Kind-Post was a website I created for my senior Honors project at Creighton. While it is no longer active, the project holds a special place in my heart. The planning process took quite a while, but I did the bulk of the development in one week. Above are some screenshots of the website (both desktop and mobile stylesheets). Below is the original mission statement and about page reprinted in full:
To unite people under a simple goal. To share kindness through storytelling. To inspire generosity of spirit in daily life. To encourage random acts of kindness. To promote a common understanding that everyone deserves a little nice in their life. And through this, to make the world a better place.
It’s all up to you. You do something nice. You post the story here. Others read, are inspired, act kind. They post their stories. Here are some concrete ideas for things you can do:
- buy the person behind you in line a coffee or an ice cream or a taco
- tip your waiter or barista double, triple, quadruple the average
- complement an acquaintance or colleague on something they do well
- let a car merge into your lane even though it’s rush hour and you’re late
- clean up your mess when you eat at a restaurant: stack the plates, throw your trash away, put the chairs back if you took them from another table, etc.
- pick up 10 pieces of litter
- talk to that one kid in your class who no one else will talk to
- volunteer at a homeless shelter, tutoring program, hospital, etc.
- hold a door open for someone
- stand up for someone
It’s kind of a long story. When I was in college, I worked as a grocery cashier for two years. The store I worked at was locally owned and very small. Mine was a simple job, but I always tried to do my best. One night, I made a mistake. I was the only cashier on the clock and the store was nearly empty. A customer came in and purchased a few items. I rang him up and handed him his change, like I’d done for a thousand other customers a thousand other times. He took his change and began to walk away, but stopped, came back, and said that I had shorted him $10. He insisted that he had given me a twenty and showed me that I had only given him change for a ten. Being an experienced cashier, and having had the unfortunate experience of being shortchanged, I stuck to my guns and told him sorry but he’d given me a ten and there was nothing I could do. He seemed a little annoyed but left without making a scene.
A couple hours later, my boss walked over to the register and told me that the customer had called and explained the situation. He wasn’t upset, he just wanted to make my boss aware of what had happened. My boss apologized and promised he would count the drawer to see if he could determine if I’d actually given the customer the wrong change. After counting the drawer, my boss found that it was over $9 and change. That, to him, signified that I had actually given the customer the incorrect change since the drawer was typically off by no more than a dollar or two. Well, of course I felt terrible. My boss called the customer back to tell him that we would gladly return the $10 to him the next time he could stop by the store. Instead of getting upset, however, the customer told my boss to give the $10 to me and to tell me to ‘pay it forward.’ Surprised, and somewhat mortified by this stranger’s generosity, I took the $10 home and pinned it to my bulletin board. I wanted to do something significant with it. So I thought. And thought.
A year and a half later, I spent it on the rights to the domain name of this website. And the rest is history in the making.
project type: web design