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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.