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Indy Writes Erotica

A few months ago, Indy Reads had a open call for ideas that used literature to create innovative civic arts and humanities experiences.

I had an idea that I never got around to submitting / developing but I wanted to share it in the hope of inspiring some creative social justice in Indianapolis / service-oriented sluts.

Let me know if you like it, hate it or (hopefully) steal it.

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Accessibility and Access in Indianapolis

In 1962, Indianapolis was having an identity crisis. It saw itself as a progressive metropolis but the current city flag didn’t reflect that vision. Plus the city was growing and changing in new and exciting ways.So it was out this situation that the city saw the need to create a new flag. They needed a new identity or symbol around which the city could reunite.

So the Greater Indianapolis Information Committee held a design competition to find a new flag and a new identity. And out of the 200 submissions they received, one stood out, Roger Gohl’s – his design was modern, elegant and patriotic. It symbolized the monument circle, while giving a nod to Indy’s title as the “Crossroads of America” and became the flag we know and love today.

The Soul of a City

>In The Spirit of Cities, Daniel A. Bell and Avner de-Shalit wrote that “the design and architecture of a city reflects its social and cultural values.”

So when Indianapolis decided to rebrand its flag, it was effectively rebranding itself as a city. And by picking Roger’s flag, a design that was modern, beautiful (it’s ranked as one of the top 50 city flags in the country) and timeless, Indianapolis was saying “we are modern, beautiful and timeless.”

Indianapolis was also saying something important about how it values talent, access and opportunity.

Barely Legal

What’s really interesting about this is that Roger was only 18 years old at the time he designed it. The city was willing to get behind his idea because it cared more about the quality of his work than his age.

And even though 50 years have passed since the flag first flew at the City-County Building, Indianapolis has still remained a city of access and opportunity. Since I’ve moved here, I have seen the city nurture and develop many creative entrepreneurs by getting behind their ideas.

It’s because of our city’s climate that Max Yoder was able to bootstrap his startup a few years after college. It’s why artists like Michael Runge from Know No Stranger and Pattern’s Polina Osherov have been able to build creative communities. It’s why we have a Cultural Trail.


Indianapolis is a city that supports the development and growth of new ideas and talent. Here, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an 18-year-old art student with a radical new flag design or a passionate photographer trying to build a community of creative, if you’re willing to work hard, this city will get behind your idea.

And that’s one of the things I love most about Indianapolis.
5×5 – Access in Action.

You can see opportunity and access in action tonight at IndyHub’s 5×5 event.

IndyHub, in partnership with several non-profits and arts organizations, will be giving away $10,000 to an innovative new idea that celebrates our city’s history and looks forward to our future.

Along with Indy Reads, Irvington Terrace Neighborhood, the Harrison Center and Mosaic City, I’ll also be presenting a pitch for Indy Full Circle (link here:, a project to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Roger Gohl and his role in our city’s history.

You can rsvp for 5×5 here (link here:×5).

Roger Gohl: the Father of Indianapolis’ Flag

In 1963, Indianapolis was a city in need of a new identity and flag. The current flag was dowdy, slightly confederate-y (see below) and didn’t represent the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s vision for the city.

So they held a design competition to find a new flag. And out of the 72 submissions they received, one stood out, Roger Gohl’s – a minimal, beautiful design full of meaningful symbolism. Continue Reading →

What I Learned: Paul Miller, Photographer

Paul Miller is a talented photographer in Indianapolis and a good friend. We first worked together in 2006, when he helped me shoot promo pics for an event marketing company I helped start. As I’ve started doing more production work, we’ve collaborated on Continue Reading →

4HourProject: iPad Sleeve!

My latest 4HourProject isn’t like anything I’ve ever done before. In the sense that it’s actually useful. I made an iPad sleeve on Sunday using a pattern by a local company called Pattern Patti.

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What I Learned: Catching Up with CODO

CODO is a identity firm in indianapolis built by Isaac Arthur and Cody Fague, two talented, affable chaps who are passionate about design, beer and creating unique identities (not necessarily in that order). They are the brains and heart behind some of my (and likely your) favorite identities in Indy, The Libertine, Tomlinson Tap Room and Pogue’s Run.

I sat down with them (an embarrassingly long time ago) to learn more about what they do and what exactly “hands-on branding” entails.

Here’s what I learned from CODO:

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Slothpop calls it quits!

I heard a rumor that Slothpop was calling it quits last week. I was crushed. To make things worse, it was just after I had spent an evening enjoying Slothpop’s lead singer/writer Ko performing with the Indianapolis Symphony.

It’s a real shame. Slothpop was easily one of Indy’s most accesible and amazing bands.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow Though

Know No Stranger (and a handful of my favorite local videographers/photographers) put together a video from their last show – an epic end to the Slothpop era. It’s a video of my favorite song, “One,” a bouncy major key celebration of love (or something) with a bouncing bassline and driving disco beat, splashes of violin and many, many glorious harmonies.


What do you think?