Downtown Dayton’s Renovated Space Odyssey

Below is an excerpt from Dayton Creative Syndicate’s Creative Crux article “Downtown Dayton’s Renovated Space Odyssey” by Marisa Becker.

This article features a look at the creative workplaces of four local creative companies; Visual Marketing Associates, Real Art Design Group, Forge Design and Hafenbrack Marketing Company and takes a look at how these companies have re-purposed existing structures to create new and exciting offices in Downtown Dayton.

Forge's wonderful stained glass window

It’s a cycle that has repeated itself in many urban areas across the country: the downtown core starts suffering, real estate prices go down, creative professionals take advantage of deals on great old spaces and fix them up, and the newly vibrant neighborhoods and valuable properties in turn attract businesses and residents back to downtown.

Four creative businesses in Dayton have taken the first steps to start revitalizing Dayton, beginning from the ground up by adapting existing downtown spaces to fit their needs. And while they’ve all taken different approaches, they seem to agree on one thing: in this market, it’s foolish not to invest in downtown Dayton.

Please visit: http://www.creativesyndicate.org/blog/creative-crux to read the rest of this super article and see all of the wonderful pictures of these amazing creative spaces.

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DCS Urban Nights Poker Run

Hit the downtown Dayton Urban Nights scene with the DCS crew and prepare your best poker face for the downtown poker run Friday, September 10.

You don’t need to be a card shark to play—everyone will get random cards at each location, so you’ll have to rely on simply getting lucky at each bar you visit.

We’ll kick things off at 6 p.m. at the former home of Real Art (232 East Sixth St. in the Oregon District across the street from Jay’s Seafood Restaurant). Then you will make your way around various downtown locations, collecting more cards as you go. Participating establishments include Tumbleweed Connection, Franco’s, Dublin Pub, Blind Bob’s and Bar Tiki. The person who shows up at the final location, Oregon Express, at 8:30 p.m. with the best hand wins the pot.

Winner must be present toclaim their prize: 25 percent of the pot goes to the first-place winner, 10 percent to second place, and third runner-up receives 5 percent. Entry fee is $5 per person; registration ends at 7 p.m. You must register at 232 East Sixth Street to begin the poker run.

Each contestant may also enter to win a four-pack of tickets to this year’s Renaissance Festival, It’s unequivocally the coolest way to kick off Urban Nights.

Get More Traction from Your Creative Career

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How do you translate exuberant creative energy into a viable career with big-name brands? Find out Tuesday, Sept. 21, as DCS and the school of advertising art welcome Tony Neary and Tom Kisker from Cincinnati’s own Traction. The session kicks off at 6 p.m. at saa.

A founding partner of Traction as well as a talented designer and illustrator, Tony Neary has led creative development for multiple P&G brands as well as several national and global brands including Dave’s Gourmet, MeadWestvaco and Coca-Cola. The plan of launching Traction came to fruition in early 2007. Although, the contingency plan of enrolling in rodeo clown school is still a viable option.

WHO: Tony Neary, Traction
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 21
TIME: 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: saa
PRICE: $10 members, $20 non-members (join today!), $5 students (with valid student ID)

Click here to reserve your spot.

DCS Presents: Chuck Anderson

Get inspired to take your design to the next level. Chuck Anderson will share his experiences of diving into the deep end of the design world and resurfacing with his own firm, NoPattern. You might have even heard of some of his clients — Reebok, Pepsi, Google and Virgin Records, to name a few. How did this fresh-out-of-high-school kid transform into the hottest ad campaign asset since Technicolor? You’ll have to attend the event on April 27 to find out. Come with an open mind and leave with the reassurance that someday it could be you behind that podium talking about your forays into the design world.

About Chuck Anderson

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What started as an experimental period to exercise his inner artist before heading off to college has spiraled into NoPattern, a firm that has garnered more than its share of star clients on its roster in just five-plus years of existence. Visit nopattern.com and prepare to have your eyes pop while you browse his portfolio.

Details

Pricing

  • $10 DCS/GDAA members
  • $20 non-members (join today)
  • $5 students (cash at the door with valid student ID)
  • Early bird special: register online and get a 20% discount!

Registration

Register online for this event

To register, you will be taken to a registration page on GDAA’s website. You may register at the event, but registering online will ensure your seat

DCS Presents: Jeff Hamada of booooooom.com

Written by Brian Ward

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Vancouver’s Jeff Hamada will join DCS and friends on Tuesday, March 16. He’ll elaborate on his work and how “tangents” helped him create the highest-traffic art blog on the internet, booooooom.com, which gets 2.5 million pageviews each month.

About Jeff Hamada
Jeff Hamada is a Japanese Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. He was one of 100 artists selected by Converse and Product(RED) to create a shoe in celebration of their 100th year anniversary and has also designed for the likes of Oakley, Electronic Arts, and Endeavor Snowboards. In 2008 Hamada created an art blog called Booooooom, and it has since become his full-time job.

Details

To register, you will be taken to a registration page on GDAA’s website. You may register at the event, but registering online will ensure your seat. Register online for this event

DCS: Happy Hour & Beer Tasting at Tanks

Image: Maggie Hoffman

We’re teaming up with GDAA for an evening of friends, fun, and BEER. This happy hour is free to attend, but for only $15, you can participate in the beer tasting, which will include five healthy tastes and a bottle of your favorite.

Hurry up and register for the beer tasting. The deadline is today! If you don’t want to participate in the beer tasting, you’re welcome to join us anyway and buy whatever drinks or delicious food you want.

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DCS Presents: Craig Neuman from Barkley

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For the past 5 years, Craig Neuman has nurtured great ideas into great design as Creative Director at Midwestern creative powerhouse, Barkley. The Kansas City-based, full-service advertising agency has built up an impressive client list and some impressive work. They also have a rocket on top of their building and, among other notable quirks, they are 100% employee-owned.

Clearly, Barkley takes their work seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously—and neither does Neuman. Just watch his discussion about Americans butchering the Queen’s English and you can see that he delights in observing and critiquing the world around him. Craig’s work has appeared in The One Show Annual, Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, National ADDYs and POP Times.

DCS will present Craig Neuman at SAA on Monday, November 9 beginning at 6:00PM. That’s coming up very soon and seating is limited, so register online now to reserve your spot.

Details

Pricing

  • DCS members: $5
  • Non-members: $10
  • Students (cash at door only with valid student ID): $5

Register Online

(You will be taken to GDAA’s website for payment and registration)

About Craig Neuman

Craig oversees a talented design group at Barkley that works on strategy and execution of brand identity, packaging and POP displays. His work has been honored by Communication Arts, Graphis, Print Regional Design Annual, National Gold Addys and One Show Design Annuals. Craig has been involved with creating effective communication strategies for clients including 24-Hour Fitness, Sonic Drive-ins, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, L’Oreal, March of Dimes and H+R Block.

Perhaps his proudest moment? Winning a James Beard Award, the culinary equivalent of an Oscar, for best restaurant graphics in the nation.

DCS Presents: Modern Dog

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Dayton Creative Syndicate proudly presents guest speakers Robynne Raye and Michael Strassburger from Seattle-based Modern Dog Design Company. They will focus on the 22 year history of their company with a few highlighted client relationships. Learn about how they got started, how to be persistent but not annoying, their creative process and how they get their ideas into production. They will be giving out a lot of small presents and door prizes to people who ask good questions.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, one lucky attendee will win a free copy of Adobe Creative Suite 4, courtesy of the DCS Adobe User Group!

Seating is limited, so register online today to ensure your spot.

Details

  • Thursday, September 24 @ 6:00
  • School of Advertising Art – 1725 East David Road
  • Q+A and book signing afterward
  • CS4 raffle prize provided by the DCS Adobe User Group
  • Drink tickets for sale at the door
  • Please help us promote this event by printing and hanging our poster

Pricing

  • $10 DCS members
  • $20 non-members (Envious of the member price? Join today!)
  • $5 students*

Register Online Now

About Modern Dog

Since co-founding Modern Dog Design Co. in 1987, Robynne Raye and Michael Strassburger have continued to do work for entertainment and retail companies – both local and national – and counts poster, packaging and identity projects as some of their favorite work. Recent clients include the Disney, Seattle Aquarium., Blue Q, Olive Green Dog Products, Shout! Factory and HarperCollins. They have received recognition from every major design organization in the U.S., and their posters are represented in the permanent archives of the Louvre (Rohan Marsan wing), the Library of Congress, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, the Warsaw National Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum among others. Currently they both teach at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, In 2008, Chronicle Books published their monograph, Modern Dog: 20 Yeas of Poster Art.

*Student rate only available at the event. Must present a valid student ID. Cash only please.

DCS AUG: Andy Nick & Brian Ward on After Effects


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Written by Brian Ward

Andy Nick and Brian Ward are colleagues at Real Art Design Group, often collaborating on projects from creative development to production. They will demo a few of their video/animation projects that were made possible by After Effects, and show you a few tips and tricks along the way.

Novices to the program should be able to walk away with a better idea of what’s possible with After Effects, and hopefully won’t feel so intimidated by it. Seasoned AE veterans can benefit from Andy and Brian’s unique perspective and experience.

We’ve also invited our friends at the Ohio Valley chapter of MCA-I to join us. They’ll provide both snacks and intriguing discussion.

Details

  • Tuesday, September 8 @ 5:30pm
  • School of Advertising Art – 1725 E David Rd
  • Free admission
  • Door prizes provided by our sponsor, Focal Press.

Please RSVP at our Adobe User Group website or just show up!
(Must be signed in to RSVP. Not a member? Join today for free!)

DCS Guest speaker: Ben Nicholson of Lightborne

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Ben Nicholson, Creative Director at Cincinnati-based Lightborne will be joining DCSAdobe User’s Group to share some insight into his creative process and show off some of the projects that were born from that creativity. Lightborne’s work is focused on motion graphics, but anyone can benefit from Ben’s advice and perspective on the creative process.

This meeting is the first in a three-part series of meetings on video and motion graphics. We are not planning to discuss technical design or animation techniques, but rather focus on broader creative topics. So whether you’re a print designer, web designer, or photographer, you should be able to gain something from attending this meeting.

Details

Agenda

  1. DCS/AUG announcements
  2. Ben will discuss his creative process as it relates to his company’s work with motion design
  3. We’ll watch various clips of Ben’s work accompanied by his notes/anecdotes
  4. Brief Q+A
  5. Door prize giveaway (2 books, chosen by winners)

About Ben

Since Joining Lightborne in 2000, Ben has overseen the development of a once one-man motion design department into a fully staffed global creative force. Ben has directed and animated both live-action and animated national Ad campaigns, music videos and tour visuals. At Lightborne, Ben is the dreamer and the technical limit pusher who is always looking for a new way to not only execute motion design but also to display it. This want comes from years of prior experience working on media for Disney rides, robotic projection screens, and just about every other surface where video should not be seen. Creative collaboration is the fuel for his fire and he loves helping clients execute, grow and implement their vision.

Ben’s credits include work for MTV, Death Cab for Cutie, Kenny Chesney, Puma, and many others.

Please RSVP at our Adobe User Group website or just show up!
(Must be signed in to RSVP. Not a member? Join today for free!)

DCS: Oregon Express Happy Hour

Via: Dayton Creative Syndicate

July 16th, 2009

The Oregon Express

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The Oregon Express will be hosting our next Happy Hour downtown on Monday, July 20th! Join your DCS friends and colleagues as we relax and enjoy some great OE food and drinks. You can learn more about our exciting upcoming events, and of course there will be plenty of chances to network with your fellow members.

About The Oregon Express

If you’re looking for a place in the heart of Dayton that’s known to have a great atmosphere, you need to head to The Oregon Express. The building itself has a long history of previous ‘interesting’ businesses (like a bootleg joint). It’s well over a century old, and it shows. They’ve made the place feel alive with wall decorations and a long bar filled with your favorite drinks. The patio on the second floor has a great view of Dayton (yes, really) that helps this bar stand apart from the rest.

Details:

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  • Use the share/save button below to spread the good word (facebook and twitter are especially appreciated!)
  • Bring friends
  • Blog about this event
  • Bring your business cards and start networking
  • Become a DCS member
  • Join a DCS committee

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If you have questions about this event, please email Patrice Hall.

DCS: June happy hour @ Bar Louie

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Join us for our happy hour at Bar Louie @ The Greene this Monday, June 15th. We’ll be toasting to the success of all our May events, and looking forward to some exciting months ahead. Be sure to bring your business cards and a friend!

About Bar Louie

This casually cool neighborhood restaurant & bar features warm, upbeat surroundings with contemporary photography, mosaic tiling, wood-paneled walls, modern lighting and plasma televisions, making it a favorite gathering place for family and friends. Specializing in oversized sandwiches and artfully concocted signature cocktails, Bar Louie also offers an extensive selection of appetizers, pastas, entrees and a wide assortment of interesting beers, microbrews and wines by the glass or bottle.

Details:

If you have questions about this event, please email Patrice Hall.