The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes that are leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, Lex Allen, an up-and-coming non-binary Soul Pop singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, sat down with The Commonwealth to discuss the approach they take to…Read More
In our increasingly digital society, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Despite the ubiquity of social media and texting, nothing beats the thrill of face-to-face interaction, though a nice handwritten letter or a greeting card comes close. Jesse and Ross Harding, two brothers raised in Omaha, experienced such disconnection when they moved away from home. Living…Read More
One of author William Faulkner’s most iconic phrases concerns the lingering influence of yesterday: “The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.” (Requiem for a Nun, 1937.) Divorced from context, those lines seem alternately romantic, insightful, absurd, comforting and creepy. In context, they speak of the need to set fire to the failures, lies,…Read More
Daake knows something about reinvention. In May, the Omaha-based branding agency acquired local creative mainstays Webster Design, nearly doubling their staff and gaining some powerful minds in the process. The agency also recently upgraded their offices, rehabbing a former cigar bar into a sleek, sunlit, open-plan environment overlooking a golf course. Spend a few minutes…Read More
Before Dinovember, Kansas Citian Refe Tuma says he and his wife, Susan, felt the way lots of parents probably do.
While the couple loved raising their four kids—now ages 7, 5, 3 and 1—it was difficult to find time to pursue projects they were passionate about. In Refe and Susan’s case, creative disciplines like art and music…Read More
Assistant prof. Jeff Inman’s senior magazine capstone at Drake University feels equal parts college-newspaper-the-night-before-press and professional blog newsroom. Perhaps that’s because the veteran of alternative weeklies, including Des Moines’ Cityview, runs this class of over a dozen senior journalism students like a commercial publication. …Read More
Anna Jones’ view of the Des Moines startup community comes from a unique perspective: behind a camera lens.
Jones operates her business, Anna Jones | Art of Photography, from Des Moines full-time, documenting everything from babies to weddings to commercial projects. As of December, she’s also on her way to establishing herself as the photographer of choice for events throughout the startup community.
“This ties in …Read More
The generation of an idea, a thorough business plan and acquiring capital are three components that most aspiring entrepreneurs adopt when looking to launch their own business. But for one Omaha resident, a love for creativity, a passion for community and the United States’ largest offshore oil spill was enough to launch his own clothing company and inspire others to “Believe.”
Brandon Herbel launched Make Believe Clothing Co. from the corner of his bedroom in October 2009, primarily…Read More
Last Friday, Robert Murphy teamed up with photographer Jordan Green to cover a KANEKO Great Minds Series presentation by Josh Cooley, a story artist and director at Pixar Animation Studios. To read Murphy’s recap of Cooley’s presentation, “Coloring Outside the Lines,” see: Josh Cooley gives an in-depth look at Pixar’s creative process.
On Saturday, Murphy met with Cooley to learn more…Read More
Amidst downtown Omaha’s streets of corporate businesses lie somewhat-hidden art hubs that not only strive to promote local and in-residence artists, but also look to generate thought, conversation and debate within the creative community.
While art facilities like KANEKO are known for turning heads as an innovative open space for the mind…Read More