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Month: November 2015

Designer, Studio Founder and Parent, David Conrad

David Conrad is Seattle area designer and celebrity, largely responsible for the growing design community.
It was great getting to know more about him as well as get some ideas for creativity with my own kids.

I hope you enjoy it his answers as much as I did!

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a guy, living in Seattle, married to children’s book author and all-around amazing woman. We have two kids, seven and eleven, who are the sun in our solar system. I’m also the owner and design director at Design Commission, a user experience design firm in Seattle where we battle against complicated digital products through the application of two simple concepts – truth and magic.

David Conrad with his wife, daughter and son.

David with his wife, daughter and son.

How did you get started as a designer?

My life as a designer was officially started when my mom dragged me to the International Design Conference in Aspen in 1995. She had a sense that I’d like design and by the end of the first day I was hooked. I also spent a lot of time in high school and college hanging around with geeks and so I learned a lot about networks and computers and that really solidified my interest in the intersection between design and technology. That was the seed that sprouted Design Commission.
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Letterpress Designer, Founder & Mother, Sara McNally

YAY! I got to interview a fellow Seattle-ite!

Sara does a lot. Business owner and operator. Mom. Designer. Wife. Hosts workshops. Sounders fan. And she even speaks in front of large audiences like at this Seattle Creative Mornings event.

But she still found time to answer a few questions for me and I’m so glad she did.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Sara McNally and I own the letterpress stationery company and gift shop, Constellation & Co. My husband Brad and I are in the process of adopting our son who is 9 months old.

Sara McNally, a letterpress designer and Studio owner with her family

Sara McNally, letterpress designer and Constellation & Co. studio owner, with her family

How did you get started doing design and letterpress work?

I went to the Ringling College of Art & Design and studied graphic design. I fell in love with the idea of letterpress during Graphic Design History, and fell in love with the hands-on practice of letterpress once I got to Seattle 6 years ago. I took a class at SVC, apprenticed for a year with a local printer, bought my own press and haven’t stopped printing since.

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Maker Interview: Mom Makes Creative Bento Lunches For Her Kids

I reached out to Nikki after seeing about her amazing talents as a food artist on Instagram.

Read about how she used her creativity to fight picky eater syndrome.

This is one Instagram account you’re going to REALLY want to follow,  so find her accounts below!

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I am Nikki Garcia, a recent stay-at-home mom of 3 with a background in accounting, although I’ve always loved the arts, crafts and all things creative. But like every other parent, I never found time to sit and complete any of the craft projects because it would take time away from my kids, chores and things that needed to get done around the house.
With bento and food art, I allow myself to be creative, but my kids are able to benefit from the time I spend making their fun and healthy lunches.

Nikki with her family after becoming a family of 5.

Nikki with her family after becoming a family of 5!

What inspired you to start making lunches this way?

I’ve got 2 picky eaters. Before bento, I would eyeball it and serve them random amounts of food, then they would pick at it and say they were full. I needed a way to accurately measure how much they were eating. Bento allows me to do this and at the same time, serve healthier food.
I came across creative kids lunches online (Pinterest and Instagram) that looked intimidating at first, but the food ingredients they were using were easily accessible and the steps seemed pretty straight forward.

Super Mario Bento Box lunch

A Super Mario bento box lunch for school? I would even eat PEAS!

How did you learn how to make these? They look very intricate.

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