Valentine’s Ideas You’ll Love
Whatever you’re searching for this February 14 — homemade Valentine’s Day cards, cute-as-can-be cupcakes, lush rose bouquets, or a gift for your valentine — this collection gathers the best Valentine’s Day ideas in one heartfelt spot.
Christmas Holidays – Favorite Ideas
On the hunt for new Christmas decorating ideas? You don’t have to stray far from Christmas classics. Try updating your favorite festive motifs with DIY crafts and decor ideas that look so great, you’d never guess how easy they are.
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As Art Director of my college capstone publication, Urban Plains Magazine, I designed pages and covers for tablet format. Click through the gallery to see the covers. Work was done using InDesign, Mag+, and Photoshop.
A few examples of feature stories designed for Urban Plains Magazine in fall 2013. I collaborated with the Editor in Chief to select and edit images, issue colors, and design branding materials. Using Mag+, I programmed interactivity, assembled issues, and pushed each tablet issue to the app store.
Front of book stories designed for Urban Plains Magazine in fall of 2013. Layouts made with InDesign, interactivity and UX programmed with Mag+.
Minneapolis Underground: A look into the Minnesota Hip Hop scene
In a parking lot in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, rapper P.O.S. stands on a stage and asks a crowd of people to circle up and join hands. After a little hesitation, they comply, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, palm locked in palm. Next, P.O.S. directs everyone to shout harambee—a word that means “pull together” in Swahili. When the crowd dies down, people turn to each other and introduce themselves, laughing and swapping stories about the acts they came to see.
It’s a moment of unity that would be hard to come by at most hip-hop festivals. In Minnesota, though, it’s representative of the underground music scene—particularly when it comes to hip-hop. There’s no beef here, no rivalries. Just people pulling together.
“We just wanted to create an event where we could bring as many different peoples together to celebrate one thing, which is our culture and our life,” says Manny Phesto, hip-hop artist and co-host of the Hip Hop Harambee, the official name of the day’s events.
And that culture—one defined by collaboration and community—is worth celebrating. Artists in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene thrive by creating together: They make something more dynamic as a whole than they could have alone. One example: Doomtree. The hip-hop collective—which includes P.O.S. and other musicians championing the Minneapolis scene—helps up-and-comers throughout the city. Then there’s Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label co-founded by Twin Cities royalty Atmosphere, that has worked to unify and promote Minnesota music for the last two decades. And local radio stations like The Current (89.3 KCMP FM) support the scene, spinning local hip-hop records during regular rotation, giving the music exposure and legitimacy.
The result of all that harambee is a scene that embodies Midwest values without compromising an edgy, hard-hitting sound. The output is purely authentic: a wealth of intelligent lyrics, a variety of voices and a slew of powerful beats. Urban Plains caught up with four Minneapolis-based rappers who give their insights on this refreshingly creative and collaborative scene, below.