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Graphic Novel Panel January 26

SMGUILD_GNP13_FNL_web2Do you enjoy graphic novels? Of course you do! Would you like to make your own comic in an hour and a half? Sure you would! Then this all day event is just perfect for you. Put on by the Seattle Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild, it features a stellar lineup of cartoonists, illustrators and writers currently at the top of their game.

You like parties, don’t you? After all that knowledge and inspiration they’ve thrown at you, relax and attend the after party at Fantagraphics bookstore. Register here.

You appreciate cool posters, don’t you? Who doesn’t? Well, we designed this one.

Thank You to Cornish College of the Arts

We received this lovely note of thanks after we spoke to the Design Professional Practices class at Cornish College of the Arts. It was our pleasure! A hearty thank you right back to Wendy Quesinberry and the students for having us!

Our Own Worst Enemies. You Get a Knife and You Get a Knife and You Get a Knife, and…

Today is the last day to pre-register to get a $5 discount for Vivitiv partner Jacqueline McCarthy’s Graphic Artists Guild talk on self promotion #winning and #fails. All attendees get one of these sweet Vivitiv branded knives. Our Own Worst Enemies? Yes. We practice what we preach.

Think Global, Design Local: A Small Selection of Arts Logos

Over the years we’ve worked with some amazing WA based arts organizations. Here are a few logos we’ve done for the likes of the Seattle Symphony, Auburn Arts Commission, Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Puget Soundscape, Seattle International Music Fest, Gorge Amphitheatre, Seattle radio stations, Washington Commission for the Humanities…Think Global, Design Local.

Stop Motion Workshop at Design Family Reunion

We had a blast at the Design Family Reunion conference in Monterey, CA last week. The über patient Chris Sickels of Rednose Studio spent the day teaching a bunch of designers, illustrators and writer the painstakingly slow, yet fun art of stop motion animation. Chris supplied the set, props and his wonderful puppets that he designs and sculpts, all of which fit into a suitcase! This is what we did. Got to see some old friends from around the country and more importantly get to meet some new friends. More info over at the Rock, Paper, Ink blog.

Our Own Worst Enemies. Jacqueline McCarthy on Self-Promotion.

Vivitiv partner Jacqueline McCarthy will be giving a talk to the Seattle Graphic Artists Guild on September 26, 2012. Our Own Worst Enemies will focus on the triumphs and tragedies of over twenty years of self-promotional efforts. Sign up here.

Our Antiquated Technology Exhibit at AIGA Seattle Anniversary Event

While Vivitiv was part of the Future of Design exhibit at the AIGA Seattle 25th Anniversary event, we also curated an Antiquated Technology Exhibit. The display consisted of useless storage technologies of the past including floppy disks, SyQuest cartridges, ZIP Disks and a fried hard drive. Considered at the time to be the pinnacle of digital storage technology, these outmoded devices contain untold design treasures that will never again see the light of day.

Vivitiv and The Seattle Design Festival

Vivitiv was asked to participate in the Seattle Design Festival Design Marks Project. Vivitiv, along with 24 other local design firms, designed 8-foot tall location markers with QR codes where viewers could experience how the design of Seattle’s urban landmarks has influenced the city’s culture, and how that culture has, in turn, influenced design.

Our video and installation was about The Seattle Art Museum and was titled “I Do Not Understand This Thing.” The aim of our project was to express the idea that the value of SAM lies not in the collection of paintings, film or sculpture housed within it’s walls, but in our relationship to it. More about the project here.