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.

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

2010 Hermes Real Art Style

Via: Real Art Design Group Blog

It’s that time of year again—The Greater Dayton Advertising Association’s Hermes Awards. A time to look back on all the work we’ve done collectively over the past year and a time to go out on the town to socialize with over 300 fellow Dayton area creative, marketing and advertising professionals. This year’s event was held at the Dayton Masonic Center and featured a moving video tribute to one of Dayton’s long-time and best loved designer, teacher and friend, Dan Johnson. In memory of Dan, GDAA and DCS have renamed the Student award as the “Dan Johnson Award”. This year the award was presented to three students: Real Art’s own interactive intern, Tyler Spahr, Anthony Wartinger and Reka Juhasz

2010 turned out to be a special year for Real Art as we were presented with a total of 29 awards. The unprecedented haul included a triple crown of Interactive Media awards for a total of nine Gold Addy’s or coveted “Hermes heads” and two overall “judges awards” which will all automatically move on to the American Advertising Federation’s 5th District competition covering Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The District winners will then move on to the national ADDY Awards in June.

Gold Addy’s were awarded to Real Art for the following categories and pieces:

Arkansas Children's Annual Report: Scout's Honor
Project—Arkansas Children’s Hospital Annual Report
Category—Collateral Material

greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Flip Books
Project—Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Flip Books
Category—Collateral Material

Dayton Children's: Just Right
Project—Children’s Medical Center of Dayton TV Spots
Category—Television, over $1,000
Shayla | Burr | Layla | Nate

Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Web Site
Project—Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Recruitment Website
Category—Interactive Media: Business to Business


Project—Real Art Design Group GroBot Website
Category—Advertising Industry Self-Promotion

Real Art Design Group Promo Reel
Project—Real Art Design Group Promo Reel
Category—Elements of Advertising

VTechKids
Project—
VTech Electronics Website Redesign
Category—Interactive Media: Business to Consumer


Project—Wright State University Day of Innovation
Category—Non-Traditional Advertising Campaign

Ford F-150 Raptor
Project—Wunderman/Ford F-150 Raptor Microsite
Category—Interactive Media: Online Advertising

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Annual Report and Real Art Design Group’s GroBot Website also earned Real Art two Judges Awards.

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.

Details:

Seeking Meet Me At The Club Donations

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Dear DCS friend and supporter,

Thanks for all your continued support and well wishes for the continued success of Dayton Creative Syndicate. Every year DCS teams up with our sister-organization, The Greater Dayton Advertising Association and two other groups, AMA and IABC to sponsor a silent auction holiday party to celebrate the season and benefit all the groups involved.

The way it works is easy—each organization seeks out donations of products, services or discounts to be auctioned the night of the party. Then the proceeds from the sales of these donated items go to help to support: on-going education, programming, public service projects, and much more. Your donation not only helps the continuation of DCS, but is good publicity for your company as well.

So that’s our spiel—please help us by contributing what you can. Every items helps. In return we’ll do our best to promote the items and your company and you’ll have our enduring thanks.

The sooner you donate, the more you’ll benefit from the pre-event publicity which includes an item/donor list posted on our Web site(s), e-mail blasts, and more…plus, this year you can follow us on Twitter via: @mmatc As donations come we’ll promote the donated items and who the generous donor(s) are.

To see a list of items that have already been donated

To donate items

This year please mark your calendars for our annual Holiday Party & Auction at the NCR Country Club on Thursday, December 3, 2009. The theme this year is “Meet Me at the Club”, and we intend to bring back the glitz and celebrate the renewed optimism of the late 1930s.

Mark your calendar: Thurs., Dec. 3 at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering.
Registration/networking will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the event beginning at 6:30.

To reserve your spot for the holiday party.

If you have any questions about donations or the event, please contact DCS president, Patrice Hall via email: president@creativesyndicate.org or DCS Director, Rob Anspach via email: dcs@cretivesyndicate.org

thanks,
-Rob

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: Happy Hour @ Adobe Gila’s

Originally scheduled for May, our happy hour at Adobe Gila’s is finally going to happen on Monday, August 17th. DCS has some exciting events lined up for the next few months, so take the time to drop by after work and get the scoop. As always, bring your friends, your business cards, and leave your worries at the door.

About Adobe Gila’s

Everybody likes a restaurant with a patio, right? Well, Adobe Gila’s at the Greene is a patio. Spanning the entire second floor of 78 Plum Street and sitting on top of an exotic middle eastern restaurant, two sides of the restaurant are completely open to the fresh summer air. It’s a great place to spend a summer evening and unwind with friends, food, and beverages.

Details:

  • Monday, August 17th @ 6:00 PM
  • Adobe Gila’s (Google map)
  • Happy hour specials: $3 appetizers, $3 well, $3 Margaritas @2.5 domestic drafts till 8pm

Get Involved:

  • 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 DCS President Patrice Hall

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

HH @ The OE

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:

Get Involved:

  • 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

Share/Save/Bookmark//

Save this event to your Google Calendar:

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