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On Friday September 27th the CreativeMornings community gathered at the Leo Burnett Department of Design, coffee and bagels in hand, to hear what Will Miller had to say about this months topic, Connect.

Will is a creative director and designer at Firebelly Design and we asked him to share how he connects his work with his passions.

“Connect. Working with hands, team, and life.”


Working with your hands; a natural way of making. Designing for top notch exhibitions such as Type Force require lots of exploring. Will gave us a glimpse behind the scenes of the 2013 poster design. “These things can happen quick, feel like exploration and tend to be tactile.” He and his team cut holes into their backdrop and photographed hands holding the letters that spelled the title of the show.


Working as a team; moments for larger collaboration.  Showcasing Camp Firebelly, Will demonstrated how working in collaborative teams is how great design is made. Every year Firebelly gathers a hand full of apprentices that collaborate on a project to make the world a little better. Will showed how they teamed up with the You Are Beautiful campaign to create a street installation that brings the individuals together to form a powerful message.


Working within your life; making personally important work. No presentation is complete without images of cute furry animals. Will shared his and his wife Erin’s passion of fostering at risk dogs. He showed off dozens of the little guys, including Lucida and Creature. Erin went on to start Aura Natural Pet and Will designed the brand. They both make sure their passions stay at the forefront of their work. View more of Will’s work at his website.

Engage in a deep discussion about the name of Will and his wife’s next foster-dog or meet up for a typographic run @q_type.

Best Icebreaker Name Tag September 2013
Alexandra of Kindred is our first icebreaker name tag of the month. Alexandra lives by "prayer + hustle," as well as some stellar hand-lettering. For more of her hand-lettered goodness, follow her on instagram at @alexandra003

Thanks Alexandra, for visiting our September 2013 Chicago Creative Morning.

In case you haven’t heard, Grind has opened their 3rd location right here in Chicago. We’re pretty excited about it because they embrace the creative working environment and give entrepreneurs and freelancers a place to get away from home and meet other like-minded folks. Not to mention, they’re big fans of CreativeMornings and even provided the breakfast and coffee at our talk last month with the Greater Good Studio.

They’ve officially opened their doors and are celebrating with a launch party! The event will take place on Thursday, October 3rd from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM at their swanky new office located at 2 N LaSalle Street. You’re all invited, but first you must register

The night will be a combination of influencers, friends and Grindists, complete with a presentation about how work is changing by none other than CreativeMorning’s own Jake Nickell, Founder and CEO of Threadless. They’ll also provide tasty libations from local vendors and cappuccino from Intelligentsia.

Hope to see you there!

George Aye and Sara Cantor Aye of the Greater Good Studio graced the CreativeMornings stage in August, talking about the 3 things they’ve learned along the way. Plus, we get a peek into what it’s like working with your spouse! George and Sara’s candid, honest perspective was refreshing and inspiring. It was a creative morning, indeed.

Check out the talk in full here.