Monthly Archives: October 2009

A Visit From John Maeda

John Maeda may have gotten his start as a software engineer at MIT, but his passion for design took his life on a journey where these two fields intersect. Thanks to John Jay- Maeda took the time to visit and speak with us in Portland today. His talk focused on human connections, being present and inspiring people to do more with their lives. It sent us all back to our desks (and lives) with a new sense of purpose. 

John is currently the president of RISD. Check out his book “Simplicity” or view John's profile and speeches for the TED Talks.
 

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seven-figh-nine-figh

We love her. She loves us. She loves someone more. So Washington D.C. is stealing our flannel-wearing, relentlessly-cursing, lesbian, "loving" project manager away from us.

As protest to her departure, we wore "I'd switch teams for Grogan" shirts and retired her phone extension as an act of gratitude for her 10 years of humor, scandal, harassment, hard work and dedication. The entire agency will feel her absence and I'm sure a phantom "seven-figh-nine-figh" will echo through these walls forever.

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Following the rules

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Even though our thoughtful electrician posted this warning- our faithful head of HR, Kristen Clark, gracefully tempted fate and turned the lights on. Thankfully, she's still alive.

Tipi on deck

We have a Tipi on our deck! As part of the fundraising event for Caldera 24/7 a few of us helped learn how to set it up (only took an hour!). The event is this Friday, October 23, from 6:30-8:30 at Wieden+Kennedy. Call 503.937.7594 for tickets and come check out the Tipi!

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Imagining Mozambique

The traveling art show collective, Imagining Mozambique, a fundraising drive for ASEM, a non-profit organization that helps the children and orphans of Mozambique makes its North American premiere starting next week.

Colonization, civil war, natural disaster and economic instability have plagued Mozambique over the last 25 years, which has led to widespread uncertainty for tomorrow’s youth. What will the Mozambican children of today create to change their destiny? What will peace and prosperity look like in their 21st century? Will the future be bright? Or will the cycle of despair continue?

Imagining Mozambique, the brainchild of Interactive Producer Jamie Kim, was to gather together a group of internationally renowned artists (Parra, Superdeux, Florence Manlik, Happy Centro, Marcos Chin – to name a few) to create thought-provoking art inspired by the Mozambican children and bring attention to their day-to-day plight for survival and change.

Open to the public: 26 October – 1 November
Times: 12-8pm every day
Address: MassMarket Gallery, 105 Rivington Street, 2nd Floor, NY NY.

Opening night preview: 25 October @ 7:30pm (invite only for artists and guests)

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