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Your Story: If you love Michigan, give stuff away for free

photo courtesy of Kedron Rhodes
Kedron Rhodes displaying some of the Michigan-centric designs he's giving away each day in February.

A lot of people like where they live, but there are also people like Kedron Rhodes-who love, love, love, where they live.

The 34 year-old professional designer lives outside of Grand Rapids.

He just can't think of enough ways to show his appreciation for Michigan. But he's trying. One of his ideas is to run a design challenge of sorts. 

Each day in February, Rhodes is making a new graphic design and posting it online.

Anyone can download the designs and use them as they see fit.

"Take it and put it on a product," said Rhodes. "Sell it, give it away, I don't care."

Rhodes is one of a number of young(ish) professionals dedicating themselves to earnest, old fashioned boosterism. It seems uncool and anti-hipster, but strangely-its not.

"I think the state has fantastic energy right now," said Rhodes. "Maybe it's that this re-birth is something my generation can really have an appreciation for."

Rhodes grew up in western Michigan and then left the state for Florida, but he returned three years ago because he says he missed his family, the seasons, and even the snow.

Last year was the first year he ran his design challenge, and he's seeing more interest this year.

Rhodes typically spends about an hour to an hour and a half each evening creating the designs. He says he has yet to see somebody walking by with one of his designs on a t-shirt, but he hopes too, soon.

*This story was informed by the Public Insight Network. Add your story here.



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