I just returned from a trip to Poland and was thrilled to see Polish poster art alive and thriving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few of us culled together some of latest favorite iPhone apps to share here. The other smartphone contingents will have to post separately.
Last Friday Alissa and I attended the University of Michigan 2011 Alumni Show.
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I love that Gillian Welch and David Rawlings devoted so much time, effort, thought, and (coffee) creativity to their new album’s CD packaging, The Harrow & The Harvest. It’s this kind of passion for the arts; music, illustration, design, and printing that will keep these physical pieces alive. I look forward to hearing the full album and holding the work of art in my hands. I may just have to go for the Hatch Show Print bundle which includes a poster from the iconic letterpress shop I blogged about a few months ago!
In the last few years, visual bookmarking sites have exploded. It only makes sense, we are very visual creatures and it helps to remember a link when you see an image attached to it. Plus, it’s way more fun, especially for us designer-folk! I only recently started exploring and using some of these services, but I thought I’d share a quick roundup for anyone interested in learning more.
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.
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