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Tiff Manuell 09.09.2014

We think we might’ve just found our creative soulmate! Seriously though, we LOVE everything about Tiff Manuell’s crazy fun explosion of color using organic shapes and painterly, drippy brush strokes!

In her own words about this little business adventure: “I want it to be spontaneous and to move quickly, for it not to be restrained by typical industry formats but more organic in its evolution.” We say, mission accomplished!

Check out her range of  bags, fashion, accessories and art at tiffmanuell.com! We’re partial to the bags ourselves. You can just never have too many!

 

  1. Marianne Humburg

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    September 9, 2014 3:56 pm

PATRICK DOOLEY // 2014 AIGA KANSAS CITY FELLOW AWARD 09.09.2014

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a professor that makes such a lasting impression on your life, but both of us just happen to be in that category. While attending design school at The University of Kansas, we had the pleasure of having Professor Patrick Dooley starting in our early design years. Starting with early classes, he taught us the very basic foundations of typography and graphic design and let us discover what successful visual communication really meant. His dry sense of humor, calm demeanor (even while sometimes delivering harsh criticism), and endless passion for passing on his knowledge, while at the same time letting each student’s design sense show through, was truly one of a kind. His classes made us fall in love with design!! We owe much of our success in the design industry to what we learned from Patrick. We’d like to personally thank him for all he has done and we are thrilled to help share this news!!

Drumroll please…AIGA Kansas City announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City.

With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley’s  awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few.

Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date.

Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students,  developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

A bit about the AIGA Fellow Award: The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration.

A bit about AIGA Kansas City: AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

If you are local and would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Professor Patrick Dooley, make sure you attend the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City!

 

KU football giveaway winner announced 09.08.2014

Thanks to everyone who entered our KU football giveaway! We are excited for Katy to enjoy a game and these fun goodies! Yay, Katy! Katy, look for an email from us with all the details of your prize! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Game Day at the University of Kansas 08.28.2014

Well, it’s scorching hot here in Kansas City this week, but with the kids heading back to school, we can’t help but feel like fall isn’t too far away. Along with our visions of pumpkin patches, apple-picking and pumpkin spice lattes, we are getting excited for football season at our alma mater, KU! Morgan and I are both born & bred Jayhawks from the University of Kansas and even met there while we studied Graphic Design. So, we hopped at the chance to share our love for game day at KU and give away an amazing prize to one lucky reader!

If you haven’t been to a football game at Memorial Stadium, you should really check it out! It is an electric energy from the tailgating to the game itself. We, of course, loved going to games while we were in school, but now that we have kids, we are absolutely loving taking them to experience what we loved so much as kids. I remember going to games as a little girl with my parents, stopping at Joe’s on the way in for a sandwich and cookies, and heading up to the hill.

Even though it was fun to go to games back in our day, it is even better now! KU has made game day a blast for kids. They now have a Hy-Vee Hawk Zone that opens two and a half hours before kick-off and closes at the end of the first quarter. The fun zone includes inflatable games, live radio broadcasts, tackling station/drills, face painting, a balloon artist, free KU promotional items, fan photo booth and visits from KU student-athletes to sign autographs to name a few. Our boys will be in heaven now that they’re old enough to do all of these fun activities!

To make the experience even better for kids, they can join the Junior Jayhawk Kids Club, which is The Official Kids Club of Kansas Athletics for all kids ages 13 & under. For just $45, your child receives tickets to several different KU games, really nice KU gear and admission to special KU events!

In honor of the start of the football season, we have the honor of giving away a great prize pack from the Kansas Athletic Department! We are SO excited to be able to give away a complete game day experience for one lucky family including all of these goodies:

•   A single game family 4-pack of tickets to a KU football game of your choice

•   One $50 gift card to Downtown Lawrence

•   One Junior Jayhawk Kids Club membership

Good luck! We hope to see all of you Jayhawk fans in Lawrence this fall! Rock Chalk!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kansas Athletics, all opinions are our own.

  1. Kari

    Great giveaway! I’m a Jayhawker as well and always love to go back to KU every chance I get. Did you ever go to the Sandbar? That is my favorite bar ever. Shark attacks all around:)

    August 29, 2014 6:42 pm