Amazon@Cincinnati

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

0330-amazon

So here’s how it works: If an item you want is eligible on Amazon, they’ll let you know if it’s available for same day pickup at their new location in Cincinnati (Clifton to be exact).

Once it arrives you get a message, click the link, a locker with your item opens.

That’s pretty neat, but I struggle: is Amazon the new Walmart, displacing more local businesses? I hope something meta comes of this experiment, and many other retailers will hop on the train. Imagine a site that searches all local small businesses and lets you know where you can do just that.

Reflecting on the future

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chris Glass

I had grand ideas to write a big entry about what is about to happen, but there was SO MUCH TO SAY that I didn’t know where to begin. But it’s happening and I want to pour out as much as I can.

The Haile Fellowship

So I applied for a Fellowship through People’s Liberty in February. They’re an… experiment to invest in people (not non-profits) to make Cincinnati even better. It’s a terribly innovative approach to philanthropy and I love what they’ve accomplished their first year: Funding two Fellowships, a ton of project grants and developing an exhibition space. I even got to hang out for a week with their residents and we made a poster.

I know them. They’re good people and what they’re doing has resonance that affects the city I call home.

When they announced this year-long civic sabbatical as a way to “Change your story. Change the city.”, my ears perked and gears started turning.

I’ve been taking daily photos (admittedly, I don’t post them all) for over 10 years and it is one of the “projects” I enjoy most. Largely because it’s nice to reflect on the day, but I’ve also started to see patterns in life: the bright spots, and dull ones, the seasons, the moments that elate a little bit more and stick.

But I also saw what wasn’t there… These snapshots are a bit… myopic. I’m shy to take photos of people. I wanted more meaning, more diverse subject matter (aside from my cat Edie, cars and trees). And I didn’t go to school for photography, there are deficits in composition and general technique.

I imagined a project where I could dedicate myself to getting better, share the experience and package it up as a way for others to do the same.

If I can motivate one post that isn’t about politics, famous people or what you can do with a can of refrigerated biscuits in 30 seconds, then I’ll consider it a success.

So that starts Monday.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know how it will play out exactly, but I have some legs to provide a framework, a strong team of advisors to help refine the idea and the solid folks at People’s Liberty to remind me what good is. Frankly all the unknowns are terribly exciting.

I’ll talk more about specifics before long, but there are some other dangling bits I should address:

Don’t you do design work?

I’ve been consulting in one form or another since 1998, starting with website development and growing into all forms of design from identity, print, video, event and application design.

I’ve been developing a plan and dedicating new resources for clients to carry them into the foreseeable future. It’s been a pretty intense month since the announcement to get everything in place, but it’s been chock full of sturdy work that should hold up well. (Once I wrap up this post there are a few last important bits to tackle!)

What about Wire & Twine?!

Lots of good things are in the works for Wire & Twine. While I’m away from the studio, Tom will continue to helm operations.

We know we’re overdue for new products, but we’ve been shoring up wholesale processes. You can now find a selection of our goods at MiCA, Park + Vine, Joseph Beth, Shake It RecordsDuBois Bookstore and MOON Co-Op. (Have a retail location in mind? Drop Tom a line!)

2016 is also a big transition for our little studio, as we pack up the press and move to the new Pixels & Ink depot building in Northside later this year. With an expanded darkroom, the aforementioned screen-printing equipment, room for events and most excitedly–a coworking space for creative folks.

Construction is well underway of this historic building. Sign up for updates if you’d like to get notified with information about the space. I’m looking forward to calling it home in the future.

Here’s a photo of the glorious structure with Tom for scale:

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So that’s it in a nutshell.

Exciting. Everything.

Mastercharge

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mastercharge

MasterCard has evolved their logo over the years, but for my money? This Master Charge card was the epitome. I couldn’t find a good photo online so I bought an old one on eBay to document. For giggles I added my name.

I wasn’t old enough for credit in the late seventies, but somehow I remember these referred to as charge-a-plates and plastic.

Bonus link: The Museum of Department Store Credit Cards

Easter cornhole

Sunday, March 27, 2016

cornhole

Easter was unseasonably warm. But the 70° allowed for eating our potluck dinner on the deck and ending the day with a round of cornhole.

Semi-related: Ed found an inflatable ball in the creek. Talk about beachball warning messages.

Intentional leftovers

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Heading to Mt. Airy

It’s prime spring right now. In other news: Mom and I ordered too much pizza. Intentional leftovers.

A very Good Friday

Friday, March 25, 2016

Bunny

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Had a very Good Friday wrapping up work early and spending the afternoon with my friend Brown. I even managed to get her to sit with me and the Easter bunny at the mall. We were less scared than the kids above.

Park City

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Park City

Park City Chili served the corner of Northside for 100 years. The building sold recently and it’s going to live once again as The Park.

Feeling like spring

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Gantry

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