Friday, February 27, 2009

Young Friends of Art: Hallmark Art Collection

Young Friends of Art comes to Hallmark:

One of my favorite places in Kansas City is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and like most Museums, the Atkins lives on memberships support. One membership group is called Young Friends of Art. It's a great group to meet young adults in the area, have fun and support the arts and culture community here in our city. They meet on the second Friday of every month for drink specials, free appetizers, socializing, and appreciating art around Kansas City.

The group conducts fund raisers that help raise money for the Museum's education programs. I was excited to hear about their next event coming up next month...The Young Friends of Art will go on a Tour of Hallmark's Fine Art Collection!

The Tour is open to members ($20) and nonmembers ($25). The Hallmark Fine Art Collection began in 1949 and includes major works by Andy Warhol, Picasso, Edward Hopper, Toulouse-Lautrec, Norman Rockwell, Charles Sheeler, Jack Youngerman (and many many others!). The tour is then followed by a cocktail reception!

I think one of my favorite's from the Fine Art Collection is the Takashi Murakami print in the Rice Center. What I find amazing, is the fact that they're just hanging all over the campus! This event sounds awesome, and can't wait to go on the tour. I'll blog more about it after!

Friday, February 20, 2009

KC is UnbeWEAVEable

Happy Friday! Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Peru. Vancouver. Riviera Nayrit. Vilnius, Lithuania..... Kansas City?

That's right! Kansas City was rated one of USA Today's Five Destinations to Watch in 2009. Here's what they had to say...

Never considered Kansas City as a vacation destination before? Over the past few years, the city has been working hard to make itself a destination worth the trip. And the effort is paying off big time during 2009...

Read the entire article by clicking >> here <<

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Kansas City Love

This is a wonderful little video I found on youtube (I actually found it while researching the city before I moved here), with a lot of great photos of Kansas City.

Check out for more photographs of the KC metro!

I like the song in the video too :]

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hallmark Asks...

What would you say to your Valentine?

To get your Valentine a recordable card with music, or another special gift, check out our Valentine's Day products here. Happy Valentine's Day, friends!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New on "Hallmarkers Who Blog" List

It seems that every day I meet a new fab Hallmarker... Dave M. is one of those people.

I have been in the Licensing Design Studio since September, and am getting to know more about my talented, funny, sincere, and diverse team here, of which Dave is a big part of. A 2008 Reuben Award Winner, illustrator, and designer for Hallmark, I can always count on him for a smile, a little-known fact, a silly story, or a great joke.

All joking aside, Dave is a great guy and his blog has some wonderful product, inspiration, and laughs -- check out his blog under "Hallmarkers Who Blog." Also, check out his People Page on Hallmark's PR site.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Why I love my job #1086:

Because my boss cooks me breakfast.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hallmark Internships make Top 10 List

Our internship program was recognized by as one of the top 10 "most unusual" internship programs.

Hmmm... "most unusual" is a compliment, right?

YES! Keep in mind the diversity of internships we offer.... from engineering to design.

The criteria used to select which companies made the's Top 10 Internships list was:

Pay and perks
Because so many internships are unpaid, compensation definitely makes a difference. That doesn’t just mean cash, though: positions that offer interns housing, transportation and access to exclusive events are a huge plus as well.

On the job
The more engaging hands-on work and mentorship opportunities a program offers, the better. So when picking the Top 10 candidates, we choose positions that will enable interns to take their experience out into the postgraduate world by giving them a taste of full-time experience as well as networking opportunities.

Looking forward
Internships are meant to prepare students and recent grads for the future, whether by allowing them to try out different industries or narrow their focus to one. Job placement—the offer rate to interns for full-time jobs—was a factor. Also important: what we call “resume radiance,” a line on the resume that will impress future employers. A big name on your resume can propel you forward in any industry.

So to make the "Most Unusual" list the looked at what internships offered unique experiences to their participants that couldn't be found anywhere else, while still maintaining the quality of pay, perks, on-the-job experience and job placement, etc. that they expect from all of their top 10 internships.

YAY! We're unusual -- and not in that creepy neighbor sort of way!

Click HERE for the full list of all those honored.

And I guess sometimes our interns could be considered "unusual..."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A5 // Design Awards Gala and Exhibition // EVENT RECAP

Thanks to a huge number of submissions, a talented panel of judges, the AIGA KC board, a passionate group of volunteers, some generous sponsors, and the entire design community of Kansas City, the A5 Design Awards Gala and Exhibition was a smashing success. What a great night to celebrate design and Kansas City! Below are some images from the event. To see more event photos and take a behind-the-scenes peek at event preparations, check out AIGA KC's photostream on Flickr.