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August’s global theme WEIRD will be discussed by Christopher Locke.

Hosted at Esther’s Follies on Friday, August 19. Registration and other details here.

Thanks to our partners for this month: Vitamin T and Cuvée Coffee.

Jess Warren likes to start her day drinking coffee, exploring her neighborhood, and/or joining creative meetups (like yours truly!). As a full-time freelance graphic designer/consultant and July’s #CMugshot, Jess creates logos, menus, marketing materials, wedding invitations, and games. When she’s not designing, she’s out and about Austin, enjoying a run around Lady Bird Lake or exploring the beautiful gardens and patios this city’s restaurants have to offer. 

What place (in the world) do you love the most? 

I want to say the southern coast of Spain (it’s definitely up there!), but it’s probably the Frank Melville Park on Long Island, NY. Only a short walk from my childhood home, the park has a pond full of geese, swans and turtles. There is a beautiful bridge, a marsh, a bird sanctuary, and a water mill. It’s where we would take family photos, where I learned to enjoy running, and where I discovered photography. This park has meant a lot to me over the years.

What are some of the favorite, random things you love?

While I am in love with beaches and their salty skies, I also adore the character of mountains and the vastness of deserts. I love the beauty of street art, abandoned buildings, and alleyways. I also love hosting people, dancing for no reason, and that feeling just before you fall asleep.

Connect with Jess!

CreativeMornings Profile | Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Portfolio

Photo by Callie Richmond

Each month, a different CreativeMornings chapter from around the world picks our global theme. Can you guess who chose WEIRD for August?

So all month, we’re celebrating the people, places, and organizations who are doing their part to “Keep Austin Weird." 

Tell us who we should celebrate next here

We’ll feature one nominee each day on Twitter @CM_Austin

This month’s theme is presented globally by MailChimp – we couldn’t do this without them! And a big thank you to Will Bryant for the illustration that all 152 chapters are using this month! (Do us a favor and show them both some love on Twitter.)

So who do you think is keeping Austin weird

July’s global theme LOVE will be discussed by Jessica and Michael Sanders.

Hosted at the South Congress Hotel on Friday, July 29. Registration and other details here.

Thanks to our partners for this month: Vitamin T and Cuvée Coffee.

Before Nat Wittstruck reaches for a chorizo, potato, and queso fresco taco, it’s coffee first (and cold brew at that). This design director for GPJ Experience Marketing is our June #CMugshot and no stranger to the beloved Austin haunts: you can find him at Waterloo Records (without dogs) or the fantastic Contigo (with dogs).

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

The possibilities of MagicLeap mixed reality technology. TV. Internet. Smart Phones. ML is next and its awesome to ideate it’s ramifications.

What in your life is more beautiful/whole when broken?

In experience design, I’m constantly working to get people to break out of their comfort zone - to have an unguarded, immersive experience. Call these ‘wet’ experiences, where it’s that moment when you’re out in the rain when you stop caring that you’re getting wet – you just are, and in that acceptance, have broken into a new mental state. On the flipside of this, I am passionate about delivering work to break client expectations. Experience design is the intersection of architecture, behavioral psychology, sculpture, graphic design, language, live events, interior design, and so many other creative mediums, all with their own instruments and techniques. Taking your client to unconventional combinations of these mediums pushes your partnership forward, alongside the industry, where I am continuously inspired by the work of those daring to break from what is expected of a brand or company.

Connect with Nat!

CreativeMornings Profile | LinkedIn

Photo by Manny Pandya


Meat, with a side of meat. That’s what our May #CMugshot, Jake Sullivan, likes on his breakfast taco. When presented with a blank mug and markers, Jake sought out collaborators and roped in none other than Swiss Miss herself, CreativeMornings founder Tina Roth Eisenberg. This freelance creative director, copywriter, filmmaker, and an all-around nice guy also donates his talents to the #CMSummit16 effort. Thank you, Jake! He’s a busy, devoted father so if you want to pin him down during his off time, you’ll have to try to catch him at Bull Creek. 


What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

Marc Maron’s interview with Sturgill Simpson.

What audacious thing would you like to make part of your reality this year?

I want to reposition the act of passing the hat or tip jar for musicians to “paying respect” as the first part of a broader initiative to get musicians paid for what they are so often forced to give away. And yes, I am looking for help. 

Connect with Jake!

Twitter  |  Website  |  Facebook  | CreativeMornings Profile

(Photos of Jake (and Tina) by Manny Pandya)