Volume 12 | March 14, 2018
We Make People and Companies Happier by Bringing Them Together
My children will tell you that, as much as they wish it were true, unicorns do not exist. But, I know they do exist because my business finds unicorns...the tough to find and hire candidates. We specialize in finding unicorns. And we've gotten really good at it.

In this issue:
  • Matthew is ready
  • Hilary has a Creative Babe mindset
  • Will jumped all over that
  • Brian is bringing us together over at his place
Proust Pop Quiz
Matthew Mohr is the digital/physical artist behind "As We Are". The Artist's Statement: Through a practice that focuses on communication with physical/digital interaction to create large-scale experiences, Matthew Mohr looks for a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion in everyday moments normally considered inconsequential, magnifying them to reflect humanistic ideals. His visual language is heavily influenced by design in all forms and regard for simplicity. By inviting all to participate, Mohr asks through interaction with his art, to reconsider a common moment as an opportunity to explore several facets of it.

If you haven't already interacted with the piece at the Convention Center, you must. It's attracted national and international recognition and acclaim that you can check out here .

Additionally, Matthew is Associate Professor of Design & Advertising with the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) and he's President of Wonder-Shirts , a t-shirt and totes retail site for librarians, teachers and all who love to read! He's genuinely one of the nicest people you'll ever meet who is always interested in others and who seeks to boost up those around him with actions, thoughts, ideas and encouragement.

The picture above is of Matthew wearing a miniaturized version of Matthew's interaction with "As We Are" that was created in time for Highball Halloween in Columbus. So cool!

When and where were you happiest?
Professionally I am happiest turning an idea over in my mind but the moment the first portrait lit up my sculpture at the grand re-opening of the convention center has to be one of the best.
Barbara Nicholson, the ever-vivacious FCCFA board member, gave introductory remarks and credits and I was given a bit of time at the end to say a few things about my piece after its unveiling.
At the appointed time, she directed the attention of the audience of about five-hundred toward the sculpture which up to that point was dark. The first portrait displayed was of my oldest daughter. There was an immediate, audible gasp in the whole atrium and with impeccable timing, Barbara introduced me. All eyes turned toward me and with what I can only describe as a wave, the applause rushed through my body.
I’m not very good at accepting compliments or accolades but in that moment, a feeling of warmth and delight flowed through me and I hope somehow into everyone who supported the concept and worked so hard to bring it to life. With my short speech, I did my best to give credit where it was more than due and welcomed all to participate in “As We Are”.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Even in consideration of the generous reaction of participants both in person and on social media and kind words from the press, I am grateful but not satisfied. More needs to be said about the time we live in through the potential of art driven with technology to engage.
Coupling digital expression with physical interaction is the most potent method of communication right now because in this age of information overload, it is unexpected and requires more time than looking at an image. There is a measurably greater opportunity to open a dialogue with anyone willing to participate. The challenge is in making the technology disappear in service of expression.

What is your current state of mind?
I am ready. Ready to meet more people interested in exchanging ideas, making and building. Ready to spend more of myself in a worthy cause as long as I’m in the arena.
Friends in the Biz
I love to hear about all of the good things going on with the unique people who are a part of my life. New roles, great ideas, accomplishments and whatever else that gives me a kick are celebrated and shared here. 

Hilary Buchanan is Art Director with Pixel Park, a motion graphics studio in Columbus and is Co-Founder of Creative Babes. That's Hilary and Buddy making us smile in the pic to the right that was taken by Allie Lehman, Photographer and Owner of The Wonder Jam .

The culture at Pixel Park was cited by Hilary as one of the best aspects of being a part of the business which also then spans across to Creative Babes. "Live an honest lifestyle, don't carry a lot of creative ego, be fun and be positive," she says. I asked her about the work she's most proud of and got a great response..."the projects where I learn the most."

What's Creative Babes? From their site: It means having a mind set on intention, creativity, vulnerability, growth, connection, positivity, and support. It’s a focus on the things we make, the relationships we form, and the experiences we share that bring meaning and magic to the lives and the world around us.

Creative Babes has quarterly gatherings that Hilary says, "They're the heartbeat of what we do." Socializing, live music and a "talk" from a local woman are all a part of a gathering. "Failing Forward" is the title of the April 12th gathering at Edgework Creative in Columbus.

The organization has grown organically, said Hilary, which has led to the Babes expanding to Cleveland! The first gathering is this Thursday and it's sold out. "The Cleveland team is awesome!"

The best compliment she's received about the organization that she's led since it's inception in August of 2014? "Anytime women open up to us as a speaker or 1:1 is the best compliment. We've done what we've set out to do...connecting at the human level."

Will Bennett is a creative who most likely knows more about curbside recycling than any of us. He's an Associate Creative Director for Abbott's internal agency, Whitespace by day, and a Council Member of the City of Canal Winchester and the Chairman of the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District by night...and day to make it all happen for his community. "It's a hefty commitment," says Will.

"Sports tie us all together," he was telling me. "It brings the community together. It's not just the programs for the kids. Last year, we launched adult soccer and softball programs. This year, we're launching a kickball league." He works closely with the Recreation Director to make it all happen. "Together, we're solving problems and addressing issues. We're also all in the process of learning together. It's been the same thing that's happened with my career and the time I've spent working with the Columbus Blue Jackets and then the Columbus Crew SC."

Will is a designer of note in the world of professional sports. He's worked with the creative teams for both the Blue Jackets and the Crew to create new logos and uniforms. The alternate uniform system for the Jackets, the cannon logo with the blue and cream colors, is one accomplishment and the other was developing the Crew's current logo, their badge. When the opportunity to take on the hockey team's design challenge came up, "You can bet I jumped all over that...what an opportunity!"

Then, he gets the second opportunity to contribute to the Crew's identity. "So much storytelling emanated from the badge," he said. "It was a team effort working with Eric Sinicki, Designer with the Crew creative team. We considered the history of the team, the league and the future vision of the league. Shapes and colors were a big part of our considerations. Variations of black and gold came into play and they're quite contrasting and it was a challenge to make it all work. The final product was huge. The reveal video, created by Spacejunk, really told the story and it gave us goosebumps as we all watched it together at the (current) Express Live!" He went on to say, "It was so good!"

Brian Zuercher is building and doing stuff as he always has throughout his career. Hopewell Works is Brian's latest project and it's a space that's built for the economy of our future. Here's a bit more about it with info from the site: At Hopewell, we bring together thoughtful professionals through learning and communal experiences to enable a connected and engaged community. As a result, professionals develop with each other, their community, and are fueled to build a thriving career. Hopewell fills a gap in the marketplace to connect professionals through personal interactions in locations that have uncompromising quality and service. Our membership model allows for individuals and corporate entities to engage and join the community at the level appropriate and comfortable for them, giving a bridge to closer partnerships, talent, and even customers.

In addition to the street level floor-to-ceiling window views, unique furnishings and creative meeting spaces, there'a a Cafe Brioso onsite. If you're an entrepreneur, working remotely, or looking for a spot to hang or connect with others, this is a business person's lounge more than anything else.

The connection to Columbus and the idea behind it is all in the name, Hopewell. As the site notes: The Hopewell culture refers to an artifactual-observed culture and way of life that developed across the Midwest, with its epicenter in Ohio. It's well-known for its intricate trading systems, development of agrarian tools, and an artisan class. Ahead of its time, the Hopewell culture engaged all of the professions to create a thriving society. This culture has given shape and name to what Hopewell Works is today and will be in the future.
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