Saturday, July 19, 2014

Honor your heritage

 July’s theme of “heritage” will be explored by DJ Stout. 

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DJ Stout is a sixth generation Texan, born in the small West Texas town of Alpine.

Currently, DJ is a graphic designer and art director at Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy with offices in Austin, London, New York, San Francisco, and Berlin. He joined the firm as a partner in 2000, where he and his team specialize in the creation of brand identity and strategy, publication design, packaging and interactive solutions. 

He studied graphic design at Texas Tech University and began his career in 1981, working for Robert A. Wilson Associates in Dallas. In 1987, he moved to Austin, where he was the award-winning art director of the nationally respected and critically acclaimed magazine, Texas Monthly.

He has received many accolades and awards over the last three decades. In a special 1998 issue, American Photo magazine selected him as one of the “100 most important people in photography.”

In 2004 I.D. (International Design) magazine selected him for “The I.D. Fifty,” it’s annual listing of design innovators. The Society of Illustrators also honored him with the national Richard Gangel Art Director Award in 2010.

Also in 2010, DJ Stout was recognized as an American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Fellow award recipient for his exceptional contributions to the field of graphic design.

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

We’ll be gathering in a place usually reserved for ACL Live’s performers: the green room. This unique opportunity will keep seating even more limited than usual. Please be sure to release your ticket if you cannot attend.

Click here for parking information.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thanks to Callie Richmond for the beautiful shots of Katie Ford’s “Freedom” talk at Tom’s Coffee Roasters. You can see more great photos from the talk here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Meet Callie Richmond, Our May Photographer

Every month, we rely on local photographers to volunteer their talents to capture the vibe of CreativeMornings/Austin. In May, we were in for a treat with Callie Richmond. Callie answered a few questions about working in Austin, traveling out of Austin, and the joy of returning.

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1. On Callierichmond.com, there are beautiful shots across several genres, including journalistic, live music, and beautifully lit portraits. You even have a site specifically for your wedding photography.  If money were no object, what kind of photography would you be shooting all the time? 

Hey thanks! You know, I just love shooting! I’m truly happy in all settings as long as I have a camera in hand and am creating content with lasting value. I love getting dropped into, and adapting to, extremely different worlds, witnessing people and events from all parts of all spectrums of life. My camera has been a golden ticket to many eye-opening scenes and I am grateful. Plus, because I currently shoot such a wide array of subjects, I feel like I’m beefing up toward the often referenced (and sometimes disputed), 10,000-hour rule of becoming a master of one’s craft. So that’s neat, too.

2. Why is Austin such a great place to be a creative person?

I’m the biggest fan-girl of Austin. I travel quite a bit and I look forward to the big hug Austin gives me as my airport taxi drives over the flyover from 71 to I35 to showcase the downtown skyline. I am so lucky to come home to a city that offers an extra long season of basting on the grass of Barton Springs, Texan friendliness, and a huge population of creatives to brainstorm, work, and party with. Austin, for the time being, is still a small laid-back city where chatting up people often results in a close degree of separation, and therefore a greater likelihood of working together or referring one another for future gigs. Ten years of talking to people at coffee shops, dive/juice bars and music festivals have been incredibly beneficial. We value connection to each other and our places. Plus, as everyone knows, it’s always taco time.

3. What are your impressions of CreativeMornings?

First, I’m impressed with all these spunky morning people — it’s inspiring to start the day at 730. Second, as a freelancer who works from home, I look forward to meet-ups where I can actually talk to other people instead of the one-sided conversations my podcast voices provide. Third, there are so many talented folks in Austin and I want to learn about as many of them and their paths as possible. 

4. Are there any projects you want to tell us about?

Hmmm, stay tuned. I’ve got several on back burners, but like our Freedom speaker Katie Ford discussed, I’ve got to make time for rewarding personal projects.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Minimal on June 27

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This month’s theme of “minimal” will be discussed by Dr. Jeff Wilson.

Dr. Jeff Wilson aka ‘Professor Dumpster’ is Dean of the University College and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Huston-Tillotson University.

Dr. Wilson is also Executive Director of The Dumpster Project, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas that is transforming a trash dumpster into a home with a focus on K-12 STEM and sustainability education. As part of the educational mission of The Dumpster Project, Dr. Wilson plays a character named ‘Professor Dumpster’ who has been described as the love child of Bill Nye, Oscar the Grouch and Thoreau. In his spare time, Dr. Wilson enjoys traveling – he has lived, worked and ‘couch surfed’ through over 60 countries on six continents.

Dr. Wilson did his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury.

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Enter through the Chalmers Street Gate & turn left into the Agard-Lovinggood Administration Building. The lecture hall will be on your left.

Parking is available on Chalmers Street and in the Chalmers Street parking lot. Click here for a campus map.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, then this month’s theme is our most cosmopolitan yet. We’re talking about “Minimal” across 80+ chapters around the world. The theme was chosen by our Aarhus team and we were thrilled to have Andrew Neyer as the month’s illustrator. Find out more here.

creativemornings:

If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, then this month’s theme is our most cosmopolitan yet. We’re talking about “Minimal” across 80+ chapters around the world. The theme was chosen by our Aarhus team and we were thrilled to have Andrew Neyer as the month’s illustrator. Find out more here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Let’s talk about freedom on May 16th

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This month’s theme of “freedom” will be explored by Katie Ford

A full-time journalist since 1993, Katie decided to leave the 9-to-5 grind in 2005 to establish her own editorial company, which provides publication management and writing and editing services to clients such as Dell, LiveSTRONG Foundation, The Washington Post and MIT’s Technology Review, among others. She also serves as the “adventure coordinator” for Design Build Adventure, a local design-build firm that offers metalworking camps. She also serves as the editorial director for Texas School Business, a monthly magazine about K-12 public education in Texas.

Since 2010, under the auspices of Truth Be Told, Katie has facilitated writing classes at a women’s prison, helping them to write the story of what led them to prison. The process is an opportunity for the women to find freedom from the past and unlock the potential for a better future. She sees this work as the most meaningful effort in her life.

When she’s not stringing words together for a buck or going to prison, she indulges in indie films, live music, reading, photography, dining out, gallery hopping, some serious strength training, West Texas road trips and her three-legged cattle dog, Martha Jean Ford.

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

This will be an outdoor event. May 30th will be the rain date, if necessary.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
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Let freedom ring. We are excited to celebrate a month around the theme of “Freedom” brought to you by Shutterstock. The theme was chosen by our Budapest team, and we were thrilled to have Kesley Dake as the month’s illustrator. Find out more here. →

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Let freedom ring. We are excited to celebrate a month around the theme of “Freedom” brought to you by Shutterstock. The theme was chosen by our Budapest team, and we were thrilled to have Kesley Dake as the month’s illustrator. Find out more here

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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At CreativeMornings/Austin, Brent Dixon shares his work with children in creating workshops that expose them to all disciplines, allowing them to unabashedly explore science, technology, art, and other fields all together. He remembers an earlier time when there was no such thing as a creative, technology, scientific, or artistic person—just people—and they were free to play and explore anything they wished.
Watch the talk. →

creativemornings:

At CreativeMornings/Austin, Brent Dixon shares his work with children in creating workshops that expose them to all disciplines, allowing them to unabashedly explore science, technology, art, and other fields all together. He remembers an earlier time when there was no such thing as a creative, technology, scientific, or artistic person—just people—and they were free to play and explore anything they wished.

Watch the talk. →

Anyone who caught Duncan Fellows’ 8am set at our March CreativeMornings gathering knows why the Austin band is making a name for itself in a big way. The five members that comprise Duncan Fellows are all students at the University of Texas, where they met and began playing music together just over a year ago. It didn’t take the band long to develop an endearing indie folk sound, and they quickly released their first EP, Twelve Months Older, last September. The EP, featuring folk, indie rock, and melodic softly-layered songs, is definitely a promising glimpse from a band we fully expect to be a local music staple. Take, for instance, “Rich Man”— its swelling, folksy instrumentals provide the perfect backdrop to frontman Harman’s breathy vocals. 

Listen/purchase: Rich Man by Duncan Fellows

Check out the full release at Duncan Fellows’ Bandcamp page here or see them live at Stubb’s on May 7, where they’ll be playing with Penny & Sparrow. Rumor has it that the group’s cellist, Jacob McLendon, recently discovered a dust-covered trumpet in his closet and plans to incorporate it in future performances. We’re looking forward to seeing where they take their sound next.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Thursday, April 10, 2014

Get to know The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

April’s CreativeMornings/Austin is being hosted at The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. 

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This beautiful space is home to dozens of bronze and stone pieces given to the city of Austin by noted 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf.

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The museum also hosts unique exhibitions and special programs. (They’ve generously invited any CreativeMornings attendees to stay after our talk to participate in their yoga class at 10 a.m. for a discounted $10 member price. Just bring your own mat.)

You can see why we choose this inspiring location for this month’s theme of “sex.” If you fall in love with The Umlauf as we have, become a member and follow @umlaufsculpture on Twitter.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Let’s talk about “sex” on April 11th

This month’s theme of “Sex” will be explored by Suzy Spencer.

Suzy is a New York Times bestselling author of four true crime books, all of which have been featured in national media including Good Morning America, Dateline, ABC World News, and numerous shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

But after nearly 10 years of writing about real life murder, Suzy desperately needed to laugh. For God knows why, she thought writing about real life sex would help her do that. So in December 2004, she began a journalistic investigation into Americans’ alternative sex practices. The result was her most emotionally challenging book yet – Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality.

Secret Sex Lives, Suzy’s first memoir, was featured on Katie Couric’s talk show, Katie, on NPR’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and The Faith Middleton Show, and in the pages of the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Salon. It was named a Publishers Weekly fall 2012 pick in the memoir category, a Barnes & Noble editor’s recommendation, and a Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay, Top 10 Most Provocative Books of 2012.

Suzy has freelanced for ABC News, Salon, People, Los Angeles magazine, and the Texas Observer. She holds a Master of Professional Writing and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University.

SPONSORS  

Real HQ 
Real HQ sponsors CreativeMornings because they believe that everybody should spend time making useful and beautiful things. They also believe in coffee paired with inspirational talks.

Our coffee sponsor, Texas Coffee Traders, wakes up Austin’s creative community every day with organic and fair trade coffee.

VENUE, REGISTRATION, AND DETAILS

Join us at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden on Friday, April 11, 8amClick here for more details at creativemornings.com.

Friday, April 4, 2014

CreativeMornings/Austin on Vimeo

See what makes Austin’s creative community so unique at CreativeMornings/Austin events. If you are interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring, please join us.

Editing & Video Production: Paul Raila
Video Production: The Delivery Men
Music: “Abbreviations” by Growl
Illustrations: Gerren Lamson

Monday, March 31, 2014

Part of what makes CreativeMornings Austin special is the ability to share the experience with people who couldn’t be there in person. We rely on talented volunteer photographers to document the event.

So it’s our pleasure to get to know Patrick Lu, a writer, computer scientist, blogger, and – oh, yeah – photographer for this March’s CreativeMornings/Austin. 

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1. It seems like you use your blog betterwithpesto.com to combine several interests, with photography, writing, travel, and food among them. Do you think having passions outside of photography makes you a better photographer? Why?

I believe photography is about conveying emotions from the photographer to the viewer. In order to take a good photo, which displays such emotions and feeling, a photographer needs to invest time in his subjects. I liked taking pictures of food, and through a stroke of luck, some of the best chefs in town went to the same pub where I’m a regular (Draught House Pub). So I got to know them, hang out with them, and dive farther into their world. I use all the helpful hints I learn from these service industry folk and apply them to travel and dining in other places. A camera is a fantastic tool for diving further into your passions.

2. What are your impressions of CreativeMornings?

This was my first time, and so far I think it’s an amazing event. It seems to draw in most of Austin’s most energetic and creative people. The subjects of talks are tasteful and exciting. I can’t wait to go to more. Coffee and tacos are a plus too.

3. Why is Austin a great place to be a creative person?

I would describe Austin a wide and open canvas. Most people you meet have moved here recently and are trying to start something. This creates an amazing sense of energy and humility since we’re all on equal footing.

What I find amazing are these “loops” in local business relationships. If you take the restaurant Qui for example, their produce is sourced locally, they had woodwork done by Griffon Ramsey on the East Side, their bike racks were made from Windmill Bikes on Manor, and their plates were made by Keith Kreeger over on Springdale.

4. How does a computer science major at UT become such a prolific photographer?

I worked for the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan, and it opened my eyes to all of the wonderful people, locations, and events that spanned outside the bounds of campus. For anyone interested in photography, UT has a lot of amazing resources such as the Magnum archives at the Harry Ransom Center, and Eli Reed, the head of the photojournalism department.

With just a bike you can get from campus to downtown in 10 minutes. Park it anywhere, walk around, and bike back. That’s how I got the proposal photo that blew up on reddit

5. You also teach photography? Tell us more.

I’m using the classroom to start some local photography classes and workshops. I’ve already had one and it was awesome (with a tough class featuring Josh Baer), so I’m doing more. The next ones are on April 5 and 6 (this upcoming weekend). Please checkout http://snapfocus.photography (yes, .photography is a new domain).

Thanks Patrick.
You can see the rest of his photos from CreativeMornings here.