26 January 2011

Website offers 'artistic approach' to opening minds to veganism

TDIV's interview with Stephanie Gelish, founder of ReasonsToGoVegan.com (R2GV).

TDIV: Tell us about your website ReasonsToGoVegan.com?
Gelish: Reasons To Go Vegan is an artistic approach towards opening people's minds to veganism. The website is updated on a monthly basis, always updated with a new reason on the homepage accompanied by an animation.

What inspired you to start ReasonsToGoVegan.com?
I went to school at Drexel University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Digital Media. I then interned at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY where I created Farm Sanctuary’s “Virtual Experience” which is a digital environment that enables anyone to investigate and explore a richly-detailed simulation of the two very different worlds- factory farms and animal sanctuaries. Farm Sanctuary's Virtual Experience can be found here.

Excited by the success at Farm Sanctuary, I knew I had to develop more online resources promoting Veganism in a ‘cool’ and modern way.

I then created R2GV. Each reason is meant to show help how veganism helps important things such the environment, health, and the well-beings of animals. The animations are also accompanied by links to resourceful articles that provide greater detail and factual information.

How can people get involved?
R2GV is an easy way to spread the word. Watching one short animation a month can really get someone thinking. Don’t think someone would visit the site? Send them an ecard instead.

I also just released keychains for sale on the site. This way you can have 'Reasons To Go Vegan' wherever you go. Keychain includes reasons #1-9 plus a title card that includes the R2GV logo and website information. You can wear it on your belt clip or hook in onto your bag. This way if you ever have someone ask you why you are vegan (which all vegans know happens quite often), you will have an full supply of reasons to make your statement. Cards have high quality art on one side, reason number and information on back.

"Reasons To Go Vegan" or "R2GV" is a great online resource that can be used to help spread the word, educate people, and to broaden people's perspectives on the vegan diet.

Are you currently working on any other projects?
I now work as a professionsl Graphic Designer and Flash Developer in Asheville, NC and continue to develop R2GV. I can be contacted at stephanie@r2gv.com.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit: screen capture reasonstogovegan.com