This month’s event marks CM/Chicago’s 7th birthday! Making Friday’s event extra special is that our incredible speaker is a member of our volunteer organizing team.

Adé Hogue is a designer and letterer specializing in hand-created type. He has worked with creative firms in Chicago as a designer and art director with brands such as PayPal, eBay Inc., Nike, ALDI, Ocean Spray, Teavana, MilkPEP and more. Currently, Adé freelances full-time for a range of clients while teaching lettering at DePaul University.

Adé has presented his personal work in exhibitions such as Typeforce, an annual juried showcase of typographic artists in Chicago. Further, he has been an invited speaker at design and creativity conferences, such as Top Con 2015 and Creative South 2017. In the fall of 2017 he was selected as one of PRINT Magazine’s New Visual Artists—an annual roundup of 15 of the best creatives today under 30.

We’re thrilled to have him take the mic this Friday as we explore June’s global theme of CRAFT. Learn a little bit more about Adé with our Q&A below, and we’ll see you soon!

In one sentence or less, what does “craft” mean to you?
Taking the time to work on the little things in whatever it is that you find yourself passionate about. 

How does Chicago influence you/your work?
Well, I think it does in a figurative way as well as a literal one. Literally, Chicago influences my work because I often find myself working on Chicago-centric projects. When I get a lettering assignment for a company or event here in the city, I seek out specific typographic references here in Chicago. In a figurative sense, Chicago influences me and my work by instilling that work ethic that you have to have to live here. It’s the city of broad shoulders, so when things get tough, or you ever get stuck, you just have to put your shoulders up.

List 3 words that start with the letter C to describe yourself/your personality.
Man, this is deep. I’m going to go with “creative,” “caring,” and “capable.“ 

What are the top three places you find inspiration?
I have a couple of vintage style lettering books that are super helpful, but otherwise I’m lame and I just find inspiration through Instagram and/or Dribbble.

You’ve been to a bunch of CreativeMornings/Chicago events… what has been your most memorable CreativeMornings experience to date?
I’d probably have to say my very first one back in 2013, Will Miller. I would consider Will a friend today, and I’m not sure if he knows this, but he is one of the reasons I actually started lettering. His talk was in September of 2013. In October of that same year I started a daily lettering project and the rest is history.

What’s one fun fact about you that’s not in your official bio?
I have the incredible (and absolutely worthless) ability to remember and recite lyrics to almost any major rap/hip-hop song from the late 90s to early 2000s. It’s brain space that I don’t think I’ll ever get back.