is a collaborative of creative catalysts and community changemakers
that connects the social and creative capital of South Dakota, North
Dakota and Minnesota. You can learn more by visiting the OTA website.
OTA founder and curator, Hugh Weber, was kind enough to bring Spark on
board as a production partner for this year's event, which means we were
able to be a part of the fun printed collateral created for the event.
On March 15 the people of OTA converged on the Augustana College campus
to take in a killer line-up of speakers. I'm not sure if I should refer
to this group of fantastic individuals as speakers because they really
were something far more exceptional. They didn't come to rattle off a
few statistics or blandly sell a product or idea. They came to engage,
entertain and inspire, all the while exceeding our expectations.
Throughout the course of the day I was taken to lands near and far,
provoked to think about abstract ideas and concrete solutions,
challenged to live my life with more everything-that-is-awesome and less
of the ordinary and expected.
Some of my favorite quotes from the day:
"Exceptional people can tell you why they are." -Ricardo Crespo of 20th Century Fox
"Do good work for good people." -Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co.
"You can't A/B test your way to a vision." -Karina van Schaardenburg of Foursquare
And pretty much everything that was said by Dave Brown of Holiday Matinee and MKG
Be sure to check out:
Pencils of Promise:
What Adam Braun has accomplished since 2008 will astound you. The world
needs more people like him who are willing to do what it takes to make a
difference in the lives of children around the world.
Ferocious Quarterly: How could I not love what Nate Utesch has done to beautifully capture the talents of current artists? The power of print is alive and well in this publication.
The first pieces we designed and printed were for a pre-session mailing to the speakers that they received two weeks before the event. The two pieces were wrapped in kraft paper, and tied with baker's twine and a note welcoming them to the OTA family.
Inside we had a card that asked the speakers to tell OTAns what they had in store for them. The cards said "Hey OTAns, preapre to be ______________ on March 15, 2013." Here are some examples of what was received. Fun, right?