All posts by Julia Reich

minimal cat art

30-day minimalist cat drawing challenge

For 30 consecutive days during Nov–Dec 2017 I drew a minimal cat picture using a 9-in x 12-in sketchpad and a black sharpie. (It wasn’t always easy since I was looking at a small cell phone screen and usually had cats and a dog trying to climb all over me.)  Then I posted the original photo +…

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design thinking sketchnotes

The MFA plan v2.0

Exciting update to my grad school MFA (Master of Fine Arts) plans (see Why I decided to go back to school at age 48): I’ve enrolled in the NEW #designthinking for innovation and collaboration certificate program at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Hopefully I’ll get a bunch of credits transferred to Indiana State University. With apologies to my ISU…

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Book-Review-Leader-as-Facilitator-by-Lynne-Cazaly

A personal book review of Leader as facilitator: how to inspire, engage and get work done

Why I chose to read this book “Facilitation: helping, improving, or making something easier” ¹ “Leadership emerges from a desire to help others” ² I was drawn to this book since the author is both a visual scribe and a master meeting leader, as well as a frequent keynote speaker and author of several books…

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Why I decided to go to back to school at age 48

I’ve spent most of my professional life involved in visual communications, but that’s not what I studied as an undergrad (environmental education, at Hampshire College) because I didn’t even know what graphic design was then, and I was terribly intimidated by the “art students”. By my late twenties I had taken a single life-transforming class…

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Get your house in order: how to use brand architecture to repair a fractured brand image

Get your house in order: how to use brand architecture to repair a fractured brand image

Do you sometimes feel your nonprofit is having an identity crisis – like one of your programs or events is more well-known than the organization itself? If the public recognizes the event or program, but not the organization that has worked so hard to make it a familiar success, this can be a problem —…

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5 “Dos” of Brand Personality

The 5 “dos” of brand personality

Brand Personality is the visible and outward manifestation of your brand [CLICK TO TWEET], in subtle and obvious ways – everything from the copy on your website, to your logo, to the signage in the window. When your organization’s brand is defined in this way, your community will more easily be able to connect with you –…

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