News Blog - The Real Art news blog delivers everything you ever wanted to know about our projects and people. Plus up-to-the-minute announcements, accolades and anything fun that’s worth a mention.

News Blog - The Real Art news blog delivers everything you ever wanted to know about our projects and people. Plus up-to-the-minute announcements, accolades and anything fun that’s worth a mention.


Secret Santa Sandwich

Chris Wire "kind of looks like" the Earl of Sandwich
Evidence that Chris Wire “kind of looks like” the Earl of Sandwich

Each year, Real Arters nobly face the intense and arduous ritual of our Secret Santa Gift Exchange. The only rule? You must make the gift yourself.  Jake Sloma, the Senior Interaction Designer based in our Chicago office, has some experience and advice to share with his colleagues in need of a little inspiration.

What is your favorite gift that you made and what is the story behind it?

One time I made Scott a sandwich. I turned him back really fast so I don’t think there are any witnesses to corroborate the gift. Back story: I really like sandwiches, more than I like Scott. I thought making him a sandwich would help, but it didn’t.

What is your favorite gift that you received?

A do-it-yourself ham sandwich kit.

What is your advice for someone making a gift?

Sandwiches make a great gift.

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Commit to Craft

Creative Works Conference attendees had no chance of leaving empty handed. Pictured are items designed and sold by Aaron Draplin, Clark Orr
Items designed by Aaron Draplin, Clark Orr, Sasha Barr, Joey Ellis, Brandon Rike, Dana Tanamachi-Williams, and more.

This past weekend, two Real Arters ventured to Memphis to attend the Creative Works Conference, a three-day exploration into the roles and challenges of the creative community. The lineup that Josh Horton pulled together included presentations and events featuring a range of designers, illustrators, storytellers, and other creative professionals. Here are three of the top takeaways that Sara Hinegardner brought back to Real Art HQ.

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Real Art welcomes Thomas Spaulding

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Real Art welcomes Thomas Spaulding as the newest addition to our team. He is a Front-End Developer working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Spaulding’s expertise in JavaScript and CSS will inform the creation of exceptional interactive media at Real Art, adding his technical skill and experience to our web development group.

Spaulding graduated from Heidelberg University in 2010. While still a student, he interned at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, working on a flight simulator system. Soon after graduation, Spaulding was hired by Sogeti USA where he worked as a Front-End Developer for the iStable Horse Management system.

In college, Spaulding fell in love with the JavaScript programming language. Since that time, he has learned a number of third party JavaScript frameworks such as Bootstrap, Angular JS, Kendo UI, etc. While his love for Javascript is strong, it has not hampered his thirst for knowledge in other technologies such as Asp.Net, Java, and Mobile Application Development. In his time off, Spaulding likes to keep up to date on new technologies through Pluralsight and CoDrops.

Outside of work, Spaulding is an avid snowboarder. On weekends in the winter months you can find him at Perfect North Slopes or Mad River Mountain. When there isn’t snow on the ground, Spaulding enjoys mountain biking and playing video games.

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Real Art Welcomes Adlyn Morrison


Real Art welcomes Adlyn Morrison as the newest addition to our team. She is a Front-End Development Intern working out of Real Art’s Chicago Office. Morrison brings a knowledge of JavaScript frameworks and an eye for design to entry-level development projects.

Morrison is a senior at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a degree in Mobile Media Programming. Currently, she is completing her thesis developing a website featuring multiple JavaScript libraries on a WordPress platform. She graduates December 2014. Prior to working at Real Art, Morrison interned for a number of companies including The Chicago Architecture Foundation, Rise Interactive, and TSeC.

Morrison loves what she does because she believes that web and mobile platforms are the pipes that bring information to the world. She never tires of learning new technologies and hopes to make significant contributions to society with the power of code.

Originally from Mt. Prospect, Morrison resides in Skokie. When she’s not learning about web development, she likes reading nonfiction books, watching dark dramas, and listening to R&B, Highlife, and Soca.

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Loot-Makers Extraordinaire

From mid-August to mid-September, we gave away a new Real Art-made item every day on Twitter. Shipped-out with a pirate twist, these prizes were claimed by a hoard of social media followers. But what about the swashbuckling creatives behind these prints, posters, and paintings? Here’s the inside story on a few of those prizes, directly from the Real Arters who made them.

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