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Interview

October 5, 2014

Illustrator Alice Stevenson, Wandering the Natural and Urban Landscape

Illustrator Alice Stevenson, Wandering the Natural and Urban Landscape

“I enjoy the problem-solving in creating communicative imagery.” Read more.

Interview

September 30, 2014

Andrew & Kelsey McClellan, the Heart & Bone of Sign Painting

Andrew & Kelsey McClellan, the Heart & Bone of Sign Painting

“Basically, with a hand-painted sign, you are saying this place is meant to be here and stay here.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 20, 2014

Marielle Schmidt’s growth of ParentsWork

Marielle Schmidt’s growth of ParentsWork

“As soon as I became a parent, I became passionate about the role of parenting in our modern society.” Read more.

Events

September 19, 2014

Anna Rascouët-Paz: Curiosity at 5th CreativeMornings in San Francisco

Anna Rascouët-Paz: Curiosity at 5th CreativeMornings in San Francisco

“If intelligence is the ability to connect the dots, the first step is to gather them. That's what curiosity is about.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 13, 2014

Amy Marquez’s Improvisational Comedy

Amy Marquez’s Improvisational Comedy

“Even though my career is very creative, I need an outlet for the performance side of creativity.” Read more.

Designer’s Quest(ionnaire)

September 9, 2014

Chelsea Lee

Chelsea Lee

“Set goals. Do personal projects. Work your ass off.” Read more.

Interview

September 8, 2014

Freelance Illustrator Lucy Engelmann, Inspired by Nature and Drawing

Freelance Illustrator Lucy Engelmann, Inspired by Nature and Drawing

“I have always loved detail, and I find in life that I get easily distracted by the details of everyday things.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 3, 2014

Melissa Delzio’s Our Portland Story

Melissa Delzio’s Our Portland Story

“Our Portland Story is very rewarding, in that I am filling a need in the community, and providing a platform for creative expression and education.” Read more.

Tonya Douraghy

Tonya Douraghy

“To never be bored.” Read more.

Events

August 26, 2014

A Journal of Life: Erin Huizenga at 33rd CreativeMornings in Chicago

A Journal of Life: Erin Huizenga at 33rd CreativeMornings in Chicago

“To fail forward: To pursue what I believe in…” Read more.

Events

August 25, 2014

Anticipation for Cusp Conference 2014

Anticipation for Cusp Conference 2014

“I anticipate the combined effect of Cusp Conference 2014 to echo that of 2013: seated but spellbound.” Read more.

Interview

August 21, 2014

Writing and Art Together: Summer Pierre, Cartoonist, Writer, Illustrator

Writing and Art Together: Summer Pierre, Cartoonist, Writer, Illustrator

“I have been drawing longer than writing, but there is something about writing that is the taproot of all that I do.” Read more.

Side Projects

August 20, 2014

Elizabeth Baddeley’s Curious Kansas City

Elizabeth Baddeley’s Curious Kansas City

“I’m overly sensitive when people say things like ‘Gee, you must have a lot of free time.’ This isn’t my free time. It’s my drawing time!” Read more.

Interview

August 19, 2014

Looking at Letters and Designing Them: Laura Meseguer, Type Designer

Looking at Letters and Designing Them: Laura Meseguer, Type Designer

“From the very beginning, I started to look at letters and its design as ways to express ideas and concepts.” Read more.

Heather Noddings

Heather Noddings

“Learn from everyone you work with, every project you work on.” Read more.

Events

August 6, 2014

Tactile Craft of Ches Perry at 32nd CreativeMornings in Chicago

Tactile Craft of Ches Perry at 32nd CreativeMornings in Chicago

“Ches is a traditional sign painter. The results are characters of letters, letters with character.” Read more.

Side Projects

August 5, 2014

Shauna Panczyszyn’s Three Word Stories

Shauna Panczyszyn’s Three Word Stories

“When I was doing lettering warm-ups in the morning, I realized that creating three-word sentences seemed to be the easiest for me.” Read more.

Interview

August 2, 2014

Katie and Joseph Thompson, Designers and Makers in All Things Wood

Katie and Joseph Thompson, Designers and Makers in All Things Wood

“We know how precious our materials are—it’s part of our passion for creating something worthy of the wood.” Read more.

Side Projects

July 30, 2014

Margot Harrington’s Sunday Sauce Brands Workshop

Margot Harrington’s Sunday Sauce Brands Workshop

“The workshop focuses on other micro-businesses, start-ups, and folks with their own side-hustle.” Read more.

Naomie Ross

Naomie Ross

“Observe design all around.” Read more.

Interview

July 21, 2014

Justin Hart, the Problem-Solving Ceramist

Justin Hart, the Problem-Solving Ceramist

“I keep working as a ceramic artist, because I will I ever exhaust the possibilities of what clay can do.” Read more.

Side Projects

July 20, 2014

Ben Derico’s Documentaries

Ben Derico’s Documentaries

“Being able to take on a small project here or there that allows me to learn about a new person, place, or thing, is really special, and it’s something that the film medium allows me to do.” Read more.

Interview

July 7, 2014

Bags and Biking Culture: Maria Boustead, Founder of Po Campo

Bags and Biking Culture: Maria Boustead, Founder of Po Campo

“My desire for a multifunctional bag went from something I wanted for myself to a business opportunity.” Read more.

Side Projects

July 5, 2014

Len Kendall’s adventure-game Cartegram

Len Kendall’s adventure-game Cartegram

“Cartegram is essentially a scavenger hunt that inspires people to explore their surroundings.” Read more.

Annaka Olsen

Annaka Olsen

“The community around design is welcoming and nurturing, the world has become aware of the importance of design in our lives.” Read more.

Jena Buckwell

Jena Buckwell

“You’re more than your résumé, and developing and maintaining genuine relationships are more important than your job title.” Read more.

Ivy Kim

Ivy Kim

“A desire to communicate with everyone. Early on, I enjoyed building, creating.” Read more.

Side Projects

June 25, 2014

Kim Knoll’s jewelry line RFRM and Kyle Eertmoed’s Handiemail

Kim Knoll’s jewelry line RFRM and Kyle Eertmoed’s Handiemail

“If we start a side project, it’s not because someone is telling us to do it. We’re doing it because we want to—because we’re passionate about it.” Read more.

Interview

June 20, 2014

Faythe Levine and Sam Macon celebrate American tradition of handmade signs in film “Sign Painters”

Faythe Levine and Sam Macon celebrate American tradition of handmade signs in film “Sign Painters”

“Since letters and signage have always been of interest to me, I was always surprised that there wasn’t more information available about sign painters…” Read more.

Events

June 16, 2014

Minimal to the max: Scott Wilson at 31st Chicago CreativeMornings

Minimal to the max: Scott Wilson at 31st Chicago CreativeMornings

“Minimize complexity. Minimize risk. Minimize indecision.” Read more.

Side Projects

June 12, 2014

Nathalie Williams’ Knitting

Nathalie Williams’ Knitting

“Knitting is a productive activity, and I enjoy the sense of accomplishment when I finish a piece.” Read more.

Julia Jamieson

Julia Jamieson

“It’s a joy to be a designer, so remembering that is a part of being successful.” Read more.

Events

June 11, 2014

Artist Vanessa German’s gift of love at Pittsburgh CreativeMornings #12

Artist Vanessa German’s gift of love at Pittsburgh CreativeMornings #12

“If I’m brave at all, it’s because I believe in the power of love.” Read more.

Events

June 9, 2014

The Experience Institute’s Victor Saad at Chicago CreativeMornings #30

The Experience Institute’s Victor Saad at Chicago CreativeMornings #30

“How might we establish experience as a viable form of higher education?” Read more.

Side Projects

June 8, 2014

Chris Maier’s Little Salon

Chris Maier’s Little Salon

“Little Salon grows out of a belief that the vitality of a community can be measured by that community’s homegrown creativity.” Read more.

Interview

June 6, 2014

Illustrator Lissy Marlin: Bringing animated characters and their environments to life

Illustrator Lissy Marlin: Bringing animated characters and their environments to life

“It’s hard to feel uninspired after seeing so many people working day and night towards their own personal career goals!” Read more.

Krista Radoeva

Krista Radoeva

“A successful designer needs to have strong beliefs, not only within the bubble of their own discipline, but for the world that surrounds them.” Read more.

Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

“Creative spaces, and the creative and contemplative life, interest me. We need more of it.” Read more.

Melissa Dettloff

Melissa Dettloff

“Always having a personal project or two on the side, to work on, helps me stay motivated and the ideas flowing.” Read more.

Interview

May 14, 2014

Closer Look: “Graphic Design for Non-Profit Organizations” made by Peter Laundy and Massimo Vignelli

Closer Look: “Graphic Design for Non-Profit Organizations” made by Peter Laundy and Massimo Vignelli

“A sensible objective to bring more structure and professionalism to non-profit communications.” Read more.

Interview

May 9, 2014

Designer Hannah Rebernick and Writer Cara Narkun of Zealous Bee

Designer Hannah Rebernick and Writer Cara Narkun of Zealous Bee

“We try to keep the shop true to our personalities—that’s why items in our shop range from math-themed jewelry to abstract geometric designs.” Read more.

Interview

May 6, 2014

Giving a damn: New York to Nashville’s Danielle Romero on reclaiming fabrics and telling stories

Giving a damn: New York to Nashville’s Danielle Romero on reclaiming fabrics and telling stories

“There is something thrilling—and crushing—about finding just a little bit of an amazing vintage fabric.” Read more.

Interview

April 29, 2014

Making every customer review count: Chris Campbell of Review Trackers

Making every customer review count: Chris Campbell of Review Trackers

“Exciting and rewarding to work with a group of smart, talented, and dedicated people who believe in what we’re trying to do as an organization.” Read more.

Interview

April 28, 2014

Fashion design for modern badass women: Jessica Caldwell of Machine

Fashion design for modern badass women: Jessica Caldwell of Machine

“If you want to get real, you need to be tenacious and have a ton of courage. It’s not all pretty dresses and photoshoots.” Read more.

Events

April 27, 2014

Demystifying the World of Sex Toys: Searah Deysach at Chicago CreativeMornings #29

Demystifying the World of Sex Toys: Searah Deysach at Chicago CreativeMornings #29

“I wondered, ‘Why isn’t there a sex-toy store in Chicago that’s cool and friendly?’ Then I thought, ‘Fuck it! I’m going to open Chicago’s first woman-owned sex-toy store!’” Read more.

Interview

April 23, 2014

Economy of means and expression: Designer, Book Artist Melissa Green

Economy of means and expression: Designer, Book Artist Melissa Green

“When you’re making a book you have control over the design as well as the platform, because the book is its own platform.” Read more.

Publication

April 16, 2014

Typographic detail: Considering type size and line spacing for BROKEN

Typographic detail: Considering type size and line spacing for BROKEN

After selecting the fonts for my latest book BROKEN, one of the next typographic steps was to determine their sizes and line spacing. Read more.

Advice

April 3, 2014

Speaking tips gleaned from CreativeMornings

Speaking tips gleaned from CreativeMornings

Recalling the people who gave terrific talks at the monthly gatherings of CreativeMornings/Chicago, some things I found useful as I reflected back on these presentations. Read more.

Interview

March 31, 2014

Making iPad adventure “Doggins” by indie game developers Brain&Brain

Making iPad adventure “Doggins” by indie game developers Brain&Brain

“We tried to strike a balance that allowed for discovery without driving the player to frustration.” Read more.

New self-published book! “BROKEN”

This book applies to you, the hard worker. Cope, engage, and survive the rewarding and manic reality of the “modern workplace.” Learn more and buy a copy.

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