A few months ago a few of us here in the office were bemoaning the fact that cursive handwriting is no longer taught in elementary school. And with our constant communication via Facebook, Twitter, and email very few of us send or receive handwritten letters. Last week I was extremely fortunate to get a special visit to the University of Michigan Library’s Papyrology Collection.
As a member of the Marketing Roundtable presented by Ann Arbor SPARK, I was recently invited to speak to a group of entrepreneurs and business professionals at one of the organization’s monthly programs. I chose this opportunity to share some of what I’ve learned and observed after 20 years on the creative and strategy side of marketing communications, and dispel a few myths about creativity and the creative process.
Last night, a group of Q folk attended 826 Michigan’s Storymakers Dinner at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. This is the third annual and it has been our pleasure to be involved from the start.
Today we received our own Q-designed invitations to the 826 Michigan Storymakers dinner. We are proud to be design sponsors once again for this annual event. 826 is such a wonderful group, supporting and inspiring young children in their creative writing.
Last Thursday I was honored to accept a last minute invitation from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design to lunch with Matthew Carter and Roger Black (thank you Mary Alice Bankert!). Carter and Black were in town last week as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series – one of the best things the School has done for the Ann Arbor community.
Each year, we have the very good fortune of working on the promotional materials for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. This year we focused our concepts on letterpress. There were so many good reasons to go this route, and of course our dear friends at The Ark gave us the freedom to follow our interests and make it come to life.
Q recently turned 30 years old. In honor of this momentous occasion, we’ve spent the last few months putting together a project and planning a party, both of which focused on the various people that have made Q the company that it is today.
Last Friday Alissa and I attended the University of Michigan 2011 Alumni Show.
This weekend, a few of the Q crew let loose and Painted the Town at the Ann Arbor Art Center’s 29th annual Winefest. Q has a longstanding relationship with the Art Center and was proud to design the promotional materials for this year’s event. It was a lovely night of delicious food, interesting wines, and unexpected “happenings” to celebrate why art matters.
This week a few of us had the opportunity to visit Jim Horton’s letterpress studio located just west of Ann Arbor on Waters Road.
Very inspiring day at TedExUofM on April 8, 2011. One of my highlights was MIT PhD student Jameson Toole’s work on data visualization and what we can learn from "big data".
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Learn more about Toole here and see more visualizations on this Flickr page.
Nearly 8 years ago, Q designed a new identity for the Ann Arbor Art Center. Perhaps you've spotted the downtown bike racks inspired by the logo? This year, we are continuing our support of this Ann Arbor landmark by sponsoring their largest annual fundraiser—Winefest. Q designed all of the promotional materials for this year's theme: Paint the Town. The big event will be held at a chic—and unexpected—warehouse on the west side of town on Saturday, May 7, and includes a strolling supper, wine-tastings, live auctions, and "random acts of culture". Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.
Another fabulous Ann Arbor Folk Festival! Once again, Q developed the promotional materials, including the poster, t-shirt designs, advertising, and program book. This year, Q introduced the tagline, "Find your folk" which resonated strongly with our client, The Ark, and the event. ‘Folk’ encompasses such a vast array of artists, each time you attend the Festival (or an Ark show for that matter), you discover the type of folk music that you’re attracted to. And on the other side of the coin, you meet and greet so many wonderful, interesting people at the event.
If you called the Q office this week and talked to one of the crew, you may have heard a tired voice on the other end. Even more than normal. This is because we took our mantra "too much fun" to the extreme last week. We had our annual Q retreat, which is always a fun and exhausting day, but this year we were lucky enough to have our friends Thilo and Laurenz from Q in Wiesbaden, Germany join us. This marked the first time either of them has been to Ann Arbor and we did our best to show them many of our favorite places and things in just 4 days.
Stories and (lots) more photos after the jump.
My commute from Detroit will be quick ride on the Solar powered interstate high speed rail!
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