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Side Projects

November 21, 2017

Designer and Illustrator Ngaio Parr Launched “Make Nice” to Elevate and Inspire Creative Women

Designer and Illustrator Ngaio Parr Launched “Make Nice” to Elevate and Inspire Creative Women

“I built Make Nice to make things easier and better for working in the creative industries.” Read more.

Side Projects

November 3, 2017

Designer Rebecca MacDonald’s Mentoring, Collaborating and More

Designer Rebecca MacDonald’s Mentoring, Collaborating and More

“It is really refreshing to take a break from my day-to-day design work and create something completely different and unique.” Read more.

Side Projects

November 2, 2017

Designer, Photographer Bekka Palmer Turns Threads into Textile Products

Designer, Photographer Bekka Palmer Turns Threads into Textile Products

“A side project is totally necessary for my creative-self.” Read more.

Side Projects

October 18, 2017

Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Nudges People to Save The Fucking World

Hand Letterer Libbie Bischoff Nudges People to Save The Fucking World

“I have always been passionate about the environment and I am hoping my artwork can help with that.” Read more.

Events

October 10, 2017

Countering the Dominant Narrative of Turbulence at the 10th Cusp Conference

Countering the Dominant Narrative of Turbulence at the 10th Cusp Conference

“The stage—for the tenth time—was conspicuously lit by presenters selected for their Cusp-charged qualities in going against the grain in their line of work.” Read more.

Side Projects

October 3, 2017

User Experience Facilitator and Designer Kat Vellos Fosters Better Conversations

User Experience Facilitator and Designer Kat Vellos Fosters Better Conversations

“I created Better Than Small Talk as a way to inspire more open, authentic connections between people.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 30, 2017

Writer Keah Brown’s uplifting hashtag #DisabledAndCute on Twitter

Writer Keah Brown’s uplifting hashtag #DisabledAndCute on Twitter

“#DisabledAndCute is not about seeking validation from anyone but yourself.” Read more.

Interview

September 26, 2017

Stephanie Lawrence Centers on Design that is Positive and Enriching

Stephanie Lawrence Centers on Design that is Positive and Enriching

“User experience is about thinking about how someone will use what you design.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 22, 2017

Designer and Educator Jamie Cavanaugh Activates Lifelong Learning for the Global Design Community

Designer and Educator Jamie Cavanaugh Activates Lifelong Learning for the Global Design Community

“In March 2017, I started my side project, Design Higher, a website focusing on lifelong learning for designers.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 20, 2017

Designers Rashi Birla and Nicklesh Soni share Their Wanderlust

Designers Rashi Birla and Nicklesh Soni share Their Wanderlust

“We use a combination of photos and words to share our discovery of the people, places and things along our travels.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 15, 2017

Exploring through Urban Journaling: Stationery Enthusiast April Wu

Exploring through Urban Journaling: Stationery Enthusiast April Wu

“I doodle, sketch, paint and utilize crafting materials to document adventures and explorations from my daily life.” Read more.

Interview

September 14, 2017

Building a Career from Scratch: Illustrator, Art Director, Graphic Novelist Meags Fitzgerald

Building a Career from Scratch: Illustrator, Art Director, Graphic Novelist Meags Fitzgerald

“I believe I’m worth investing in and that my career/life is worth taking some risks for. ” Read more.

Side Projects

September 12, 2017

Product Designer Avalon Hu Reconnects with the Art of Illustration

Product Designer Avalon Hu Reconnects with the Art of Illustration

“I decided to set a goal to invest in my illustration skills and be more serious about it.” Read more.

Interview

September 10, 2017

Rachel Happen Approaches Business with a Dancer’s Skills

Rachel Happen Approaches Business with a Dancer’s Skills

“Observing how people move is like listening to a language everyone can speak.” Read more.

Side Projects

September 7, 2017

Organizational Designer Mollie West Duffy & Illustrator Liz Fosslien Declare Emotional Fluency

Organizational Designer Mollie West Duffy & Illustrator Liz Fosslien Declare Emotional Fluency

“Emotions can serve as valuable guideposts for decision-making.” Read more.

Side Projects

August 30, 2017

Designer and Writer Matthew Wyne’s Love Affair with Cocktails

Designer and Writer Matthew Wyne’s Love Affair with Cocktails

“I started Letters & Liquor, a blog that illustrates the history of lettering associated with cocktails.” Read more.

Interview

August 29, 2017

Innovating the hiring process: CFO Abby Cheesman and CEO Elena Valentine of Skill Scout

Innovating the hiring process: CFO Abby Cheesman and CEO Elena Valentine of Skill Scout

“We represent a small subset of pioneers who are redefining how companies communicate their jobs and company culture through video.” Read more.

Side Projects

August 27, 2017

CEO Claire Lew’s Art of Painting

CEO Claire Lew’s Art of Painting

“I feel insanely lucky that my mother exposed me to creating things with my hands.” Read more.

Interview

August 23, 2017

Aviate Press’ Ava Puckett makes handmade goods to lift your spirits

Aviate Press’ Ava Puckett makes handmade goods to lift your spirits

“I made it an effort to surround myself with other artists and entrepreneurs who were supportive and helpful.” Read more.

Interview

August 20, 2017

Photography service Snip Snap Go by Erika Dufour and Renee Gooch

Photography service Snip Snap Go by Erika Dufour and Renee Gooch

“Snip Snap Go makes it easy for you to take professional and affordable photos.” Read more.

Blogger’s Quest(ionnaire)

August 17, 2017

Lisa Charlotte Rost

Lisa Charlotte Rost

“The pipeline from ‘quick idea’ to ‘tweet-able blog post’ is long and wonderful and distressing.” Read more.

Events

August 14, 2017

Cusp Conference Celebrates 10 Years

Cusp Conference Celebrates 10 Years

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Cusp Conference, an annual gathering of creative types with a penchant for the eclectic.” Read more.

Side Projects

August 9, 2017

For Illustrator and Designer Anna Raff, “Things Are Looking Grimm”

For Illustrator and Designer Anna Raff, “Things Are Looking Grimm”

“My most recent side project is a series of illustrations based on the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.” Read more.

Side Projects

July 30, 2017

Running and Drawing by Lori Richmond

Running and Drawing by Lori Richmond

“I draw something I see on my run, in the same amount of time as my run.” Read more.

Interview

July 16, 2017

Calligrapher Bella Schilling is Fascinated with Letterforms

Calligrapher Bella Schilling is Fascinated with Letterforms

“I got accidentally obsessed with calligraphy.” Read more.

Side Projects

July 14, 2017

User Experience Designer Kaitlyn Rich Nerds Out on Plants and Herbalism

User Experience Designer Kaitlyn Rich Nerds Out on Plants and Herbalism

“I’ve always been interested in plants, working and volunteering with various urban garden and farm programs.” Read more.

Interview

July 7, 2017

Historian Sarah M. Dreller Starts Conversations on Modern Art and Architecture, Making Them Relevant

Historian Sarah M. Dreller Starts Conversations on Modern Art and Architecture, Making Them Relevant

“Making the conversation about peoples’ experiences of art and architecture nurtures a sense of relevance organically.” Read more.

Side Projects

July 1, 2017

Freelance Writer & Editor Madeleine Dore Reveals “Extraordinary Routines” of the Creative Community

Freelance Writer & Editor Madeleine Dore Reveals “Extraordinary Routines” of the Creative Community

“In 2014, I started my online interview project ‘Extraordinary Routines’ as a way to uncover how creative people go about their days.” Read more.

Interview

June 28, 2017

Marcel and His Letters: Carolyn Porter’s Bold Passage in Typeface Design, Writing and Publishing

Marcel and His Letters: Carolyn Porter’s Bold Passage in Typeface Design, Writing and Publishing

“The fundamental truth of the project: I needed to share Marcel’s beautiful and heart-breaking words of love.” Read more.

Events

June 26, 2017

iPhone as a Tool for Creative Expression: Elise Swopes at the 64th CreativeMornings in Chicago

iPhone as a Tool for Creative Expression: Elise Swopes at the 64th CreativeMornings in Chicago

“This amazing opportunity to create at the tip of your fingertips.” Read more.

Side Projects

June 9, 2017

Industrial Designer Carmen Liu’s Explorations to Create Immersive Experiences

Industrial Designer Carmen Liu’s Explorations to Create Immersive Experiences

“Always on the lookout for ways to create an immersive experience and change the perspectives of those who participate.” Read more.

Events

June 5, 2017

At the 63rd CreativeMornings in Chicago, Leah Ball Creates Art with Unabashed Sensuality

At the 63rd CreativeMornings in Chicago, Leah Ball Creates Art with Unabashed Sensuality

“Ball’s talk spoke to wayfinding—the human quest of identity and for meaning.” Read more.

Side Projects

June 3, 2017

Carissa and Paul Hempton’s Print Prologue collection of tools for the creative community

Carissa and Paul Hempton’s Print Prologue collection of tools for the creative community

“Informing, educating and celebrating the process of small-format print design and the details that make it special.” Read more.

Events

May 8, 2017

Events

April 27, 2017

Side Projects

April 23, 2017

Amy Papaelias Co-Founded Typographic Collaborative Alphabettes.org

Amy Papaelias Co-Founded Typographic Collaborative Alphabettes.org

“I help run Alphabettes.org, a network and blog that promotes the work of women in typeface design, typography and the lettering arts.” Read more.

Events

April 19, 2017

Contemplating CreativeMornings and Zooming in on the Chicago Chapter

Contemplating CreativeMornings and Zooming in on the Chicago Chapter

“CreativeMornings is my kind of design conference: local, no-frills and grounded.” Read more.

Interview

April 12, 2017

Argent’s Sali Christeson and Eleanor Turner Make Functional Work Clothes with Attitude

Argent’s Sali Christeson and Eleanor Turner Make Functional Work Clothes with Attitude

“We want to change the game for women by giving them the clothes they need to succeed.” Read more.

Side Projects

April 1, 2017

Hands-On Creativity by Designers Pam Daniels and Brandon Williams of Welcome Industries

Hands-On Creativity by Designers Pam Daniels and Brandon Williams of Welcome Industries

“We love unlocking people’s potential to imagine and create.” Read more.

Side Projects

March 30, 2017

Poet Hannah Stephenson’s Paging Columbus for the Literary Community

Poet Hannah Stephenson’s Paging Columbus for the Literary Community

“There is no shortage of seriously talented writers here in Columbus, Ohio, as well as around the state.” Read more.

Events

March 24, 2017

Audience Takes the Stage at 60th CreativeMornings in Chicago

Audience Takes the Stage at 60th CreativeMornings in Chicago

“This third go-around felt like a movie with a bold start, a fulfilling middle, but a confusing ending.” Read more.

Side Projects

March 21, 2017

Sasha Endoh’s Mentoring of Girls and Ladies to Achieve Digital Skills

Sasha Endoh’s Mentoring of Girls and Ladies to Achieve Digital Skills

“It’s really an amazing experience to see women and girls go from feeling unsure and intimidated to coding their own websites.” Read more.

Rejane Dal Bello

Rejane Dal Bello

“Once we grow our mind, we also grow experiences as a designer.” Read more.

Side Projects

March 5, 2017

Jarrett Fuller’s Podcast about the Intersection of Criticism and Practice for Graphic Designers

Jarrett Fuller’s Podcast about the Intersection of Criticism and Practice for Graphic Designers

“I talk to designers, writers, curators and educators about the role of a critical and theoretical discourse within and around the design profession.” Read more.

Interview

February 21, 2017

Foresight Design Initiative’s Lyndon Valicenti: Design Methods, Systems Thinking and Inclusion

Foresight Design Initiative’s Lyndon Valicenti: Design Methods, Systems Thinking and Inclusion

“I need to believe in the power of design to facilitate inclusive conversations for action.” Read more.

Side Projects

February 14, 2017

Product Designer Elayna Spratley’s Balance in Mind, Body, Style & Spirit

Product Designer Elayna Spratley’s Balance in Mind, Body, Style & Spirit

“#BalanceMBSS is a lifestyle project that focuses on promoting higher mental, physical, fashion and spiritual well-being.” Read more.

Side Projects

February 13, 2017

Indie rock band Sunjacket’s Garret Bodette

Indie rock band Sunjacket’s Garret Bodette

“A side project is necessary to feeling creatively balanced.” Read more.

Side Projects

February 10, 2017

Sad Asian Girls

Sad Asian Girls

“Side projects are an outlet to transform our greatest concerns or interests into form in a productive way.” Read more.

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