Saturday, July 15, 2017

greetings from mke with sydney michuda

Greetings from MKE is proud to introduce you to our designer for the month of July: Sydney Michuda!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am a Milwaukee-based designer with a love for letters, illustration, brandy old fashioneds, and our wonderful Wisconsin city. Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to be an artist of some kind, and when I found graphic design, I knew it was the path for me. I’ve spent the past 3 years in the professional creative community and have learned something new every step of the way. Although, I still spend a lot of my free time working on personal design projects, trying to expand my skills. When I’m not designing, I can be found crafting to my heart’s content, exploring new local restaurants with friends, and listening to any and all true crime podcasts while running through the city.

What or who is the inspiration behind your work?
I’m a visual junkie so I’m constantly on the lookout for new ideas, whether it’s through walks around town or scouring Instagram and Pinterest. I’m always trying to collect as many thoughts as possible. Although, nothing beats finding inspiration by sitting down with a cup of coffee, plugging in, and brainstorming new possibilities. 

What are your favorite places and restaurants around Milwaukee?
I’ve lived in Milwaukee for about 3 years now and I love finding all the amazing hidden gems our city has to offer. Some of my favorite restaurants/bars include Braise, CafĂ© Corazon, Company Brewing, Vanguard, and Boone & Crocket. Beyond that, you’ll find me running on the Oak Leaf Trail, attending as many summer festivals as possible, working in coffee shops, and grabbing drinks with friends around town.

What advice would you give to others just starting out in the art/design field?
Stay hungry. The job market can be tough but never let that stop you. If you can’t find a job doing exactly what you want, do it in your free time, and it’ll pay off. Always push yourself to try new skills, styles, and crafts, because you never know what will stick and could lead to a new future. Giving yourself personal projects and goals can’t hurt either.

What, to you, makes Milwaukee/Wisconsin feel like home?
To me, what makes Milwaukee feel like home is the local small town feel combined with the big city vibes. I love that our city feels like a familiar community but there’s always something new to discover. I also feel at home when surrounded by interesting, creative people and Milwaukee’s current class of makers, musicians, and entrepreneurs make me proud to live here.

What is your favorite part about Broadway Paper?
My favorite part about Broadway Paper is the huge selection. I’m a very slow shopper and really like to browse, so having so many beautiful options to choose from is amazing. Plus I love being able to choose from local artists alongside national brands.

Stop in to Broadway Paper to pick up her awesome Milwaukee Vibes card today!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017-18 planners are here!

It’s that time of year again! Maybe school starting is lurking around the corner or your work calendar is seeing the last of its days. For us here at Broadway Paper, the written word has a way of sticking with us versus trying to keep our phone calendars up to date.

We introduce to you our 2017-2018 planners and agendas! From holographic covers to color interior quotes, your days of planning will never be boring. Here is a peek into just a few of the planners we have in stock: 

Let’s write a beautiful future.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Greetings from MKE with Madyson Brady

For those of you who have been waiting in anticipation, the day is finally here. Greetings from MKE is excited to announce our first featured artist and designer, Madyson Brady! 

 Madyson's greeting card will be sold in store for a limited time. Get yours before they're gone!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I grew up in Naperville, Illinois as one of a set of triplets (no, we aren’t identical, and yes I’m the only artsy one!)  I realized from a young age that I am always the happiest when I’m creating and sketching. Since then, I haven't stopped exploring the wonderful world of art. I am finishing up my degree at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design to study Communication Design, Illustration, and Art History.

When I’m not working on projects, you can find me sailing, reading, walking around an art museum, window shopping, spending time with my two dogs that are named after Star Wars characters, and exploring Milwaukee.

What or who is the inspiration behind your work?
When I was younger I was obsessed with old photographs; I used to spend hours at a time photoshopping and restoring or making collages all of these old family pictures. I was and am still interested in all of the ways of life, fashion styles , and even signage that I would see in these old pictures. As a result, my style is very much vintage inspired as I continue to let the past inspire my future projects.

I’ve always been amazed by hand-lettering artists and how through typography there can be so much variation in style.  Artists like Lauren Hom, Mary Kate McDevitt, Jessica Hische, and Whitney Anderson (a local Milwaukee designer) have all been great inspirations to me.

What are your favorite places and restaurants around Milwaukee?
I’ve only been here for two years and have loved getting to know Milwaukee, but I know there is so much to explore in this city. I am always wandering around the Third Ward, whether I’m in the Public Market, grabbing a cup of coffee, or just people watching, it’s one of my favorite areas. I also really like the Lower East Side, The Waxwing, an artist consignment shop is one of my favorite places to go. It’s so eclectic, and I love that they are trying to introduce local artists to the public too.

There is so much good food in Milwaukee! Some of my favorite restaurants are: 

What advice would you give to others just starting out in the art/design field?
Now that I’m finishing college I have two pieces of advice:

Never limit yourself. You may find your niche, style, or area within the field that you want to go into, but don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of those limits. Try a little bit of everything, a new method, medium, anything! By pushing yourself to try new things and new processes you are not only able to appreciate the way others work but perhaps incorporate a new method of creating into your process.

Never be afraid to ask questions and don’t assume that you know everything. If you don’t know how to do something, find someone who does! If you don’t know who to ask, make other connections, and maybe they know someone who can help you out. In Milwaukee, there are such strong networks of creative individuals who are all willing to pass on a little wisdom to the next person.

What, to you, makes Milwaukee/Wisconsin feel like home?
I think what makes this city feel like home is how much Milwaukeeans embrace their community. Whether it’s visiting gallery nights, supporting small businesses, or visiting all of the festivals that happen throughout the year, people just love this city. There is a lot of pride here, and it’s been an incredible experience seeing how Milwaukeeans embraces the arts and their unique cultures. It’s something that I haven’t experienced before.

What is your favorite part about Broadway Paper?
It’s impossible to choose! I really enjoy the variety of styles and products in the store. It’s endless inspiration. If I had to pick one thing, I love all the different printed papers. It makes great wrapping paper or posters to decorate my apartment. 

Thanks, Madyson!
For more of Madyson's awesome work, check out her webpage at: