's everyday lives," noted Erin Fergusson, Senior Buyer at UncommonGoods
UncommonGoods and Casemate have updated the cases to fit the new iPhone 5 models and are available for presale at www.uncommongoods.com. Cases retail for $39 and are scheduled to ship in early November.
For more information, contact Gaby Dolceamore at UncommonGoods, firstname.lastname@example.org
UncommonGoods partners with City Harvest to host Plates with PurposeTM Design Challenge.
May 19, 2011 (Brooklyn, NY) - UncommonGoods, an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco- friendly and uniquely designed gifts and accessories, has partnered with City Harvest, New York's only food rescue organization, to host a design challenge.
UncommonGoods is soliciting designs for a new Plate with PurposeTM that will benefit City Harvest's work to fight hunger in New York City, and is accepting design entries from the public starting on June 6.
Designers may submit their entries at www.uncommongoods.com until June 16. The top entries will be voted on by the community via the new UncommonGoods product voting app. A winner will be picked from the top 5 vote-getters, by representatives of City Harvest and UncommonGoods.
The winning design will be announced at the end of June. The winner will receive a $1,000 award and be recognized on the UncommonGoods website. In addition, the designer's work will be considered for the UncommonGoods holiday catalog, which will be released in November. City Harvest will receive $5 from the sale of each plate.
UncommonGoods invited City Harvest to join their Better to Give program in April 2011. Since 1999, UncommonGoods has given a portion of its sales revenue to nonprofit charities with an emphasis on community and sustainability, and has donated over $300,000 to worthy causes worldwide.
City Harvest is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city's hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect 29 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms.
"We are looking forward to working with our community to create a new design that highlights City Harvest's important work to end hunger in New York City ," said UncommonGoods CEO and Founder David Bolotsky.
With the launch of the new voting app and submission platform, UncommonGoods is not only inviting the community to share in the development of their singular product designs, but also expanding the way that they give back to their community.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2007
UncommonGoods receives the BizRate Research Circle of Excellence Gold award for 2007.
New York, NY, September, 2007 - The award recognizes the very best online retailers in customer satisfaction, as judged by previous online buyers from those retailers. This year, out of over 3,000 companies reviewed, UncommonGoods was one of about 100 online retailers to be awarded this honor. BizRate is a consumer feedback network that collects millions of customer reviews of stores and products each year and is operated by Shopzilla, a leading comparison-shopping service. The award covers performance in the following areas: Ease of Site Use, On-Time Delivery, Overall Satisfaction, Customer Support, Product Met Expectations and Likely to Shop Again. This is the third time UncommonGoods has received the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award in the past four years.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2007
UncommonGoods joins the B Corporation Network.
New York, NY, May, 2007 - Consistent with its goal of improving its impact on customers, employees and the broader community and environment, UncommonGoods was pleased to be selected as a founding member of B Corporation in May 2007. The B Corporation is a community of companies that agree to meet certain social and environmental standards, and are driven to create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. B Corporations incorporate the collected interests of employees, the community and the environment. B Corporations have the benefit of being a unified market presence and leading the way for green-and cause-marketing campaigns.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2006
UncommonGoods partners with jewelry artist Thomas Mann to contribute to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.
New York, NY, April, 2006 - UncommonGoods is announcing its partnership with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. With the purchase of one of Thomas Mann's jewelry pieces UncommonGoods and Thomas Mann, each contribute $5 to New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Each piece includes a card noting that a $10 contribution will be made to help rebuild the city of New Orleans.
Dedicated to the rebuilding of New Orleans after the devastation of Katrina, the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build decent, affordable houses.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2006
UncommonGoods Adds the Defenders of Wildlife to List of Non-Profit Recipients in its Better to Give Program.
New York, NY, January, 2006 - UncommonGoods is announcing the Defenders of Wildlife as one of the organizations in its Better to Give program, joining the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Comprehensive Development, Inc. and the Americares Relief Fund. Their customers will now have a choice of having UncommonGoods donate a portion of their order to any of these four organizations. Defenders of Wildlife saves plants and animals in their natural habitats for future generations. Dedicated to the protection of all native wildlife, the organization focuses their programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: first, the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and second, habitat alteration and destruction.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2005
UncommonGoods receives BizRate Research Circle of Excellence Platinum award for 2005.
New York, NY, September 2005 - The award recognizes the very best online retailers in customer satisfaction, as judged by previous online buyers from those retailers. This year, out of 62,000 companies reviewed, UncommonGoods was one of 50 online retailers to be awarded this honor, along with companies such as Clinique, Zappos, Crutchfiend and Blue Nile.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 7, 2005
UncommonGoods Adds the AmeriCares Tsunami Relief Fund to List of Non-Profit Recipients in its Better to Give Program
New York, NY, January 7, 2005 - UncommonGoods is announcing the AmeriCares Tsunami Relief Fund as the fourth organization in its Better to Give program, joining the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Comprehensive Development, Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund. Their customers will now have a choice of having UncommonGoods donate a portion of their order any of these four organizations. AmeriCares provides humanitarian assistance throughout the world, and through its Tsunami Relief Fund it has performed a vital role in providing much needed aid to the survivors of the December 26 tsunami in South Asia, bringing aid, essential medicine and water purification to the people of Indonesia and Sri Lanka.The Better to Give program has been in existence since the company began, donating a percentage of their revenue from each order and giving customers a choice in where the funds are donated.
Founded in August 1999, UncommonGoods is privately held and headquartered in New York City.