Episode 159: What Is Vegan Design? with Cayla and Dave Pittman of Harmless Studio

One of my favorite things to discover on this podcast is how moving in a Vegan direction can open up your life. The practice of limiting and eliminating the use of animals as products can open up your awareness of what is happening all around us and how important our choices are.

In this week’s episode, we find out what makes design “Vegan.”

My guests are Cayla Maki Pittman and Dave Pittman, owners of Harmless Studio in Maine. In their business, Cayla and Dave focus on vegan and sustainable design and marketing projects.


Not long ago, manufacturers and retailers were much more reluctant to use the word “VEGAN” than they are today. I still run into it, but my conversation with Cayla and Dave shows that there is a new generation of businesses that are embracing the word as well as the ethos.

Cayla is an interactive designer and digital marketer. She studied Interactive Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Cayla also holds a certificate in management from Harvard Business School and has been recognized by the United Nations, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy, and PETA.

Dave is an award-winning interdisciplinary designer and former creative director at the multinational ad agency Y&R (Young & Rubicam). As a designer, he has worked for Fortune 100 companies, global NGOs, and everywhere in between. He is a certified vegan interior designer and holds a master’s degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he also sometimes teaches.

Cayla and Dave Pittman are the perfect team to introduce us to the concerns, opportunities, and challenges of “designing while Vegan,” as they aim for sustainability and doing no harm.

Find out more about Cayla and Dave Pittman on their website.

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