People & Places, Thoughts & Ideas

For any company, getting together as a group to build camaraderie is important. It’s easy to get lost in your own world and forget to lift your head and see what everyone else is working on. We forget to share an article that moves us or inspires us. We forget that we have others around us that can add to our projects, by bringing in new insights, and make them even better. So, for Herring, we do our best to get together outside of work several times a year to socialize and share stories. It’s through these off-the-cuff conversations that you get to learn something new about the person that has been working next to you for years. It’s by connecting with each other that we build stronger relationships and a tighter team.

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Design, People & Places

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Being a fearless designer can be hard these days. But James Victore believes with simple ink on paper we can change the hearts and minds of the public. So the designer has the responsibilty to have creative courage in spite of the circumstances.

Houston AIGA had the pleasure of hosting Victore at Sundance theaters. In the design world, he’s a celebrity. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he’s written books, and has a regular column for Entrepreneur Magazine, not counting the speaking engagements, workshops around the country and countless commercial work. As a speaker, he loves to inspire others to trust their instincts and embrace the fear of being different.
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People & Places

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If you ask a third-grader what they want to be when they grow up, most of their answers might not surprise you. Movie star, singer, football player, professional video game player—they all sound wonderful. Seldom do you hear responses that are the careers most of us reading this actually have. And why not? Maybe it’s because students their age simply don’t know enough about all the types of careers people have. Or maybe they do and aren’t really excited about them. That’s when opportunities like career day are important. It’s a chance for youngsters to hear about jobs they know little about and a chance to get them motivated for the future.
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Branding & Strategy, People & Places

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When the executive creative director of one New York’s top branding agencies agrees to share his stories and advice on branding, you listen. You listen very closely. AIGA Houston invited Leland Maschmeyer, co-founder of Collins, to Houston Design Week and asked him to shed light on how his team faces challenges and how, as a company, they are always trying to push things further.
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People & Places, Thoughts & Ideas

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Something Austin has that Houston lacks is a Russian restaurant. That’s one of the main reasons for my visits there—I need my fix of pickled herring once every six months. A week ago, however, the main reason for my—and several from Herring’s team—visit was the An Event Apart conference. The two days at the conference consisted of 12 exciting lectures by some of the most respected people in the Web world, as well as meeting other designers, developers and people simply interested in the field.
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People & Places

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It’s before 9 o’clock and everyone’s huddled together in rows of pews inside a small, bright, intimate building eagerly waiting to be inspired. Coffee has been complimentary served and there’s a lot of chatter. The conversations are amplified by the tall arched ceiling. It’s built this way for a reason. We are in the Live Oaks Friends Meeting house, home to the Skyspace, an installation by Quaker artist James Turrell. The roof is closed but it’s still able to provide you with a feeling of exploration and curiosity. Appropriate, I would say, for why we’ve all gathered together.

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Design, People & Places

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Last week I joined a trip to The Printing Museum. Believe it or not, adults go on field trips too. As the largest growing AIGA chapter, it is apparent Houston is a city bustling with new ideas. The exhibition Design Now: Houston validates the city’s relevance in the design world. The jurors, Matteo Bologna, Ellen Lupton and Claudia De Almeida, are experts of the field.

The exhibition consists of 14 categories ranging from publication to environmental to web/interactive. Among the finalists’ work was a theme of Houston culture, while maintaining a visual solution for a client’s problem.

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