Infotec 2020 Moves to Kaneko

By SPN Newsroom / February 7, 2020

Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place April 17 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…

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Highlights from the Commonwealth Podcast, featuring Milwaukee-based Soul and Pop singer Lex Allen

By Tom McCauley / November 27, 2019

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…

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Juno launches subscription greeting card service for busy people, draws on expertise of working artists

By Henry Nunn / October 15, 2019

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…

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Daake Helps Brands Focus through Strategy and Design

By Tom McCauley / August 5, 2019

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…

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What Dinovember’s creators learned about creativity & imagination

By SPN Team / October 28, 2014

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…

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Drake class makes iPad app a study in e-publishing

By christopher / December 9, 2011

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. …

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With Anna Jones behind the lens, startups are squarely in frame

By Danny Schreiber / May 20, 2011

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 …

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Brandon Herbel plants Make Believe clothing company, studio in Omaha

By Danny Schreiber / October 22, 2010

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…

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A conversation with Pixar’s Josh Cooley, the transcript

By Robert Murphy / October 8, 2010

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…

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