Category: Out of the Office
Our creative director, Ryan Abegglen, recently sat down with Mitch Ackerman, mad scientist and brewmaster at the soon-to-open Four Day Ray Brewing. Mitch has been brewing craft beer since he was in college, and Ryan wanted to hear more about his work. Because from brewing to branding, every creative discipline shares some common threads.
In times of hardship and heartbreak, it can be easy to lose ourselves in the media. It’s times like these that we most need a reason to smile, to have hope. So, this week, here are a few of our favorite websites that remind us to look for silver linings.
When was the last time an article gripped you? Pulled you in from the first sentence and kept your attention ‘til the last? It’s not every day an in-depth article rises above the fray of clickbait to capture my undivided attention, but when it does, it feels like a little miracle. I wanted to know when it last happened to the Pivot team (and selfishly, I wanted more reading material), so I asked them: What was the last article you read start-to-finish? Here’s what they said:
Poets and painters. Musicians and motorcyclists. Jet-setters and jewelry designers. Over the past decade, a pretty eclectic bunch of creative thinkers has called Pivot home. Both professionally and personally, Pivoteers push themselves to develop their skills and never stop learning. That drive makes for a well-rounded, passionate team, but there’s one big downside: saying goodbye when someone’s ready for a new challenge.
Podcasts do more than make our commutes seem shorter. They’re also a great way to catch up on industry trends, learn new strategies, and gather inspiration. So which podcasts get our creative juices flowing and our strategic minds scheming? We asked the team to chime in with their favorites, and here’s what they said
Sports have shaped Indianapolis—from the Indy 500 putting Speedway on the map to Super Bowl XLVI kicking off a wave of revitalization. More than 500 college and pro championships have happened here, and game days for the Pacers and Colts bring the community together. So when Ryan Vaughn looked for a way to tell the city’s story, sports were a natural fit.
This year, a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl costs a whopping $5 million, and brands are pulling out all the stops to produce commercials worthy of the ad spend. But for every masterpiece, there's bound to be a commercial that leaves us all cringing. So gather your friends, your chips and dip, and your soda of choice, and enjoy our bad commercials drinking game.
It's the age of technology, and we've grown accustomed to tweets, texts, and emails. But handwritten letters—especially the pages-long ones you read about in old novels—are romantic. Candid. Honest. Pensive. Poetic. And thanks to letter writing socials and mail art classes (such as the ones at Trade School Indianapolis), we can slow down and take time to put pen to paper, stamp to envelope.
Don’t tell the dancers at Ballet Theatre of Indiana what they can’t do. They don’t have an endowment, a full-time support staff, or even their own studio, but that hasn’t slowed them down. Two years ago, with a shoestring budget, a skeleton crew, and borrowed space, director Stirling Matheson and his small team launched what has become Indy’s only resident ballet company.
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.