I had the fun opportunity of leading a mentor group for the Chicago AIGA Mentor Program. It’s a fantastic program that joins local creatives together to collaborate, tour studios, share resources or just meet up to talk about design and hang out. The group I worked with was particularly interested in collaborating on a project. We had many initial ideas on what we could do – a group poster, a website, creating a design structure for an environment, etc. Eventually, we all agreed that we wanted to work on something that allowed us to express our personal styles, but also something that worked as a whole.
After many meetings at Filter Cafe, our final project ended up being a calendar for 2013. Each of us designed a month or two and illustrated what that particular month looks and feels to us. All in all, I’m really happy with what we accomplished. It was a 3 month process of sharing ideas, sketching and seeing our project come to life. My group was really awesome throughout and I feel lucky to have worked with them. There’s nothing better than working with creative, talented and enthusiastic people.
David M Laskowski II / April + July
Jenny Drucker / June + August
Katherina London / January + March
Lisa Moran / May
Luis A Ibarra / October
Monina Velarde / September + December
Yasir Muhammad / February + November
Some of the places that I’ve visited in the past year:
Pretty excited to see the logo I designed for LiveOn on a racecar. And it won a race at Daytona!
The New York Times has a an article on it.
New project! I was recently invited by Quite Strong to contribute a piece for a gallery show at the Chicago Artists Coalition based on the theme of support. For me, community and connectivity are some of the things that embody the idea of support – I created 3 patterns/illustrations taking inspiration from the support structures of notable bridges.
Each piece was fed through the inkjet printer multiple times to get a color layering effect. The golden gate illustration went through the printer 15 times.
Final printed pieces!
2012 is here! I just want to take some time to reflect on the great year I’ve had.
Here are my top 5 greatest hits for 2011:
1. Mom and Dad celebrated their 25th anniversary!!!
2. Adopted a dog named Russell.
3. Moved into a new apartment at the Ukranian Village in Chicago
4. Saw the Niagara Falls!
5. Still loving my job at DesignKitchen.
How about you – What were your greatest hits in 2011? What are your hopes for 2012?
Visit my 2012 ny resolution generator or view my past ny resolution posts 2010 2011
What is it about Chinatown? There’s always something interesting to see. I particularly love Toronto’s Chinatown. It’s alive with vendors, tourists, and people just going about their daily lives.
Took a trip to see Niagara Falls over the labor day weekend. It was a spectacular site. Below are some of my favorite shots of the falls.
Shots taken at Jan’s Antiques.
Maxwell Street Market is a unique and lively market that occurs every Sunday in Chicago. There’s a great range of things sold here – tires, socks, copper pans, electronics, boxes of fresh produce, sunglasses, soap, shoe laces, luggage…pretty much anything you can think of. Yet, the main reason that I wanted to check this market out is because of the authentic & fresh mexican food. I decided to stop by Rubi’s Tacos and it was delicious. The great thing about them is that they make their own corn tortillas on site! Freshly pressed and grilled. The tortilla is a little thicker than what I’m used (it’s good) and the al pastor filling was very flavorful. There are so many things to try out – most of the food trucks/stands offer similar items but they each have their own specialities. I would also recommend stopping by the Churro food truck. Yum! I’ll definitely be back…maybe next week.
2010 has been a great year– one that flew by. Great things were made, new experiences were had and I’m really looking forward to what 2011 will bring. About this time last year I created a new years resolution generator on an impulse. It’s a really simple site that shares ideas on what to do for the new year. Hundreds of people from all over the world submitted their resolutions. It was really uplifting to read what everyone planned to do. Some were really simple like, “Tap my feet”. Others were more involved like “Train to run a marathon”. All of them, though, were pretty similar – to do good, to improve and to somehow make a difference. Here’s to a new year! Happy 2011 everyone!
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