Sunday, June 2, 2013


I had the absolute honor to represent Kansas City’s AIGA chapter at the annual board retreat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past weekend. I know I haven’t blogged in quite some time but I wanted to jot down some thoughts before I procrastinate to the point of forgetfulness. That, and I still have that post-retreat buzz that I just have to scream it from the rooftops (read: blog).

There is no doubt in my mind that I picked the right career path. Though I feel like I would be a good fit in other occupations and at my most frustrating moments, weight-in on the possibility of changing, I would not have it any other way.

This past weekend, I was pushed out of my introverted comfort zone and into a world of passionate, lively, excited, designerdiest group of people. And though I could’ve been more social and more outgoing, I still have that fleeting-lighter-than-air feeling inside that makes me SO proud to be a designer and so proud to be from Kansas City. The few connections I’ve made and the keynote speakers, breakout sessions and seeing how all the other chapters are doing all across the country make me realize that I really am part of something very special.

I come from a family of nurses, office-types, engineers and lawyers. I am the first one from my family to go into graphic design. With this, there are many challenges, one of which is just to explain what I even do. But I do not mind explaining and educating those who do not know because I am so proud and I am ready to spread the word.

In Philly, I was in company of one of the most well-known designers in the industry. Men and women who have created relevant and meaningful change through making beautiful and thoughtful design. Men and women who had to hear a lot “no”s before they heard “yes.” In an industry where a lot of critique is subjective, we all learn the importance of not taking things personally and set aside differences to achieve the mutual goal of creating something for good.

Words can not express how humbled and honored I am to be part of this amazing community. AIGA is a purely a volunteer-driven organization and to think we are approaching our centennial celebration is truly an exciting feeling. I feel like I can go on for days but as my colleagues so eloquently put it, “I’ve sipped the kool-aid and there’s no turning back.”

2014: 100 years of AIGA. AIGA Kansas City’s 25th anniversary. 10th Annual Awards show in KC.

Let’s do this.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Current Fave: App

My bff Amber told me about this new music player app called Songza. It's pretty rad! You can choose music to fit your mood and/or time of the day. I mostly just click on whatever will play Glam Rock. But seriously---check it out! There are no ads so it's at least got that going for it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Yelp! ROTD

Hey guys! I logged on to Yelp! to check out the happenings of KC and lo and behold, my goofy grin was staring back at me. Guess my review of KC Smoke Burger was worthy of a review of the day acknowledgment. Who knew my constant craving of cheeseburgers would entertain so many (not really)? Check out my other reviews here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Prints Meow

Just wanted to do a quick mention on They are an awesome print shop that I found through Madeleine while doing her wedding suite. I'm now using them for Kenny's brother's wedding programs and I am super stoked to see how they turn out! Pics on both projects soon. I also wanted to make mention that I called CatPrint yesterday afternoon and the customer service was outstanding. The gentleman I spoke with was both knowledgable and patient. Knowing what it's like to work in print, I really appreciate customer service like that. My fellow graphic designers, check them out!

- JE.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What’s Tomorrow?

Kenny and I are working at a creative arts camp this week and when asked what day tomorrow was, one of the kids responded, “Tomorrow is chicken nugget day!!!”

Man I miss the days when your lunchtime menu determined your excitement.

For the record, our chicken nug days were always on Thursday. (Then those square pizzas on Friday!!!)

- JE.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sorry I'm Not Sorry!

Sorry I don’t have pics of babies or cats to put up at my desk! Tommy Hanx will have to do.

- JE.

Current Fave: App

Going through some blogs this morning, I came across the app “Slice.” Login using your g-mail account (or FB acct, I believe) and it will automatically sync up all your online shopping! It gives you statuses on tracking, quick images of what you ordered and when and contact information for the vendors! It's fast, efficient, well-organized and I can’t rave enough about it. 

Get it here.

- JE.