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Chicago: Architecture, Marketing & Creative Thinking

By on June 7, 2017

Last week I attended ANA’s Masters of B2B Marketing conference in Chicago and got uber nerdy on some local Architecture. Let’s talk about the conference first. The best part was the workshop dedicated to creative thinking and idea generation. You guys know I love to geek out and talk about our brain’s creative functions. We learned […]

Denver Design Week

By on July 11, 2016

It’s Denver Design Week! I was lucky enough to snag a pair of tickets, on Instagram of all places, to a sold-out talk called “A S*Park of Inspiration: How Branding Affects Place.” A S*Park of Inspiration:How Branding Affects Place Our four speakers had backgrounds ranging from creative director to architect. The most exciting part of the […]

West Colfax First Friday Art Walk

By on June 4, 2016

I was immediately smitten with the car. It was covered in color and trinkets and toys, and frankly I couldn’t get enough of it. That was how our Art Walk began.   The West Colfax First Friday Art Walk was an amazing little adventure. My husband and I toured art galleries filled with paintings and […]

AIGA & Anthem Branding “Hoppy Hour”

By on May 20, 2016

One of my favorite AIGA events in recent history was the AIGA Colorado “Hoppy Hour” at Anthem Branding in Boulder, CO. I went with another graphic designer, Blake, and we arrived early to grab appetizers and a beer across the street at the Hungry Toad. After priming up with some humus and Brainless Raspberries by Epic […]

AGIA: Creative Copyright

By on May 16, 2016

My coworker, Blake, and I attended an AIGA meeting this morning. The speaker was a lawyer, David Ratner, a Principal attorney at the Creative Law Network here in Denver. He provides services to businesses and freelancers, and offers his services to the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) and Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA). I […]

Relieving stress through creative outlets

By on January 13, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to design a coloring book for college students entering finals week. Coloring has become a popular stress relieving outlet for adults and the notion was that this could provide them with a nice study break. I have to admit – it was therapeutic for me just illustrating these!  I did […]

A Creative Mind: My Graphic Design Journey and a Dog Named Eyelash

By on June 11, 2015

It started with my parents’ antique wooden desk and the crayons I used to draw on it. My love of art got me in deep trouble for that one, but I had other creative outlets, too. Growing up, I had a dog named Eyelash. I named her myself and no one encouraged me to stick to […]

100 Days of Design: The AIGA Nebraska Challenge

By on May 2, 2014

Over the course of 100 days, I used legos, a lite brite and a Connect 4 game. I sharpied a banana, illustrated a sheep with a mohawk and more importantly, tried to create something different every day. At some point, I referenced Justin Bieber. The challenge issued by AIGA Nebraska was to come up with […]

2014 Paper Fashion Show

By on April 7, 2014

With grace and effortlessness, they glided down the catwalk. The cameras flashed; the audience erupted. They strutted down the runway and posed, dressed from head to toe in designs made entirely of paper. I was in awe. Graphic artists and fashion designers teamed up for the 10th Annual ADCD Paper Fashion Show at the Denver […]


By on January 9, 2014

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