After Felt & Wire‘s launch of the Design Ignites Change Notebook Project, I was curious to see what kind of response my notebook would get. As a one (wo)man show, relatively fresh out of college and without having my own press, I felt a bit intimidated and yet very honored to be in a crowd of so many great printers. Soon after the sale of the notebooks started, I noticed my notebook had a few likes in the shop. That made me feel great but I figured it was probably just my mom and a friend or two who added the item as a favorite :)
With the launch of the project, Felt & Wire began featuring interviews with the designers and printers who participated in the project. It was at this time I realized my notebook was starting to be a success. Nothing feels quite as good as complete strangers’ comments about how your notebook is their favorite. Check out my interview here!
Right after my interview was featured, Felt & Wire began a contest to determine which notebook from the Feedback Loop was the crowd’s favorite. After a short week of people voting on facebook, my notebook was voted the favorite! As a wonderful and unexpected reward, I received an entire set of notebooks from the project. Upon opening the box, I was delighted to see the variety in construction and design and to find the little hidden elements that were not noticeable in the storefront photos.
If that all wasn’t enough, Felt & Wire’s featured collection last week was
curated by Kristin Appenbrink, the associate editor of RealSimple.com.
Upon taking a look, I came to find my notebook featured in her collection.
What a wonderful surprise.
I’ve been intending to start my process of selling at the Felt & Wire shop since before my participation in the Feedback Loop. After seeing the success of my notebook, I’m hopeful that other things I’ve created will be received just as well. I’ll try to get my work moved down to me in Indianapolis from Chicago very soon so I can start sharing my work with others.
In the meantime, a big thank you goes out to everyone who has supported the Notebook Project and to Felt & Wire for doing what they do so wonderfully.
I realized that it may seem like I disappeared for the past month…I did. I went through the process of moving from Chicago to Indianapolis for a job at in interactive design. After seeing my work you may be surprised that I didn’t say print, but you heard me right…full-time interactive design. It was very difficult to leave the community that I was getting to know in Chicago but I thought, what better way to learn something new than by doing something 100 percent at a place that is giving you a chance to learn?
The place is Vision3 Creative (V3 for short). It’s a small studio of 14 people
that has grown with four more since I arrived one month ago! V3 focuses on interactive media with a strong emphasis on touch-screen experiences.
They love the color orange (as indicated above by their logo) so I think it’s
a good fit. Oh, and the people and studio space are awesome as well.
I’m getting used to designing in pixels and haven’t yet adjusted to the idea of having nothing physically tangible upon the completion of a project. I think I’ll have to get busy with some of my own projects in my spare time!
The Design Ignites Change Notebook Project is set to launch on Wednesday, September 8th (tomorrow!). Since you’ll be seeing my notebooks very soon (along with those that the other letterpress printers have created) I thought I’d reveal photos of the entire process as well as details of the finished piece.
To see the photos of my process and finished notebooks, check out my flickr.
Be sure to head over to the Felt & Wire Shop on Wednesday when all the notebooks are up for sale. I’m excited to finally see what everyone has
been working on!
This week has been full of exciting news for the summer. First to note, I applied for an internship with The Post Family. After interviewing with them a week ago, I eagerly anticipated the news of whether or not I got in. Well, the “bad” news is that I didn’t get an internship. The great news is that I am their first ever artist-in-residence! I’m looking forward to helping out, meeting people, and making work.
Secondly, I just found out today that I’ll be joining nine other college students and recent graduates for the third annual Camp Firebelly! I’ll spend ten days camping out in the studio of Firebelly Design while working on a project for a non-profit client from initiation through completion. I can’t wait.
It’s going to be a summer full of working with extremely talented people and making great work. I’ll be keeping you updated along the way.
Last week was AIGA Chicago‘s Design week. After being at Indiana University for the past 4.5 years, it was great to finally meet some people in the design community of Chicago.
Wednesday night I attended the studio walk on the North Side of Chicago where I got to check out the spaces and work of Sonnenzimmer, Winterbureau, Someoddpilot, Rohner Letterpress, Threadless, and 50,000feet. It is refreshing to see the variety of work that’s being produced in such a small area of Chicago. After talking to some of the members of these studios, I have to admit that I still want to do it all—from letterpress production work and screen printing to designing for both print and digital media. Good thing I’m still young and just getting started!
Thursday night was the Annual Members Meeting at Salvage One where I met some wonderful people and had a great time. During the presentation, I enjoyed hearing stories about when Morningstar worked with Paul Rand to get their logo designed, learning more about the work and life of Arnold Goodwin, and listening to Kevin Lyons speak about what inspires him. Also, I was recognized as the recipient of the 2010 Student Enrichment Scholarship (in the photo above you can see me nervously coming up with things to say while accepting the award).
Friday night, I headed to We Are Famliy (a show of emerging talent in Chicago) and met more great people, including a few members of The Post Family.
Overall, it was a fun-filled week of great people and inspiring work. A big thank you to everyone who made AIGA Chicago’s Design Week happen!
After multiple designs and revisions and tests, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally finished my website. A big thank you goes out to John Wayne Hill for helping me get it up and running. Let me know if you’re experiencing any problems and I’ll work to get them fixed.