Manifest Dinner

Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
It’s not every night an awesome client takes you out for an amazing dine, but every once in a while you hit the jackpot.

We had been working with Manifest Digital for the last couple months, rebranding the Chicago-based agency and having a ball doing it. In true Manifest fashion, the dinner they hosted was amazing and thoughtful. It took place in a private room off a private kitchen in the basement of Topolobampo, the restaurant of acclaimed chef (and Top Chef Masters winner) Rick Bayless.

It was great to finally sit down and meet the Manifest crew face-to-face, discuss the rebrand and hear what they’d been up to. It was even better to do it while having a wonderful six-course meal, complete with wine pairings.

We couldn’t have asked for a better night in Chicago. Thanks Dave, Jim and the rest of the Manifest crew.

Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Dave Lawrence at Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Jim Jacoby of Manifest Digital at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo
Manifest Digital Dinner at Topolobampo

Dan Blackman


I remember seeing Dan Blackman’s work a while ago. Actually, it was his Graphic USA project that caught my eye. These Chicago badge illustrations were bold and graphic. For me, they had a retro Americana, road triply, almost tribal feel to them.

At the time I first saw them, we were working on our newest identity and preparing and dreaming about our One Year trip. They really struck a chord. So I was very excited when we finally got to have brunch with Dan on our brief stop through Chicago.

No doubt you’ve seen Dan’s work around. It’s definitely made its way around the design blogs. For more fabulous eye candy, be sure to check out his site here.








Mike McQuade


I’ve posted about Mike McQuade’s work in the past, so I was pretty psyched to meet the man in person at our recent brunch. His ultra-graphic style seems to flow effortlessly between media, from print to branding to interactive. One of my favorites of his projects is the branding and promotional materials for Tom, Dick & Harry, an advertising agency out of Chicago. You can tell he put a lot of love put in this one from all its amazing details, including a very cool series of capabilities badges. Check out more of his work online here.





Brandon Oxendine


We couldn’t have been in and out of Chicago faster. It was unfortunate for us that we couldn’t work out a longer stay, because we love it there.

At the very least, we were happy to carve out the time for a fabulous Chicago brunch with fantastic designers Brandon Oxendine, Mike McQuade and Dan Blackman.

Brandon has a great typographic and illustrative style. I particularly liked his 2010 project “A Word A Day,” where he set out to draw a word almost every 24 hours. Check out the collection and other parts of his portfolio here.