The story behind our office building: J. Milton Turner School

We are proud to have our St. Louis office located in a building that has played an important role in American history and local St. Louis history as well.

Originally called the Meacham Park School, the J. Milton Turner school was named so in 1932. The building was opened in 1924 to address the inadequate educational resources for black students in the area and then expanded in 1937. With the New Deal in 1933, the school gained new sources of funding for growth. It eventually was brought to its current size in 1948. In 1950, Kirkwood parents filed a suit, along with many others across the country, to desegregate schools, which eventually lead to the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954.

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J. Milton Turner was a former slave, abolitionist, civil rights and black education advocate. He was appointed Ambassador to Liberia in 1871 by Ulysses S. Grant, and while working for the Missouri Department of Education, he founded over thirty new schools for African Americans and helped establish Lincoln Institute (now Lincoln University).

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000, and was converted into office space named after J. Milton Turner in 2008. Today, the building houses many businesses and remembers the lives of the students and teachers of the school. Photographs and artifacts of the building are preserved in cases in the first floor hallway for public view and plaques tell a bit about the building’s history. We are proud to have Anda Creative located in such a historically significant spot.

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For more information, you can check out the building’s website, come by for a tour, or watch a short documentary about the building’s history and revitalization:

http://turnerbuilding.com/historyofjmt.htm 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs6jFLZU4rs

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Anda’s Stock Photo Calendar Series: February

The second installment/month in our best worst calendar ever made, including some of our actual stock image searches and descriptions: “Children fashion farmer girl holding hen in retro vintage background.”

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Let’s Stroll!

We recently collaborated with NYC-based Baby Roues® to help rebrand their baby stroller business. We developed a logo and a stand-alone icon to reinforce two prominent features of their high quality, fashionable line of strollers: lightweight and comfortable. 

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Anda’s Stock Photo Calendar Series: January

Amanda created this calendar as a holiday gift to Miranda using some of our best stock photo image searches of 2014, including the actual image descriptions. It’s the best worst calendar ever made, so that means we’ll be revealing a fantastic stock image page each month. Enjoy.

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We’ve moved!

After lots of elbow grease and help from our staff, friends and family, we’re finally up and running at full creative capacity in our new office space. We’re in the same great building, but have moved to a new suite. Stop by to visit any time! Well, any time MondayFriday, non-holidays, between the hours of 9am – 5pm. OK, better call first. Well, call any time MondayFriday, non-holidays, between the hours of 9am – 5pm. We hope to see or chat with you soon! 

Anda Creative
1099 Milwaukee St., Suite 120
St. Louis, MO 63122
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ACRES U.S.A. Ecological Farming Conference

We’re back in the office after spending several days surrounded by the dedicated, inspiring and innovative people at the ACRES U.S.A. ecological farming conference in Columbus, OH. Our Back Forty Creative division of Anda Creative continues to produce great visual communications for responsible farming, food and lifestyle businesses. Next Back Forty stop: NOFA-NY in January!

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Fashion Footwear Association New York 2014

The FFANY show is in full swing, and Dynasty Footwear’s showrooms are cooler than ever!* We recently teamed up with Dynasty to help with brand development (logo, shoe boxes, display crates, signage, etc.) for the new winter-inspired shoes and boots called Calistoga.
*The weather outside is cool, but feet stay warm and cozy in Calistoga shoes and boots. Just follow the brr…bear.
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Staying in Creative Shape — Ditch your Designer’s Block

1. Take a step back.

This is an easy one: make sure you take breaks from your work, especially if you work at a computer a lot. If you’re stuck, continuing to stare at a blank art board won’t help. Do some jumping jacks, walk around the block, look at a magazine; taking your mind off of what you’re stuck on can help tremendously. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.

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2. Do some research.

Since we’re at our computers so much, finding inspiration often comes from things we find online. But there are so many other resources available. Art and design has a vast and fascinating history, which you can find all around us: books, architecture, signage, sculpture, etc. Check out your library, local museums, your town’s historical buildings, antiques shops, local art shows: you might be surprised at what you find!

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3. Don’t edit yourself.

Sometimes a project can seem overwhelming when you’re in the brainstorming stage: how do you know which concepts are worth keeping? Sometimes it’s not immediately obvious. Give your ideas a chance, sometimes others can see something brilliant in a concept you think is silly. It’s tough to get out of your own thoughts and get away from the voice in your head telling you to question yourself. Take as many of your ideas as possible to the next level, you never know what path your thoughts can take you.

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November is Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month!

In celebration, all of our work will be designed using peanut butter this month.
 
Here are some useful facts to impress your friends while attending numerous peanut butter parties. All but one is completely true:
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 94 percent of US households.
  • Peanut butter is used as the brick mortar in our office. 

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Source: http://nationalpeanutboard.org/the-facts/fun-facts/

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