Emily Biondo is a passionate, process-conscious artist and graphic designer based in Washington D.C. who’s work ranges from large-scale interactive art installations to intricate hand-drawn lettering. In her personal, paid, and pro-bono work she combines digital and physical mediums to create art that pops from a distance, draws you in, and begs for a closer, interactive look. We talked about her process, about working with clients, and why creating “the perfect work” would be a major bummer.
New York City portrait photographer, Alan Winslow, approach to his craft is rooted in minimalism and tradition. Rather than take thousands of shots digitally, in hopes of capturing the perfect picture, Alan prefers to shoot on film, giving him more time to set up the frame and get to know his subject. His creative process is finally completed in the darkroom where he perfects the color balance, the composition of the photograph, and creates a physical print.
Can yoga work for you? It’s about stretching your hamstrings and strengthening your biceps, but it’s also about improving your life. As a Yoga instructor in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Tasha Judson believes that small movements can have an enormous impact on fulfilling your potential as a conscious being. Teaching yoga gives her the opportunity to not only relieve her students of stress, but to express themselves creatively through freedom and happiness.
What's the common ground between cancer treatment and beer? As a successful oncologist, Orion Howard approaches each patient with honesty, compassion, and empathy, providing them with a dignified quality of life. His ability to listen and authentically connect with people has been one of the driving forces throughout his medical career and carried over into his new career as co-founder of Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Like oncology, brewing is a science that requires careful attention to the appropriate mixture of components in order to achieve success while never losing sight of the needs of the patient or the patron.
One more question for pop culture writer for the Washington Post, Elahe Izadi. How do you know if you've written something good?
Elahe Izadi is a journalist for the Washington Post who uses curiosity to fuel her creativity and fear to catalyze her growth as a writer. Covering pop culture, she writes in an entertaining fashion continuously seeking to explore and reflect the attitudes of society within the greater context of the world.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” - John Lydgate
The very nature of politics dictates that while one group of people will be pleased with you, another group will be utterly disappointed with your performance. Greg Lemon, who is a communications director and speechwriter on Capitol Hill is all too familiar with this juxtaposition. At a time when the news cycle never ends, the emails never let up, and the phone continuously rings, he takes a measured approach to politics applying the old baseball adage, “Keep your highs low and your lows high” and focuses on the greater goals of the team, remembering that growth and forward progress takes time.
How did you turn failure into success? Brooklyn artist, Claudia Santiso’s willingness to fail, combined with a love of experimenting with those failures, has been the foundation for her burgeoning art career. Her creative evolution as an artist and distinct, if not somewhat improbable style of painting, is a testament to her non-conformist attitude, curiosity, and years of stubborn exploration.
Ever been stumped by a problem? When all of the potential solutions have been exhausted the people of North Adams, Massachusetts turn to the unique skills of Bill Greenwald. He’s a mechanical engineer, a mushroom grower, a pilot, and an airport manager, but at the heart of all of his talents, he is a problem solver. Whether he’s installing a kitchen sink, helping the local water company remain operational, designing the logistics for a dynamic piece of art, or developing a groundbreaking technique for growing Shiitake mushrooms, Bill’s creativity comes in the form of exploring pragmatic, cost effective, solutions to people’s problems.
What does wallpaper have to do with shoe design? Listen to Senior Design Director of Innovation for New Balance, J.F. Fullum, as we delve into his experimental approach to footwear design. Through collaboration with his design team, he creatively explores the future of running, fashion, materials, and technology. By thinking outside the box and drawing inspiration from other industries not typically associated with athletic shoe design, he continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
Professor emeritus, Dan Jones, has been practicing and teaching landscape architecture for over forty years, consulted on a number of seminal development projects, and mentored countless students who went on to have enormous impacts in the field of landscape architecture. Throughout his career he has extensively explored how creativity and design can be applied within the greater context of one’s surroundings.
In an age where people can achieve a sense of accomplishment through likes and shares, there are those on the front lines of motivated, grassroots movements, who are taking creative approaches towards advocating for a better future. Community organizers, Sam Jewler and Katie Ashmore are well aware that change takes time, but have discovered that a combination of anger, optimism, and persistence, results in positive growth in society.
CIA trained chef, Tony DiSalvo's approach to cooking has been an evolution in creativity. During his twenty-six years in the industry he's grown to appreciate the simplicity of ingredients, the exploration of world cuisines, and inspiration provided by nature.
Fitness is an essential part of Raneir Pollard's life and his belief is that a person's relationship with fitness never ends. Instead it evolves, adapts, and expands through the continual experimentation of workouts and exercises that each individual can get excited about. Age catches up to us all, but there's no reason we should give in, give up, or relax.
Like most people working in the current Renaissance of tech Andy Lawton's story as a developer started with his involvement in the "Tupac Mp3 Chat Forum", quickly rose to NASA, and now the dating app Tinder. Listen to how his failures in life created a chip on his shoulder that pushed him towards the perfection of his craft.
Katy Haas acts as a filter for which people, events, perspective, research and history pass through to produce relatable human stories that evoke something grander about the experiences of a time, place, and the human condition.
"Persistence and believing in yourself are the things that you have to keep going back to because if you believe in yourself other people are much more likely to believe in you too."
Brandon Wardell is a stand-up comedian who happens to also be very funny on social media. While he cringes at the term "social media personality", Brandon has triumphantly used Twitter as a lunch pad to success in Hollywood. His Comedy Central Snapchat show Hot Takes blends stand up, pop culture, and social media into one cohesive art form, but will he be on social media forever?
Camden Unglesbee isn't your "typical" stylist. Looking at him you might think he just destroyed a hotel room after a sweaty concert in a basement, but in reality he probably performed a delicate cut and color with a gentle shampoo. As fringe culture has seeped into the mainstream creatives like Camden help push us all to be a little more rock n' roll and embrace the coolest version of ourselves.