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What a year. In 2015, we welcomed several new faces, talked to chefs and designers, discussed how to assess your personal strengths in an office setting, and shared photos of a mid-century architectural gem. See what posts made our Top 10 list.
The holiday season is upon us once again. For one day, the family stands around an evergreen, singing carols over hot cocoa instead of arguing. The tree glows softly. The fireplace crackles. All is calm. All is bright. All except … that present you wrapped for Aunt Julia.
This year, Pivot’s best holiday gift has been our two new team members: studio manager Carrie Karl and account manager Sabreena Sorrell. They’ve only been in the office two weeks, and we already adore them. We’re pretty sure you will, too. We thought we’d introduce them to you in the best way we know how: a rousing game of Would You Rather?
Stumped as to what holiday gift you can get your artist friend? Your graphic designer spouse? The significant other in need of a creative outlet? Well, we’re here to help. Check out these 12 gift ideas for the writers, artists, designers, decorators, and creatives in your life.
Oh, logos. We love ‘em, and we hate ‘em. Some are droolworthy. Others, mind-bogglingly bad. Logos influence customers’ perception of your brand and its offerings. And when brands unveil logo updates, everybody chimes in with armchair commentary. So it makes sense that choosing a logo is difficult and scary. But it doesn’t have to be a nail-biting, hair-raising, ulcer-inducing process.
When we were small, we used to scribble on construction paper turkeys a few of our favorite things: family, friends, pets. Macaroni and cheese. The color blue. As adults, our gratitude is ever-growing. Even in a world of chaos and instant gratification, there are things we can never replace: big things, small things. Anything. Everything.
Thanksgiving hasn’t passed yet, so on principle, we can’t mention the holiday season that comes after it. Let’s just say, we’ll be ringing bells and hanging lights a week from now. But since some of our favorite businesses are getting a head start on the-holiday-which-must-not-be-named, we wanted to give them a shout-out and remind you to shop local this year.
It’s easy to fall in love with the Miller House. The nearly 7,000 square feet of travertine floors. The colorful textiles. The mod fireplace. If you haven’t seen the Columbus, Ind., home, you should. It’s a design, architecture, and modern living utopia.
Remember Magic 8 Balls? Born in the 1950s, they were still popular in the ‘90s heyday of Hit Clips, slap bracelets, and getting dysentery on the Oregon Trail. (What can I say? My generation has good taste.) But cool as they are, Magic 8 Balls have never offered much useful information. And if you're not doing your focus groups right, the same might be true of them.
For 69 years, costumed families have paraded through Irvington’s tree-lined streets. Pumpkins with goofy, toothy grins have rested on doorsteps, and storefront windows have been painted with eerie imagery. But for locals, the annual Halloween Festival is more than just the macabre—it’s a celebration of community.