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What’s in my Office Thursday: Andrew Tassy

What’s in my Office Thursday: Meet CPS alum Andrew Tassy, Art Director at SPM Marketing & Communications.

Check out his advice below:

“The best thing you can do is to push yourself. Push yourself to always improve your book, never settle. Push the limits of your network. That 27th degree connection might just be the “in” you need. And overall, just push yourself to keep going, don’t give up.”

“If need be, listen to Salt-n-Pepa’s hit single “Push It” repeatedly until you’ve reached the appropriate level of push.”

Check out his portfolio here:

By heather : October 29, 2015

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Overheard at CPS

One of the most unexpected bonuses of being at Chicago Portfolio School is getting cultural tips from fellow students and staff. You’re basically guaranteed to leave each day with new things to dabble in. That being said, here’s the latest batch of CPS obsessions:

Streaming: Mr. Robot
This show has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. If that isn’t enough to convince you to give it a try, you’ll also get Christian Slater, Fight Club-esque plot twists and a fresh look at what it means for us to live in the digital age. Seriously, just do it.

Eating: Stan’s Donuts
With locations in Wicker Park, Streeterville, and the just-opened Lakeview, Stan’s is becoming harder to resist. Try the lemon pistachio old-fashioned, the pretzel donut or the famed Nutella pocket.

Wearing: Everlane
The entire creative department at most agencies seems to be hip to the same uniform. You can nab it here for reasonable prices with the bonus of production transparency. Knowing where your clothes come from is cool, but having those clothes feel like pajamas is even cooler.

Downloading: Dark Sky
Winter is coming, Chicago, and preparation is key. Dark Sky blows any pre-installed weather app out of the water. From precise hourly temperatures to push notifications letting you know it’s about to rain, it can’t be beat. Extra credit for the clean and modern user interface.

Watching: The Walk
With Joseph Gordon Levitt doing his best Pepe Le Pew, The Walk tells the true story of a man who crossed the distance between the World Trade Center towers on what may as well have been a piece of dental floss. It’s more interesting than it sounds, especially in IMAX. Also, this is a great time to revisit the original documentary - Man on Wire, which is streaming on Netflix.

Drinking: Pumking by Souther Tier Brewing Company
Because does anyone actually like warm, whipped cream topped, coffee franken-beverages? Honorable mentions go to La Croix (try those new Target-exclusive flavors if you haven’t already) and your nana’s old favorite, the Hot Toddy.

Written by CPS Blogger and 2nd Quarter CW: Olivia Crandall

By heather : October 27, 2015

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What’s in my Office Thursday: Kim Sheffield

What’s in my Office Thursday: Meet CPS alum Kim Sheffield, Associate Copywriter at FCB.

Check out her advice below:

“As you’re approaching your job search, know what you like—in your book, and out in the wild. Be specific. Know why things are bonkers or fall short. A lot of work comes down to taste level, and what you can defend in good conscience. Be aware of where the good work is coming from, and follow that proverbial gravy train. Developed taste and articulate opinions always trump vague passions.”

“Once you’re out there shaking your respective moneymaker, keep being an advocate for the weird. Pitch that idea for an anthropomorphic syringe, do things before you’re ready, have an opinion, be kind but vocal, don’t be a wisenheimer, bring bagels, listen to the people you think make dope shit, learn everything you can, ask for more, and throw your weight around.”

Take a look at her book here:

By heather : October 22, 2015

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