Archive for October, 2014
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Spooktacular Crafting on Neenah Paper

Elements has done it again! Spicing up their studio with sinister machinations and quirky craft creations, the fantastic four (Amy Graver, Chelsea May, Tracy Forbes, and Kathryn Chase-Levin), hosted another successful crafting party for friends and colleagues. Using Neenah Paper, they served up spooky spirits and snacks while a Pandora playlist of Halloween music ...

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Detroit Design Festival 2014: Alive & Well, Thank You

New Blood Quickens Detroit’s Pulse Are you a fearless creator? The heart of Detroit is calling your name. It seems everyone gave Detroit up for dead.  The recent Detroit Design Festival 2014 (DDF) is  proof that the rumors of Detroit’s death are greatly exaggerated. They city’s young and imaginative spirits are transforming a repellant curse […] ...

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Menu Design à la Carte and by The Book

Menu Design is a lavishly illustrated book that is literally made to order for designers, whether you design menus or not. It makes for delicious reading, serving up fresh insights from renowned menu engineer Gregg Rapp [http://www.menutechnologies.net]. It also presents a tactile buffet of printing and bindery techniques, all produced on CLASSIC® Papers from ...

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Poster Backstory: Justin Ahrens — ARTCRANK Chicago 2014

  Justin Ahrens Puts a New Lid On The Great Emancipator Some people do their best thinking on a bicycle. And when Justin Ahrens rides, he thinks big. The best idea he’s ever had on a bike ride is Wheels4Water, a 1,000+ mile bike trip that helped raise more than $90,000 to provide access to clean […]

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Design Family Reunion: Extraordinary Workshops, Quiet Excitement

Alyson Kuhn reports on the joy of Design Family Reunion: "The workshop facilitator-orchestrators went to great lengths – literally and figuratively – to spark everyone’s creativity. Actually, the word workshop seems inadequate. Each activity was totally hands-on, but also a bit contemplative. Let’s call them creative immersion experiences. Here’s who ...

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Camp is Always Better with a Fire

I have to hand it to AIGA Minnesota. What this AIGA chapter does is create one impressive conference. I’m not sure how they do it – well deserved praise to those involved. Design Camp is something worth checking out. Day two started off with Cap Watkins of Etsy. There is a reason Cooper-Hewitt just presented Etsy […]

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Guess Who Makes an Appearance at Design Camp

There’s something special about a retreat or conference secluded far enough away that everyone is forced to stay in the group. And from my encounters, a lot more people travelled here alone than I expected. But there is no better place to meet new friends than at times like this. Design Camp, so far, is […]

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Design Camp and the Secret Paper Society

I’ve been hearing about AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp for maybe twelve years or so. Twice during that span, I came very close to attending, but it didn’t work out. So, third time’s a charm? After a long drive from Omaha yesterday, I finally made it. Above, the #NeenahSecret. If you’re at the conference, find a […]

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Brand New Conference: The Wrap

Emily Potts offers a wrap up on last weekend's 2014 Brand New Conference in Chicago. Don’t miss next year’s Brand New Conference in New York City! For more information on the event, visit UnderConsideration.com. This is first time the conference has been held in Chicago and the first time the event covered two days.

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