Costumes, Casinos, and a Cause – “Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

Fundraising events are necessary for any philanthropic/non profit organization.   The more engaging the event, the better.   Last week I was asked to provide my photography skills for Noble of Indiana, and organization that “creates opportunities and provides learning disability services for the developmentally disabled to live meaningful lives in Indiana.”

“Raising the Stakes” is an annual event with a casino feel filled with a variety of staple casino games, and also includes a classy dinner and multiple raffles/auctions.   This year they added a “Photo Booth” where people could let loose and wear a variety of ridiculous costume items.   My job was to snap the photos, of course.

I’ve done the “Photo Booth” at several events around Indianapolis and I am continually surprised at how excited people get to pose for these pictures.   It’s a great addition to any event, raising the energy level and enthusiasm of everyone present.

I’ve provided a link  to the pictures on my Facebook business page below.  Take a quick look…I’m sure you’ll have a couple laughs.  Congrats to Noble of Indiana on a successful event.

“Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

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Political Design Work – Appropriate a Day Before the Election Don’t You Think?

Being the day before the big election I found it fitting to share some political work of my own.   It’s not on the national stage mind you, but of a local race here in Indiana for State Representative.   The gentleman running for office I’ve known for over a decade since our days back in the fraternity house.  When he approached me back in early February to lend my services I was more than happy to help.

So check out some political work done by LeFors Design. Trust me when I say its not your typical campaign material. Design elements range from social media to traditional print material.  I’ve provided the link to the whole album below.

LeFors Design: Political Campaign Design

Social Media History via One Giant Infographic

Who wants to simply read something when it can be presented in a much more visual fashion.   I believe we are becoming an increasingly visual culture, relying on the image more than the text to convey a message.   However, I also believe the happy medium between the two forms of communication is the infographic.

To prove my point, take a look at this infographic from Brand Flakes (@brandflakesblog).  It’s a visual representation of the history of our social media world from 1971 to today…yes it goes back that far.  The topic is presented in a way that is visually pleasing while still very informative.

What do you think?

brandflakesforbreakfast: social media history in one giant info-graphic.

Facebook Store, The Want Button, Twitter’s Ad Platform, & the Mobile Election

An interesting podcast regarding the continued influence of social media…from advertising to politics, 2nd screen viewing, Twitter’s new Nielsen Brand Impact poll (interesting), and so much more.

Created by the group SoLoMo (Social Location Mobile), the podcast is about an hour long, and filled with a lot of info…but it’s a good listen.

Reminds me of the days when I tried my hands at podcasting 5 years ago.

Facebook Store, The Want Button, and Twitter Shapes Their Ad Platform.

http://solomoshow.com/facebook-opens-a-store-episode-40/

Caine’s Arcade

Is it wrong for me to be jealous of a 9 year-old?  Ha ha.  I’m kidding of course
…or am I 🙂

When was the last time you went to an arcade?  Chances are you can’t even remember.   As a child I went all the time, well whenever my parent’s would give me some money anyway.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and the Simpsons were my favorite games, aside from ski ball of course.  Arcades now reside in the world of nostalgia for many, as the home gaming consoles and Angry Birds have taken their place for today’s generation.

Today I ran across a great short documentary called Caine’s Arcade, a story about 9-year-old Caine Monroy from L.A.  who founded his own arcade in his father’s auto parts story.   Oh, did I mention its made out of cardboard.  Directed by Nirvan Mullick, Caine’s Arcade is a touching story about the power of one young child’s imagination.  Nirvan also happened to be Caine’s first customer.

I could tell the whole story for you, but I encourage you to take 10 minutes and discover the joy of this film for yourself. If I still lived in California I’d be a frequent patron of this fine establishment, if only to be reminded of my own childhood days spent at the arcade.

Like Cain’s Arcade on Facebook and be sure to support a Scholarship Fund that has been set up in his name!