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.
This past Thursday, a small delegation from Q headed east to visit the College of Creative Studies (CCS) in downtown Detroit. Though the school expanded into the Taubman Center two years ago, many of us have not had the chance to experience the new spaces. Plus, we were able to combine the tour with an afternoon of graphic design student portfolio reviews, an inspiring day indeed.
My vote for best super bowl ad.
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Read LA Times article. And see all ads here.
Last Friday, I was invited to the Auto Show Charity Preview event. The city was, like the featured cars, electric.
Those of us in the marketing world are familiar with buzz words, those words that seem to find their 15 minutes of fame for whatever reason and infiltrate the media. With the state of the environment ever-present on our minds, the past few years have seen the “green” theme grow (pun intended) to fame. But, it was clear upon entering the awe-inspiring room at Cobo: Blue is the new term synonymous with environmentalism.
Detroit’s nickname the "Motor City" feels more like a historical reference while bicycling the multi-laned streets past the occasional industrial factory ruins. However, in these wide empty lanes lies much great potential. To quote the official motto of Detroit:
<span style=“font-size: larger;”>"Speramus Meliora, Resurget Cineribus!"</span>
Last Friday, I was lucky enough to get into a sold-out talk by Steve Wozniak at Macomb Community College. Maybe you don’t know who Wozniak (or just “Woz”) is, but you certainly know his more famous counterpart: Steve Jobs. The two Steve’s co-founded Apple in the 1970s, starting the personal computer revolution. The reason you may not hear as much about the self-proclaimed “geek” is that he has chosen his quieter role; he is, after all, an engineer, not a businessman. The technology was his idea; the idea to sell it was Jobs’.
My commute from Detroit will be quick ride on the Solar powered interstate high speed rail!
My first visit to The Heidelberg Project in Detroit was nearly 20 years ago.
Michigan Public Radio has been running an interesting series of interviews that takes a look at how to make things better in Michigan. Listen to Monday’s posting with Keith Taylor and visit the Three Things web page to hear past interviews.
Last week, the Q crew (even the out-of-towners) took a break and ventured out of Ann Arbor, due east.
As a member of Automation Alley, I recently attended the organization’s summer networking event and discovered there’s no shortage of inspired individuals who continue to look toward the future.
I just completed a pro-bono job for the InsideOut Literary Project in Detroit – an organization that places professional writers in the Detroit Public Schools to work with students and give them the opportunity to publish and perform their work. The kids write and produce artwork and a number of graphic designers volunteer their time to design and layout the books. Great opportunity for all involved.
After weeks of rumors the Detroit Free Press announced that it would deliver newspapers to homes only Thursday, Friday and Sunday. All of its other newsroom resources would be aimed at developing the paper’s online presence.
The senate voted no last night on the $14 billion dollar auto bailout. This video is a nice reminder that young designers were looking to the future.
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