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.
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."
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!"
is building and doing stuff as he always has throughout his career.
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.