Spooktacular Craft Party

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. They served up spooky spirits and snacks while a Pandora playlist of Halloween music inspired the crafters—and, occasionally, irritated them. “We had to keep skipping songs because some of them were driving us crazy with the dramatic organ music or hardcore guitar riffs,” says May. Read the rest here.

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Visiting the Streets of Old Detroit

Time travel was never so easy, if you’re in Detroit, that is.

The Detroit Historical Museum has a permanent exhibition called The Streets of Old Detroit, which leads visitors through the city starting in 1840 then moving through six decades as it transforms from a rural frontier town to an industrial giant. The themes of industry, commerce, communication and retail are explored with facades of actual businesses such as a barber shop, hat shop, printer, blacksmith, and more, complete with cobblestone streets and gas lights. Read more here.

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Why Sagmeister & Walsh Stays Small

Let’s face it, when most of us start our careers, we dream big, as in working at a big, fast-paced agency with high-profile clients, surrounded by other creatives.

That’s great and all, but some of the most successful graphic designers—including Sagmeister & Walsh—have purposely set their sights small to create big. In our November 2014 issue, HOW spoke with the principals of six design firms, each operating with five people or less, to find out what’s so great about maintaining a small studio—and how anyone can do the same.

Here, we learn why Sagmeister & Walsh stays small.

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Let’s face it, when most of us start our careers, we dream big, as in working at a big, fast-paced agency with high-profile clients, surrounded by other creatives.

That’s great and all, but some of the most successful graphic designers—including Sagmeister & Walsh—have purposely set their sights small to create big. In our November 2014 issue, HOW spoke with the principals of six design firms, each operating with five people or less, to find out what’s so great about maintaining a small studio—and how anyone can do the same.

Here, we learn why Sagmeister & Walsh stays small.

– See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/articles/sagmeister-walsh#sthash.5GP2kIVe.dpuf

Brand New Conference: The Wrap

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Brand New Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Helmed by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit of Under Consideration, the event was a tightly run ship where speakers from around the globe shared insights on branding and logo development, while showing off some amazing work. … Read rest of post here.

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