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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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. Read more »
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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Something Lost, Something Gained
The other weekend Houston lost a little bit of its idiosyncratic culture. Cleveland “The Flower Man” Turner’s home was set for demolition. The Flower Man passed away in 2013 and his house, a shrine to his creative and inspiring spirit, fell into disrepair past the point of repair – with the only option left to tear it down.
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Photo by Chris Mayes circa 1996. Miss Anne is the cyclist on the right.
Miss Anne is an avid Sci-Fi enthusiast and a denizen of the third floor at Herring. She’s been a Senior Designer with Herring for the past 6 years creating branding, publications, and corporate communications solutions for a wide array of media and mediums. Read more »