Celebrating 10 years of the Wildish Theater

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Working with Dan Egan at the Richard E. Wildish Theater, aka the Wildish Theater, has a familiar feel as he was my boss at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce a few years ago. A dedicated Springfield citizen, art supporter and musician, his focus on keeping the theater a “jewel” in the City of Springfield. Often a regular at the Wildish myself, I appreciate the architecture by renowned architect, Otto Poticha. He devised an ingenious design for the limited available space. With 283 seats in stadium seating, there is truly not a bad seat in the house. The excellent acoustics and flexible stage showcase a wide array of activities. I photograph for one of the resident companies, Chamber Music Amici and have photographed the theater itself. I was honored when Dan asked me to be a part of the 10 Year Anniversary Event with helping out with the design and event planning.


Springfield Arts Commission Public Art Brochure

I was asked by the Springfield Arts Commission to photograph, design and write a brochure for the downtown murals and sculpture that the Commission helped to procure. I also developed a route for the self-guided tour and mapped it in an easy to navigate path that made a loop of the downtown area including riding Lane Transit District‘s Emx bus route as many sculptures are located at LTD stations.

Included in the brochure are also the Indoor Cultural & Arts Exhibits such as City Hall Gallery, Springfield Public Library, Springfield Depot, Springfield Museum, Emerald Art Center and the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater.

Click the links below for two versions of the brochure. The first one is the Tabloid size brochure that is commercial print ready, the second is a version that prints as 4 letter size pages.

Download 11×17 2 page brochure
Download a 4 page letter brochure

Side note:

I drew the “Springfield” logo from this historical photo of City Hall. I skewed it in photoshop to be flat and adjusted some letter spacing as I felt the “S” was a bit too far away front he other letters.


More items including the “Springfield” hand lettered type:

Street banner:Artwalk Banner

Past posters for the Downtown Springfield 2nd Friday Art walk:



Long before I read Gary Vaynerchuk‘s Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion in 2009, I had already purchased the url for Mikayle.com. Gary’s list held very true then and still holds up today. (see list below).

I’ll be transitioning this blog to Mikayle.com once I am happy with where this site is going. But for now, you can visit the “vintage” site designed back in 2008 with some slight revisions made since then. I was inspired by Zen Habits author,  Leo Babauta, and his journey into freelancing back in January of 2008 when I had made the same move. I had worked for a local design agency for over 17 years at that point and was ready to have a more flexible schedule to focus on my family, expanding work with non profits also know as Cause Marketing,  as well as this thing called “New Media”. You’ll see my list of clients back then consisted of schools, non-profit agencies and some small local businesses.

After a divorce in 2012 and working at some interesting jobs such as a Community Relations Director, Business Development Manager and most recently as a Production Coordinator/In-house Designer and Marketer, I am ready to pick up where I left off in 2011. My new website

Appendix A of Crush It!, 2009

1. Identify your passion.
2. Make sure you can think of at least fifty awesome blog topics to ensure stickiness.
3. Answer the following questions:
– Am I sure my passion is what I think it is?
– Can I talk about it better than anyone else?
4. Name your personal brand. You don’t have to refer to it anywhere in your content, but you should have a clear idea of what it is. For example, “The no-bs real-estate agent,” “The connoisseur of cookware,” “The cool guide to young-adult books boys will love to read.”
5. Buy your username–.com and .tv, if possible–at GoDaddy.com.
6. Choose your medium: video, audio, written word.
7. Start a WordPress[sic] or Tumblr account.
8. Hire a designer.
9. Include a Facebook Connect link, Call-to-Action buttons, Share Functions, and a button that invites people to do business with you in a prominent place on your blog.
10. Create a Facebook fan page.
11. Sign up for Ping.fm or TubeMogul and select all of the platforms to which you want to distribute your content. Choosing Twitter and Facebook is imperative; the others you can select according to your needs and preference.
12. Post your content.
13. Start creating community by leaving comments on other people’s blogs and forums and replying to comments to your own comment.
14. Use Twitter Search (or Search.Twitter) to find as many people as possible talking about your topic, and communicate with them.
15. Use blogsearch.Google.com to find more blogs that are relevant to your subject.
16. Join as many active Facbook fan pages and groups relating to your blog topic as possible.
17. Repeat steps 12 through 16 over and over and over and over and over.
18. Do it again.
19. And again.
20. When you feel your personal brand has gained sufficient attention and stickiness, start reaching out to advertisers and begin monetizing.
21. Enjoy the ride.

Nana’s Caffe

Nana's Caffe'Terry Dawson, Owner of Coburg Pizza Co. and Nana’s Caffe, contacted me about taking a thumbnail sketch an artist created for him and creating vector art that he could use for many applications such as a facebook icon, signage and flyer logo for his caffe that he has at his Coburg location.

Nana's Caffe