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Let out your inner Otto Neurath this Saturday with the founders of The Noun Project and Code for America. The two organizations have teamed up to create Iconathon, a day-long design chariot where designers, city workers and urban staffers create new civic symbols. Come for the community effort, stay for the Big Delicious Planet sandwiches and Goose Island beer. More information can be found at

Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Simple.Honest.Work
Time: 11am-3pm

To attend, please RSVP at

SimpleHonestTalks with AQ Tokyo

We will be hosting our second Simple.Honest.Talk with two of Tokyo's AQ

Tuesday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. 

The crew at AQ has been using design to help culture and business reach new audiences, in Japan and abroad. The teams work on Tokyo Art Beat, Art Setouchi, and the Tokyo Illustrators Society, has harnessed the creative energy of Japan. Bringing the Japanese creative culture to a bilingual nexus. Chris Palmieri and Ryan Ruel will give a presentation at our studio on how design and digital communication can encourage community interest and engagement with arts and culture while also giving their perspective on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year. 

To attend this event, send your R.S.V.P to

Come on by, we are next door to the Post Family at 1821 W Hubbard St.


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Nolen Niu

Nolen Niu has some really great furniture that focuses on straight seam lines, sharp stitching, and rad angles. I stumbled upon their stuff after visiting a surprisingly awesome blog by Jay-Z, titled the Life and Times. Props to Jay-Z—I guess.

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F*ck you. Pay me.

Today, I received this conversation starter—or closer—from Jen Bekman's 20x200. Mike Monteiro from Mule Design not only crafted this statement but also gave a brilliant talk at San Francisco's CreativeMornings in March on the importance of having a good lawyer and ensuring you have a signed contract on your terms. Definitely Must See TV for freelance designers.

Mike's artist statement being "I'm really not good with words." I beg to differ Mike. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Meat and Bread

I do have a love of condensed type, meat, and bread. I'll need to go to Vancouver BC to enjoy this identity by Glasfurd & Walker to the fullest. Looks delicious. 

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Panorama Arquitectos, Chile

There is little on the web about this dynamic duo coming from Santiago Chile, Panorama Arquitectos designed this cliff dwelling beauty.

View more about this project at Architizer. Oh, and if you haven't downloaded the Architizer iPad app — it's awesome.

Benjamin Hubert

As we launch our new site, I went around the web looking for some work that would inspire not only myself but also all of you. As I began scouring the web looking through some of my favorite sites, including: Moco Loco, Architizer, Daily Icon, Fast Co. Design, among others, there was one individual that kept popping up with an intense array of industrial design work, this individual you quickly realize loves the craft of materials.

Benjamin Hubert, led by the process, it is clear this guy loves his materials.

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Tyson Anthony Roberts, Painter

"As I visualize the world around me morphing into fragments of digitized color, the abstract harmony of our environment simultaneously resists. Our ecosystems change, our environments change and we change. I believe my job as a painter is to capture this change as it is occurring. In my work, elements of abstract layering, color theory and spontaneity are merged to form rural and urban scenes that appear to be in constant transition, taking the viewer from what was to what may be. It is through this idea of continual movement that my paintings suggest the places we know are always changing, whether we are ready for them to or not... "

View his latest work

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