Black Friday and Cyber Monday really got us in the spirit of shopping. If you are still searching for the perfect gift for the creative person in your life, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of 11 unique gifts that they’ll love! Check them out below!
We’re getting close to rounding out 2020 – but not before we celebrate a very special 5 Year Pepperversary for John Reid!
John is a very detailed-oriented designer that loves to go off-roading in his Jeep, watch sports, and eat pizza! Known for his great sense of style, you’ll always see John looking sharp.
To learn more about John, keep scrolling to read our special interview and infographic!
1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Being in a small company and having a more personal atmosphere. You can get lost and overlooked in a larger company.
2. If you were a pepper, what type would you be and why?
Habanero. It’s not just spicy, it adds to the overall flavor.
3. What is your favorite 11p event?
The holiday party is always a good time. Get to catch up with everyone and the venues have been great.
4. What is your favorite present ever received from 11p?
5. What is your favorite 11p memory?
D I S N E Y W O R L D
6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice:
Peppercorn (black pepper). I mean it’s solid, dependable, and you can use it on everything – chips, fries, steaks, burgers, chicken… Alright but seriously, Christina Cumberland. I mean, we have been friends for 15 years. Also solid and dependable.
7. Name a Pepper whose work ethic inspires you:
Melissa London. As inspiring as her tremendous talent is, she doesn’t rely on that to get her by. She always puts in an equally inspiring level of management and effort.
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 John a little bit better…
1. Where is the coolest place you’ve ever gone off-roading in your Jeep?
Rausch Creek, Pennsylvania. It’s really the only place I’ve taken it but it is a 3,000 acre park.
2. If you could only play one video game for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Destiny 2. This is kind of a cheat answer though because they just keep updating and expanding the same game.
3. Who is the most epic band or singer you’ve seen live?
I can’t just name one. I’ve seen Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Twenty One Pilots (x3), ODESZA (x3), Childish Gambino (x2), and Linkin Park to name a few. They were all epic for their own reasons.
4. Let’s pretend you’re a ML baseball player…What is your up-to-bat song?
Ruff Ryders Anthem (hoping it’s for the O’s)
5. What’s the coolest thing you’ve made by hand?
I made a mandala of Walt Disney when I attended college. I’ve also made a few cool Maryland signs.
6. We hear you like pizza…Where is your local go-to?
Mamma Roma’s. It’s literally the closest pizza place to my house.
7. Any secret talents or hobbies we don’t know about?
I’ve been told that I have a knack for impromptu arrangement of charcuterie boards. I also like to collect refrigerator magnets from places I travel to.
8. What’s your favorite sports team?
Orioles, Ravens, Caps, Terps.
9. If you could switch lives with anyone, who would it be?
Any professional golfer. They play golf for a living and get to travel around.
The 11p commercial team is always up for a challenge. We feel very comfortable designing custom illustrations and icons, but we’re always thinking… “How can we take it a step farther?” How about three-dimensional illustrations with motion?
We love the tactile quality of working with paper and the opportunity to bring designs off the computer and get physical! We also value the addition of motion to our work. Even the simplest animation can add a considerable amount of life and energy to an illustration. Check out this article by Hoodzpah Design for more on that.
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we saw this as the perfect holiday to experiment with these concepts. Below is a behind-the-scenes view of the process we followed to create our Thanksgiving social media posts. Since this is our first project using these methods, there are lots of lessons-learned, but we hope you enjoy the playfulness and energy of the final product. It combines all of the items that bring happiness during a spicy Maryland Thanksgiving (some of us root for teams other than the Ravens and that’s OK 😉 ). Happy Thanksgiving!
We took inspiration from one of the most treasured Thanksgiving Day traditions – The Macy’s parade!
Final Vector Layout
Behind-the-Scenes During Shoot Day
We used a Cricut machine to cut most of the float shapes and then added fold lines to create extra depth.
Some Detail Shots
Final Static Image
Bring on sweater weather, football Sunday’s and pumpkin-flavored everything. It’s fall and we are feeling festive with our newest wallpaper design. Below you can find downloads sized for desktop, Zoom or mobile.
After clicking the button with the size you want, right click and select “Save Image As…” to save to your device.
We’re diving in deep to get to know Rebecca Popka for this month’s Pepper Talk!
Just a little background before we get started, Rebecca works as a Senior UX Designer supporting an application for the government. She’s been with Eleven Peppers for 6.5 years.
We’re diving in deep to get to know Melanie Benton for this month’s Pepper Talk!
Just a little background before we get started, Melanie works on The Commercial Team as a Senior Designer. She’s been with Eleven Peppers for a year and a half, and absolutely loves collaborating with her team, clients and other creatives in the industry!
And just like that… Kate Coates has officially been a Pepper for 5 years!
Kate is a master of all trades – from renovating her 1908 home, to raising her little boy, teaching at UMBC and participating in dog competitions with her Silken Windhound, Izze – she can do it all!
Kate is an extremely detail-oriented designer, keeps very cool under pressure and is known to her coworkers as the logo queen! She is very low key, humble, and easy going.
To learn more about Kate, keep scrolling to read our special interview and infographic!