Chicago Creative Mornings with Simple Scott

Just got back from yet another killer talk from creative mornings. Although I find it difficult to be that “up” that early in the morning two cups of joe and some inspiring design talk was a lovely way to wake up.

If you are in one of the cities with a creative morning (or if you’re not you should could start one!) I highly recommend trying to attend a session. It’s a great way to meet new people or meet people you may only know by interweb handle.

The best part is all the talks get posted online so even if you can’t be there in person, you can still benefit from the inspiring talks and discussions.

Watch Chicago Creative Mornings here: 

And this week’s sponsors were amazing:
Chicago Portfolio School
24 seven 


Hot sketchbook


This is a lovely sampling of sketches from a fellow named Kyle – also a Chicagoan according to his behance. Very cool and inspiring. Check him out:

Shared Desks and Coworking

Desktime by One Design Company

Screenshot of Desktime by One Design Company

I LOVE this idea – and will undoubtedly be taking advantage of the site soon to get some workspace. The concept is awesome and like all awesome ideas it’s fairly simple and meets a need. So the gist is this: you need a desk or office? or have an office or some space to share? This site helps with both. And its on your terms. A lot of listings can be rented by the day, week or month. There are pictures, addresses and easy way to sign up. Such a great idea! W00t!

Check it out at

This is Public Works

I have been spending a considerable amount of time lately going to talks, events, workshops, open houses …etc in Chicago to learn about the design scene, network and get inspired by the innovative things creative folks in Chicago are doing. Last month I went to a talk at the Public Works – a gallery set up by someoddpilot. One of the talks I heard was by the guys who own and created Longman & Eagle, a great but sometimes way too busy restaurant and bar in my neighborhood of Logan Square. It was really inspiring to hear how 3 friends, with different passions and professional backgrounds can get together and create something great together. They were all very hands on in the process of designing and building out the space, the menu, the identity and the location. It was one of those talks that gets you really excited about the great sh*t going on in Chicago and makes you really jealous at the same time that you didn’t come up with it.

So in addition to the great talk series they had at Public Works, the gallery was filled with curated art, which as I discovered you can buy online. (awesome!) Unfortunately I do not currently have the funds or open wall space to make any purchases, but they are definitely worth checking out if you do.