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Art & Design for Arrive Hotel

For the past 5+ years, we have been working closely with the Arrive team to develop a visual identity for their East Austin location. During an initial brand process, we developed a mood-board that inspired ELD founder, Sarah Presson, to develop a full series of collage pieces. 

The collages in this collection are inspired by Texas’s unique physical landscapes (its piney curtains, arid deserts, and endless skies), and the psychic landscapes they engender (open, reflective spaces for cosmic contemplation). An added dash of Tex-Mex flavor and retro Americana elements borrow from a color palette dually inspired by Austin’s seasonal wildflower explosion and those year-round visitors, our bright green monk parakeets!

The team selected 3 pieces for each room and commissioned the ELD team to develop a design for the room dinettes, room keys and a ‘How to East Austin’ guidebook.

The Arrive team chose an arrowhead collage to be printed on the formica tables. With a skull centered in the design, the arrows surrounding were hand cut from various magazines and land satellite images.

The room keys carried by guests are mini art pieces with a text number for the hotel concierge service on the back side. 

Our field guide is informational yet stylish with several custom illustrations and snippets of collage art. It provides hotel guests a pocket reference for exploring Austin’s East side with options for  food, drink, and entertainment within walking distance and slightly beyond.

Check out these articles to learn more:

Curbed  | Culturemap  | Timeout | Austin Business Journal

 

Barnstorming with Beto

Join us for “Barnstorming with Beto” at The Long Time on Saturday, April 14th at 2pm.  We’ll be selling our own Beto inspired merch alongside Design Build Adventure, with all proceeds benefitting the campaign.  Advanced ticket purchase is required.  To find out more, check out the event here.

7 Branding Tips

Thinking about developing or evolving your brand?  Check out our guide to a successful branding process.

#1: Hire a Professional

It can be very tempting to look for a DIY or low-cost solution to branding, especially if you are a small business or nonprofit.  Trust us when we say this: It’s worth the investment.  A professional designer will provide you with logo variations for different occasions, font treatments, a color palette, and a Style Guide.  These elements are essential to developing a cohesive and recognizable brand that will stand the test of time.

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Rebranding Austin Corner Vet

As Corner Vet expanded in Austin, a dark cloud named Corner Vet in Houston also grew – as another business, with another owner and another way of providing care.  In order to remain true to our ethos, we decided to re-name and evolve from Corner Vet to not be associated with the other Texas clinics.

As concepts developed, Paz (meaning ‘peace’) became a much better fit for this practice.

Since emanating peaceful vibes is what this practice aims to share with both animal and human clientele, we adopted St. Francis as our patron Saint and symbol and coined ‘Peace to All’ as our new tagline.

Look for the new Paz signs on Cesar Chavez and South 1st in Austin, and take a moment to check out the incredible interiors as well. There is a beautiful painting by Mississippi artist Ginger Williams-Cook in the new S. 1st lobby, and there are are fine art prints throughout the building.

Sweet Unknown

Erika Wennerstrom came by the studio in November and selected a piece of art as an inspiration for her solo tour poster.  The tour, Sweet Unknown, begins in December 2016 and will continue through early 2018.

The piece this poster was derived from can be viewed in Sarah Presson’s fine art portfolio, sarahpresson.com. It was part of a diptych titled ‘The Desert in Bloom’.

Screenprinting by Nakatomi Inc

Happenstance

We are getting ready to open our studio for East Austin Studio Tours over the next 2 weekends, November 12-13 and 19-20. Artwork by Sarah Presson, Nick Schnitzer and Jack Murphy will be displayed throughout the house. The property is 2 acres and we couldn’t help but arrange for a stellar party this year – En Route Production’s ‘Happenstance’ will be happening here on November 19th from 7-11pm.

The night will be ablaze with fire hoop dancers, yoga acrobatics, a live, looping violinist, spontaneous poetry, tarot card readings, tap dancing, bonfires roasting Dai Due hot dogs and s’mores, Live Oak Brewing beer, theatrical shenanigans, beautiful visual art, a DJ and dancing, and a bra burning protest. And it’s Free Fun in Austin! FREE! All are welcome! Viva Art!

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People’s Gallery

Two of Sarah’s collage works have just been accepted in the People’s Gallery 2016 Exhibition. Look for these on the walls of City Hall in 2016!

Both of these works were born from a collaboration with Nick Schnitzer – part of a series they created after a trip to India in 2014.

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Global Youth Peace Summit

This was our 4th year at the Global Youth Peace Summit, but my first as a counselor.

I spent the week alongside some of our world’s most incredible and encouraging youth. Throughout the week we developed strong relationships and respect for each other and our respective cultures.

Big thanks to the Amala Foundation for allowing us to be a part of something so powerful. I have so much love for this community!

Urban Roots’ Tour de Farm 2015

We have been teaming up with the folks at Urban Roots to evolve their brand and step up their even collateral. Misha illustrated a series of veggie icons that really helped amp up the color and tied everything together.

The event was beautiful. The food was ethereal. And the youth were empowered!!! It doesn’t get much better than that 🙂