I just returned from a trip to Poland and was thrilled to see Polish poster art alive and thriving.
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.
For me, as well as many others, the Internet is an endless space where I can become distracted for hours on end. My recent visual explorations have been through the world of packaging design. Being a person that thinks two dimensionally, the actual construction of the various pieces often baffles me. Wine label design has been one of my favorite categories to browse because I can’t imagine there are too many complications with the construction of these labels. Plus, what designer is not guilty of selecting a wine based purely on the aesthetic of the label?
Here’s a round-up of some of my recent favorites.
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.
It was good to be back at the North American International Auto Show during industry preview days visiting our client, Clark Hill PLC. And it was encouraging to see that the reigning Detroit-based auto show was up to speed with more of the energy and excitement of new vehicles and new ideas that were missing a few years ago.
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m not a car gal even though I was born and bred in the Motor City.
Just finished Aarron Walter’s Designing for Emotion this Thanksgiving weekend. What a treat! I was happy to see that Q implements a number of his suggestions in our web site design process: personas, mood boards, digging into the personality traits of the companies and organizations we work with, but what inspired me the most was the reminder to design for “delight” and don’t forget about the human connection.
I’m Andrew Hainen and I am currently a graphic design intern at Q. A project I worked on recently involved making a GIF animation for a holiday email.
Thought it would be fun to share a sneak peek into the design process for The Ark’s Folk Festival work. This year we’re thinking letterpress, thanks to the multiple field trips we’ve taken to Jim Horton’s studio and serious desire to play around with his libraries of type!! We’ll see where it goes, but for now just enjoying the steps along the way.
Last Friday Alissa and I attended the University of Michigan 2011 Alumni Show.
That was the cry of the older scouts of Troop 603, Stevensville, Michigan, on the first night of summer camp 1969, haranguing myself and a few other newbies into a hopeless and hapless wild-goose chase. Eager to earn our stripes and prove our boyhood, we darted off unsuspectingly into the deep, dark forest in search of this elusive creature. For those of you who have never been snipe hunting, I won't spoil the fun, only to say we spent a good part of the night and early morning lost and crying for our mommies, nearly carried away by mosquitoes.
While on a quick weekend trip to Nashville this past weekend, I happened upon Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country. What a wonderful, colorful, historical treat it was! There was only a small space for retail and huge crowd of tourists herding through (such as myself), so I couldn’t stay long. Fortunately, the web is full of info and imagery to satisfy my craving for more.
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.
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