19 Jul

11p Zodiac Wallpapers Series

Whether you’re a true believer in astrology, or just enjoy reading about what your sign might mean for you – we’ve created fun tech wallpapers highlighting each of the 12 zodiac signs. Next up in the series is Leo.

After clicking the button with the wallpaper you want, right-click and select “Save Image As…” to save to your device.

If you are interested in downloading the wallpaper for Cancer, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini keep scrolling down. And, don’t forget to check back each month for additional signs!

Leo

(June 21-July 22)

Reasons Leos are the best:

  1. They never run out of energy and are always ready for an impromptu dance party or
  2. They work hard for their money, but they make it a priority to enjoy it too by indulging in the best.
  3. They are one of the first signs to step up and speak out when they see injustice.

Famous Leo Creatives:

  • Andy Warhol
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Madonna

Cancer

(June 21-July 22)

Reasons Cancers are the best:

  1. They have the ability to always trust their intuition without judgment, regardless of the facts and figures.

  2. They are incredibly loyal. Once they are your friend, you’ll have them in your life forever.

  3. They are creative. No matter what situation they are in, they can make it into a fascinating story.

Famous Cancer Creatives:

  • Frida Kahlo
  • Rembrandt
  • Meryl Streep

Gemini

(May 21-June 20)

Reasons Geminis are the best:

  1. They are very emotionally intelligent. They can read a room and adapt their personality depending on the mood.

  2. They are able to voice exactly what they need and can persuade others to their way of thinking.

  3. They are blessed with off-the-charts energy – and can always keep the party going!

Famous Gemini Creatives:

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Jeanne-Claude
  • Idina Menzel

Taurus

(April 20-May 20)

Reasons Tauruses are the best:

  1. They are resilient. Once a goal is set, it will get done.
  2. They are passionate and rulers of love.
  3. They are persistent and hardworking.

Famous Taurus Creatives:

  • Adele
  • Rami Malek
  • Salvador Dali

Aries

(March 21-April 19)

Reasons Aries are the best:

  1. They are fearless and spontaneous.
  2. They are extremely protective.
  3. They are optimistic and motivating.

Famous Aries Creatives:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Lady Gaga
  • Vincent Van Gogh

Pisces

(February 19-March 20)

Reasons Pisces are the best:

  1. They are intuitive and highly perceptive.
  2. They are adventurous and enjoy trying new things.
  3. They are very creative and artistic.

Famous Pisces Creatives:

  • Johnny Cash
  • Michelangelo
  • Will Eisner

Aquarius

(January 20-February 18)

Reasons Aquariuses are the best:

  1. They are great listeners.
  2. They are deeply intellectual.
  3. They are free-spirited and full of bright ideas.

Famous Aquarius Creatives:

  • Jackson Pollock
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Yoko Ono

Capricorn

(December 22-January 19)

Reasons Capricorns are the best:

  1. They are hardworking.
  2. They are logical and always organized.
  3. They are supportive and loyal.

Famous Capricorn Creatives:

  • Thomas Kinkade
  • Janis Joplin
  • Alexander Wang
13 Jul

Celebrating 5 Years: Lauren Fulp

When we realized that it was time to celebrate Lauren Fulp’s 5-year anniversary, we couldn’t believe it. Time truly is flying by! Professional Lauren is a super positive person to have around and is always willing to jump in and help the team. Personal Lauren is crafty, great at throwing birthday parties and completing house projects. We have loved having Lauren as a member of the Pepper family for 5 years, and we can’t wait to see what she does in the next 5 years. Congratulations on this amazing milestone, Lauren!


1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
The people. I have met so many amazing and caring people within 11P.

2. If you were a pepper, which pepper would you be and why?
Golden Bell Pepper… because I wouldn’t say I’m spicy and this is a more sweet and fruity pepper.

3. What is your favorite 11p event?
2019’s Christmas party was pretty epic. I had so much fun!

4. What is your favorite present ever received from 11p?
Disney by far! I’m grateful for the time I had with Matt and Maddie and hanging out with all of the Peppers!

5. What is your favorite 11p memory?
Disney! It was one of my favorite memories of all time for myself personally. Maddie had just turned 3 and it was so magical to see her so excited about every Disney princess.

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice:
Does this have to be a Pepper that is currently still here? Brittany literally just left – but she is definitely a Pepper I felt like I could depend on and who would let me vent when I needed help!

7. Name a Pepper whose work or work ethic inspires you:
Melissa London! I learned so much from her during our time on my first ever contract with 11P! She is such a boss and I miss working with her!

8. My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

Get to know Lauren a little bit better…

1. What is your favorite birthday party you’ve ever thrown?
Oh, this is such a tough one to answer! I think I really loved planning Scarlett’s 2nd airplane-themed birthday last year in October. She’s was/is obsessed with airplanes and still waves at them when we’re playing outside. So I made a lot of 3D paper airplanes from floral scrapbook paper and 3D clouds and hung them around our house. Painted model airplanes and bought little suitcases, silicone teacups to make cupcakes in. It was so sweet and girly! She loved it!

2. What is your ultimate dessert?
Ultimate dessert!? My favorite is cheesecake with fresh strawberries!

3. What is your favorite place to shop for farmhouse decor?
Hobby Lobby is where it’s at!!

4. What is one of the funniest things your daughter has ever said to you?
Scarlett has recently given us a hard time going to sleep at night and when she gets up in the middle of the night and we put her back to bed she will sometimes be a little upset and cry… but as she’s crying she’ll tell us “I’m not cwyin’” and it’s so cute and we laugh a little inside because she is obviously crying! Usually, a little hug and kiss and she’s good to go for another 2 hours of sleep.

5. If you had the time to open an Etsy shop, what crafts would you sell?
I think if I opened an Etsy shop, I would sell all the wedding things. Bridesmaid proposal boxes, bachelorette party décor and shirts, and wedding signage.

6. What house project are you most proud of?
I think my favorite house project has been the girls’ bedrooms (does this count?)… I love coming up with new ideas and I’ve changed up Maddie’s room about 3 times since we’ve been in our house. Scarlett’s room is still a sweet nursery… but since we switched her out to a big girl bed, the rearranging and flipping around a little will be coming soon.

7. If you could only watch one HGTV show for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh, Fixer Upper for sure! Although there aren’t any new episodes on HGTV… they are still my favorite! I love their sweet banter and Jo’s style is amazing especially as the show has progressed and her style has slowly transformed a bit more.

30 Jun

Pepper Talk with Scott Miller

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know Scott Miller. Just a little background before we get started, Scott is a Senior Designer and has been a Pepper for almost a year!


1. Do you have any nicknames?
Nope!

2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit snooze a few times then force myself to get out of bed and into the kitchen to make tea.

3. What is your favorite thing about working as a designer?
I get to learn about areas I find interesting – such as photography, color palettes, design history, textures, and layout.

4. How did you get started in this industry?
Lots of art classes and a lack of direction as a kid led me to design school.

5. What are your favorite methods or tools of the trade? What is the worst?
I guess my favorite would be Photoshop and a Mac. My least favorite would be a PC and any Microsoft software.

6. Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
A combination of questions, research, and sketching.

7. What do you draw inspiration from?
Behance, dribbble, Pinterest, Google, Paul Rand, and IBM are a few.

8. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no:  Yes.
Sweet or Savory: Milk chocolate, please.
Favorite Movie: Depends on my mood. I rewatched “The Paper” recently, that was good.
Favorite place to travel: I’m a big fan of Mountains, preferably ones with a few lakes.
Hobbies: Not so much. Maybe the occasional welding or woodworking class.

9: If you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
I wish I could have played a role in developing the IBM smarter planet ads.

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to meet Scott. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

 

24 May

Celebrating 5 Years: Kelsey Marotta

We are so appreciative of everything that Kelsey Marotta has accomplished in the past five years, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

When we asked Kelsey’s colleagues to describe her, here’s what they had to say. Kelsey is a born leader, an incredible designer, very humble and easygoing, extremely reliable, and a naturally helpful team player.

To commemorate Kelsey and all of her greatness, we interviewed her to create a personalized infographic highlighting what makes her so special! Keep scrolling to learn more.


1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Truly some of the best human beings to work with.

2. If you were a pepper, which pepper would you be and why?
Habanero—I’m small, but don’t underestimate me, I pack a punch.

3. What is your favorite 11p event?
The safari breakfast at Disney World.

4. What is your favorite present ever received from 11p?
The opportunity to design the 2016 holiday gift with donations to Meals on Wheels.

5. What is your favorite 11p memory?
Casino holiday party—bet it all, lost everything, and had a blast.

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice:
Audra Harvey and Rebecca Popka have been amazing co-collaborators.

7. Name a Pepper whose work or work ethic inspires you:
Ashley Mueller kicks some serious a$$.

8. My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

Get to know Kelsey a little bit better…

1. What is your all-time favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peanut Butter Oreo from Bmore Licks.

2. What was your favorite road trip you’ve ever taken?
This past summer my boyfriend and I drove to Cape May, NJ, and stayed at Congress Hall. It was the only opportunity we’d had to travel during the pandemic and it was so much fun to explore the town, eat great beach food and even squeeze in a few early AM runs.

3. What race are you most proud of?
My first race, the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K, in 2015. It was when I first knew I had found something that was going to take me on a new and very rewarding path.

4. What would you love most about living in a tiny home?
The lack of stuff. I find freedom in minimalism and I value both being able to see and use all of the items that I own.

5. What made you try triathlons in addition to marathons?
I was always fascinated by Ironman triathlons but kept saying I’d consider it “eventually.” After volunteering for a few of their events and having a small part in making other athlete’s dreams come true, I knew I wanted to make it happen for myself.

6. What part of the triathlon do you have to train for the most?
It’s a lot of hours in the pool, on the bike, and running, but by far the mental game is the most important aspect of training. Learning to tackle something big by chipping away at it one piece at a time is a mindset that I continue to practice and reinforce.

7. What is your favorite song that gets you pumped up during a marathon?
AC/DC’s Hells Bells was playing when I jumped in the water for Ironman—when I hear that song I’m immediately transported to the feeling of being stuffed in a wetsuit, nervous and excited for the day to unfold.

8. What do you love most about being a professor at UMD?
Watching it “click” for my students. Critiques can be painstaking, but when a student takes feedback, pushes themselves beyond what they think they’re capable of, and presents a stronger design, it’s a huge pay-off.

9. What is your favorite part about visiting Disney?
The Disney “magic.” I know, I know, it’s not a real thing, but they are so far ahead in their technology, marketing and branding, and creativity, it blows my designer mind. They don’t call it “Imagineering” for nothing!

10. Any secret hobbies or talents?
I’m very involved in music. I grew up playing the flute and singing. Two years ago I took up piano and currently take lessons, along with a wedding singer side hustle.

19 May

Pepper Talk with Christina Cumberland

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know Christina Cumberland. Just a little background before we get started, Christina is a Senior Instructional Designer and has been a Pepper for a little over a year!


1. Do you have any nicknames?
The majority of people just call me Christina but family and close friends call me Chris (I am very particular about who can call me this!). The tiny humans in my life call me Aunt Teeny.

2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Weekdays: I immediately get up and start getting ready (spoiler alert to my personal superpower). Two days a week I head to boot camp at 5:30 am before coming to work.

Weekends: I usually stay in bed scrolling social media and ask my husband what we’re going to get for breakfast/brunch.

3. What is your favorite thing about working as an instructional designer?
Coming up with creative ideas to effectively share content and then seeing my ideas come to life by our awesome designers.

4. How did you get started in this industry?
Well, I spent 12+ years as a 3rd-grade teacher, library media specialist, and resource teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. I was stuck in a rut and craving something new and exciting. My favorite thing about my job (my last few years) in public education was professional development/instructional design – that was unfortunately what I got to do the least, day-to-day. My pepper bestie, John Reid, put me in touch with Kristen…and here I am!

5. What are your favorite methods or tools of the trade? What is the worst?
I really enjoy using Storyline 3 and Camtasia for course development. The worst tool, in general, is the one that’s outdated and missing features/capabilities it should have.

6. Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
First, I get as much information as possible about the project from the customer, including necessary content, any vision they may have, timeframe, etc. Then, after some time to process it all, I’m a huge fan of “chicken scratching” out my thoughts and ideas before organizing and storyboarding.

7. What do you draw inspiration from?
Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, travel, clothing, colleagues, etc. I also find myself googling certain topics or keywords just to see what pops up – that often will spark new ideas!

8. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no:  I don’t need caffeine to function but I’m not opposed to a coffee, tea, or a soda every once in a while.
Sweet or Savory: Definitely savory.
Favorite Movie: Just Go With It or The Other Woman – I LOVE a good RomCom.
Favorite place to travel: My favorite places usually involve warm temperatures and a beach. I’d love to make it back to Hawaii again one day for another shark dive (image to the right taken by my husband with our GoPro)!
Hobbies: Crafting (making coasters and various things with my Cricut like stickers and tanks/t-shirts), Peloton & Bootcamp classes, traveling/weekend getaways, visiting breweries (I’m a big fan of craft beer), and I’m also known to watch a decent amount of Reality-TV.

9: Okay, admission time…what do you think is the most important best practice when it comes to instructional design?
Find ways to make the content interesting and engaging for learners but don’t overdo it with interactivity/bells and whistles. Sometimes simple and straightforward is the best approach to communicate the information.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to meet Christina. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

 

08 Apr

Pepper Talk with Victoria Stone

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know Victoria Stone, one of our usability engineers who has been with us for 1.5 years.


1. Do you have any nicknames?
Vic
MaTwo (Privileged for my daughter Scarlett only)

2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I head to the kitchen thinking of things I’m grateful for. Then feed the dog, feed the cat, feed the fish, and then I pour myself a coffee.

3. What is your favorite thing about working as a usability engineer?
As a usability engineer, I feel like that it gives me the best of both worlds, logic and creativity, system and functionality. It’s like bridging two different worlds together.

4. How did you get started in this industry?
After 12 years in retail – In 2007, I started as a contractor for the US Navy at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD as an Administrative Assistant level I. In 2011, I was able to relocate and take a job that elevated my clearance level here near Ft. Meade. I have had many years of ‘jobs’ that eventually lead me to my ‘career’ in UI/IX. I look at my work history and am still amazed that I have had such an opportunity.

5. What are your favorite methods or tools of the trade? What is the worst?
I’m still learning toolsets, but I do greatly enjoy Adobe XD. The worst are the complicated ones that I curse at (ie. Photoshop and Illustrator). They are just super complex for the average user, still working on becoming a proficient user.

6. Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?

  • Determine as many requirements as possible.
  • List out Must-haves, Like-to-haves and I’m Dreamin’, but…
  • Check out competitors or similar industries/projects.
  • Sketch by hand with pencil/paper or whiteboard.
  • Review early and often with the client.


7. What do you draw inspiration from?
Minimalism and functional white space, the industry/environment influence, and nature.

8. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no:  Heck yes! Coffee AND Tea.
Sweet or Savory: Savory.
Favorite Movie:  A League of Their Own & GI Jane is tied.
Favorite place to travel: Big Energy Vortexes of Sedona, AZ. I like to hike National State Parks. I also need to see the world, it’s such a big place with beautiful places to explore.
Hobbies: CREW Rowing with Annapolis Rowing Club, Cycling Metric Centuries, REIKI and Mediation, Tarot Reading, International travel, creating metal sculpture, gardening, and painting/drawing/charcoals.

9: Okay, admission time…what is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to website user experience?
Making the user THINK (haha) about where am I, what am I supposed to do next, and how do I do that?  Just this weekend, I open Amazon on my (Android) phone, and I instinctively look for the header menu to check my orders. I felt lost and like I was doing something wrong.

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to meet Victoria. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

 

18 Mar

Celebrating 5 Years: Deb Williams

Five whole years have passed since the fabulous Deb Williams joined our Pepper family – and boy has it been an amazing journey.

Since day one, Deb has been an integral part of the team, helping with everything under the sun from proposals, to strategy and process, to leading teams and projects, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work she has put in. She loves learning new things and tackles every challenge in front of her. Last year, Deb was promoted to Creative Director and in her new role, she has continued to lead teams and projects with excellence.

To celebrate all of her greatness, we interviewed Deb and created an infographic especially for her! Keep scrolling to learn more.


1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Collaborating with so many talented, passionate people.

2. If you were a pepper, what type would you be and why?
Rainbow pepper because they are multi-colored and inspire creativity.

3. What is your favorite 11p event?
The casino-themed holiday party at the Hotel Revival in Baltimore.

4. What is your favorite present ever received from 11p?
A necklace with the names of my kids engraved on it (for Mother’s Day).

5. What is your favorite 11p memory?
The amazing Disney trip!

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice:
Theresa Santelli – she’s a great listener and provides invaluable advice.

7. Name a Pepper whose work ethic inspires you:
Kristen Price – she’s always positive, patient, thoughtful, and eager to lend a helping hand.

8. My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame 
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

Get to know Deb a little bit better…

1. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever gone hiking?
A coastal town in Southern Italy called Sorrento.

2. What is your favorite part about being a mom?
Watching my kids grow into confident, successful adults.

3. If you could live in any beach town, where would you live?
Duck, NC (in the Outer Banks).

4. What is your favorite and least favorite part of planning a wedding?
My favorite part is seeing the bride say “yes” to the dress. My least favorite part is figuring out the guest list.

5. Do you have any favorite family traditions?
Every year on Christmas Day we stay in our pajamas all day. It’s our day to spend time together without any schedules or set plans.

6. Where is your preferred place to get a caffeinated beverage?
I love any and all coffee shops – my favorite is a place near our new house called Bada Bean Coffee House.

7. Have you made any cool crafts or done any cool house projects lately?
We recently bought a house on Kent Island had a lot of fun remodeling it with a coastal theme.

8. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’ve lived in six states: New York, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

09 Mar

Pepper Talk with Maricel Savage

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know Maricel Savage, one of our talented designers who has been with us for 1.5 years.


1. Do you have any nicknames?
My close friends and family call me Mar. My husband calls me Marbee and another nickname we got from watching an old episode of “Lost.” I have a childhood Filipino nickname that I also will not disclose.

 

2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Workout and then meditate…sometimes I have to take a 10-minute nap because I get sleepy from meditating. Lol!

 

3. What is your favorite thing about working as a designer?
I love the challenge of taking a complex message and coming up with the best strategic, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing way to communicate it, to visually tell the client’s story.

 

4. How did you get started in this industry?
I was always creative and loved to draw and paint when I was little. As I got older, I found I could incorporate my creativity into a career when I studied Visual Communication Design at Villa Julie College, which is now Stevenson University. After I graduated, I learned so much from my first design job at a communications firm. One day, I could be designing billboards and coding websites, while the next I could be storyboarding commercials, writing radio copy, or helping with animations and video production. It was a great learning experience and I loved just being a sponge, soaking it all in!

 

5. What are your favorite tools of the trade? What is the worst?
Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are a must! I hate PowerPoint.

 

6. Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
After getting all specs and information from a client, I like to immerse myself in research. I like to see who my clients’ competitors are, what the target audience is already exposed to in the market. I gather textures, colors, imagery, quotes, and brainstorm words that evoke specific feelings into mood boards. After all of that, I’ll start sketching and begin the design concept process.

 

7. What do you draw inspiration from?
My family and friends, Pinterest, fashion, textures, patterns, nature, meditation.

 

8. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no:  No, but I probably should!
Sweet or Savory: Both!
Favorite Movie:  Ahh! Too many!
Favorite place to travel: Mexico, San Francisco and Chicago.
Hobbies: Reading, crafting, yoga, and Netflix. 😀

9: Okay, admission time…if you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
There are so many I wish I would’ve come up with! Right now, I would have to say it’s the Care Icon.

 

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to meet Maricel. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

 

16 Feb

Pepper Talk with Jaymie Hebb

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know Jaymie Hebb, one of our talented UX engineers who has been with us for 1.5 years.


1. Do you have any nicknames?
Jay, James, Wheels – well, not anymore, but when I was fast.  Lol!

 

2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Do a quick mental review of who needs to be where when for the day.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about working as a UX engineer?
I love that I am both presented with and have the ability to create challenges to solve on the daily.  It allows me to flex my creative side, yet use my analytical strengths as well.

 

4. How did you get started in this industry?
Well, my degree is in advertising, but the tale of what happened between graduation and where I am now is long, twisted, and best told over beer.

 

5. What are your favorite tools of the trade? What are the worst?
Axure is my go to for prototyping.  It’s not perfect, but given our environment, it gets the job done.  Confluence is not my friend, but a necessary evil.

 

6. Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
I need to understand the why behind things.  So I ask a ton of questions and try to uncover as many scenarios as possible, even if they’re outlandish.

 

7. What do you draw inspiration from?
Everything. I’m a people watcher and take in everything about my surroundings.

 

8. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no:  Yes but not coffee.
Sweet or Savory: Savory
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite place to travel: I can’t pick just one. I’ve been a lot of places and many hold special meaning for different reasons.
Hobbies: Coaching, crafting, softball, ministering to kids

9: Okay, admission time…if you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
Pinterest. The ease of organizing whims into categories for later reference satisfies my creative and organizational heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thanks for taking the time to meet Jaymie. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

10 Feb

Spread Love and Give Thanks!

Valentine’s Day isn’t all romance…. What would we do without our coworkers, Zoommates, virtual besties, childcare providers, teachers, delivery workers or doctors?

To show some love for these wonderful people in your life, we’ve created some fun cards you can download and share.

After clicking the download button, right click and select “Save Image As…” to save to your device.

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