Fruits of Funemployment: A Graphic Designer's Take on the Great Recession

In a cover story a few weeks ago, we took a look at the surprisingly sunny mindset of many young San Francisco workers who have lost their jobs in the current economic downturn. The lifestyles of the “funemployed” provoked responses both angry and sympathetic from SF Weekly readers. This morning, however, we received what is far and away the most creative riff on our description of funemployment so far.

Irina Blok, a 31-year-old graphic designer who was laid off from Google about a month ago, has come up with a series of buttons and a t-shirt that she says were inspired by the funemployment story. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Blok now lives in San Francisco. You can check out her Web site here; a sampling of the buttons can be seen above. (“I've already had a few orders,” she tells us.) Here's the t-shirt and a button close-up:

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