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This Pop Chart Lab Dream Team sticker sheet is a gold medal winner

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If you follow our blog, you know that we print so many different shapes, sizes and designs of stickers. Pop Chart Lab in Brooklyn, New York, just printed up this creative, fun sticker sheet on our clear material featuring the heads of eight of the 1996 USA Men's Basketball Dream Team and a jersey from that gold medal winning squad.

Pop Chart Lab is a design and creative shop in New York City that creates beautiful visual graphic displays for all sorts of topics, whether it's the evolution of bicycles or the many different types of bird varieties. Or say you're a serious sneaker head, they've got a poster for you of the greatest sneakers in history.  You can get them in framed for wall decor. These pieces are all so unique, and they make for great gifts. You can find their work in select stores all around the country.

Here's all of the different collections of prints that they carry. You can really get lost in the intricacies and the information that these pieces of art contain, and that's a testament to the work their team puts into these products: Alcohol, Americana , Architecture, Beer, Coffee, Comics, Design, Fashion, Food, Gaming, Hip-Hop, Kids, Literary, Maps, Movies/TV, Music, Nature, NYC, Sports, Tech, Wine.

They even have a set of design for "Data Tots" with fun and colorful art for kids that's educational and inspiring.

We had a quick email Q&A with their team. Below is what followed, lightly edited.

SG: How do you use your stickers?


Pop Chart Lab: Starting with the stickers themselves-we mostly just use them as fun, free surprises to pack in with customer orders. We enjoy the idea of customers opening their package and finding an unexpected bonus inside.

Tell us about the Pop Chart Lab story?


Pop Chart Lab: As for the company itself, it started when our founders, Patrick and Ben, an editor and a designer working in publishing, were collaborating on a book of charts, and they realized no one was really creating charts about anything fun. So, in their spare time, they took it upon themselves to remedy this error, and came up with our original two prints: A Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names and The Very Many Varieties of Beer. While these are technically our two oldest charts, they're still two of the most popular, and really exemplify the philosophy of the company: Obsessive research and obsessive design about topics people obsess about.

Any interesting stories from the early days that you feel defined the beginning of your business?


Pop Chart Lab: Originally, Pop Chart Lab was meant to just be a fun side project for Patrick and Ben, but soon enough the prints ended up being featured on the Today Show right before Christmas. From there, orders blew up exponentially, and within a year or two, Pop Chart Lab became a fully fledged company that employs about two dozen people today.

So what makes a Pop Chart Lab print?


Pop Chart Lab: Well, it starts with meticulous research. Our team of researchers spends time—a lot of time—learning all there is to know about a given topic. We have an award-winning design team that transforms all of research into an eye-catching, informative work of (ch)art (as we like to call it). To finish, we use superior quality, environmentally friendly inks with museum-grade paper, and they we offset-press the final product in Brooklyn, New York.

Here's a picture from our website that shows where the magic happens.

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Pop Chart Lab (Photo from Pop Chart Lab website)

Memphis Welcomes Creatives for Three Days of Connection and Inspiration

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The team at the Creative Works Conference believes that creativity can solve problems that money and politics can’t, and we support that mission. They are helping promote their cause with a bold yellow and black circle logo sticker featuring a sharp design of their logo mark in the middle.

You can see the letter C and W, with the C split in half for the two C's in their name. Then the lighting bolts that tie the event name together surrounded by what looks like a large machine cog, signifying the creative process where a small spark can turn the wheels of inspiration in motion. It's small touches like these that really stand out for the folks that receive this sticker, and when we see these flourishes pass through our shop we just have to pause and admire the truly creative work of our customers.

Memphis will play host city for three days of creative inspiration, growth, and connections. This year’s Creative Works Conference lineup features dozens of influential design, branding, digital, and storytelling experts that will provide full-hearted talks, practical workshops, and too-fun afterparties. There will be three-hour, hands-on sessions led by top creatives from around the country, and all proceeds help continue year-round programming in Memphis, where this team leverages design to accelerate change.

Creative Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and they bring designers, makers, manufacturers, and brands from all over the country to downtown Memphis. They offer up local vendors to the mix, so attendees will  have more apparel, prints, pins, and goodies to choose from.

Better World by Design Celebrates Ten Years of Design Thinking and Collaboration With Clear Stickers

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Better World by Design (BWxD) is a student-led initiative at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. This team envisions a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone in order to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale.

The three custom clear stickers they printed up for this event feature, no surprise, some really solid graphic design that's on point with their theme "Blocks, Bytes, and Bars." They used a square and circle to hold their artwork, and the clear sticker choice means that wherever this sticker goes, the background will shine through. Simple vector lines and deep navy blue helps tie all of the stickers together.

By the way, that pale blue you see on the stickers here in the blog post is how we send out the artwork to customers, so they know that it's a clear sticker.

To celebrate Better World’s 10th year anniversary, they built a different kind of conference in order to break the conversational mold and reflect upon both their organization’s history and our common future. Blocks, Bytes, and Bars, uses symbols to provide an alternative method of conceiving the design process. These three objects can represent design’s traditional past, technological present, and aspirational future. Because of the nature of art and design, this symbolism invites multiple interpretations. Their goal is to craft "the theme in a way that will provide a fresh lens through which new stories, understandings and connections can emerge."

More About Design Thinking


By now though, you might be asking what's "Design Thinking"? Design thinking is a creative strategy used by designers as part of their process.

According to Brown and Wyatt in their 2010 article "Design Thinking for Social Innovation" that was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, "as an approach, design thinking taps into innate human capacities but that are overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It does not only focus on creating products and services that are human centered, but the process itself is also deeply human." Donald Norman's "The Design of Everyday Things" is a great book if you're interesting in learning more about design thinking and how to incorporate this type of approach into your life and work.

Using these types of problem solving approaches, Better World by Design spends an entire year facilitating workshops, panels, and discussions that engage in and promote design. The year builds up to the annual three day conference on Brown and RISD’s campus to stimulate those ideas and inspire the team to continue these conversations.

We're sponsoring the event this year, in part because of their focus on community and sustainability. Through our collaboration, we've learned that Better World by Design  believes in designing experiences that supports a vision of an environmentally sustainable world. Using community and environmental impact as methods for decision-making, they work with local businesses and nonprofits to provide flavorful food and renewable energy.

Background on BWxD


But let's get into some history. In 2008, Sharon Langevin and Steve Daniels, Brown alums from the class of 2009, and Tino Chow and Mike Eng, RISD grads in the same year, founded Better World by Design to merge their schools and their academic fields to solve social problems from a holistic perspective. Over the years, Better World by Design has expanded its reach while fostering a close partnership between Brown, RISD, and the Providence community. This deep dive into the local area is another reason why we're on board with this team.

BWxD alums do amazing things in amazing places. Their website highlights those folks and profiles their work.

Here's a video about this year's theme and the 10th anniversary




BWx10: Better World Celebrates Ten Years! from A Better World By Design on Vimeo.

Designers at Create Upstate Take Over Ithaca

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Create Upstate will be taking over the bucolic New York State college town of Ithaca for a three-day celebration of design and creativity. This event has a jam-packed schedule with some unique twists on the standard design conference, but we'll get to that. We're rather proud of the die cut sticker that they put out for this year's edition, and it features the beautiful lakeside sunsets and scenery of the Finger Lakes Region. There's a royal purple foreground with a setting sun in the background. The circle shape wraps the entire design in a custom shape that will be portable and noticeable. We're all about awesome designs at StickerGiant, and this conference blends art, discussion and fun, which is why we love this sponsorship.


What's cool about this gathering is that the venues are all downtown right in the Ithaca Commons, with the State Theatre, Cinemapolis and Coltivare representing as venue sponsors. There’s an entire day set aside for attendees to explore the trails and nearby attractions. In addition to inspiring lectures, the organizing team is filling this weekend with plenty of face time, shop talk and fun. Bonus: There will be a street fair on State Street with vendors and maker stations for event goers to check out, along with local adventures to join.


Here's the overall plan for the weekend, just in case you're nearby and still need a sales pitch to visit this awesome get together.

Thursday is Upstate Discussions, four sessions of focused conversations, led by the best design shops in the area. Then it's over to the kick off party hosted by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) chapter in Upstate New York, who is building a community to advance design and designers across Upstate New York and is 100% volunteer-powered.

This is a must-do event that will have trivia, the Student Design Challenge, and the first two rounds of Cropped. What is Cropped? Well, Cropped is an event presented by MyFonts, a company that provides access to 900+ free fonts, and it's just like the annual NCAA basketball tournament, but for art and design

Anyone attending Create Upstate 2017 is eligible for Cropped Tournament, and the field has 16 teams. The first round will challenge all 16 teams to improvise and create artwork on the fly for 20 minutes. Teams will battle head-to-head during the first two rounds that will be held at the Kickoff Party on the evening of Thursday.


Then on Friday is the marquee show hosted by Mitch Goldstein, a design professor at the Rochester Institure of Technology. There are four illustrious speakers: Gemma O’Brien, an Australian artist who is a lettering, illustration and typography wizard; Cap Watkins is a product designer living and working in Brooklyn who is currently the VP of Design at BuzzFeed; Catt Small is a product designer, game maker, and front-end web developer. She makes awesome things at Etsy; Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica.


After all of the speakers, it's off the after party at Coltivare, Ithaca's culinary center, for the final two rounds of Cropped where they'll announce the winning team.


Saturday is adventure day, with a hike at Buttermilk Falls, a brunch on State Street, and finally a tour at Ithaca Brewery,


You can connect with the team on their blog on Medium.com, at their Twitter feed @CreateUpstate, on their Facebook page Create Upstate and on their Instagram account at create (underscore) upstate.

Big thanks to kenwoodworth, thesarahburns, and dblizzy for putting this all together.

WordCamp Miami and San Diego 2017

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We're on two southern coasts in America this weekend sponsoring custom sticker sheets at WordCamps, one of our favorite events to provide in-kind stickers for attendees and organizing teams. Both of these sheets highlight what we love about the WordPress community: great design and creative approaches to problem solving. With only a little bit of space, sticker sheets offer a lot of options for your artwork.

WordCamp Miami is one of the ultimate WordPress meetups, especially at this time of year. No matter if you're a blogger, marketer, student, eCommerce store owner, designer, there's a track for you. There's a even a workshop for Kids where GoDaddy, a fellow sponsor, will be providing basic hosting and domain name account to all kids on Saturday. Pretty cool.

But let's dive in their sticker sheet: look at this custom design for WordCamp Miami this year. Talk about instant classic, with plays on some of the best movies of all time. There's a Back to the WordCamp peel, a Raiders of the Lost CMS, I am a WordCamp Goonie, a Stranger Things cutout, a GI Joe themed sticker, and some Transformers with WordPress logos. What a tour de force of design and creativity from left-field. We see a lot of WordCamp sticker sheets, and this one is one of a kind.

WordCamp Miami is one of the longest-running WordCamps and one of the largest volunteer-run community tech events in Miami. There will be over 800 bloggers, developers, marketers, and kids on this weekend during their ninth gathering.

WordCamp San Diego is a (naturally) laid-back, local affair for Southern Californians gather for world’s favorite platform: WordPress. The San Diego WordPress community is an active group, and they always bring in a star-studded list of inspiring speakers, generous sponsors (we love WordCamps!) and an enthusiastic and diverse group of attendees. This year WordCamp San Diego will be returning to the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in downtown, close to many popular attractions, hotels, and restaurants.

They had fun with their sticker sheet, including a beach-ball hugging Wapuu, and some nautical peel offs, with a sailboat, a WordPress-logo-as-sun peel, a mask and snorkel (oh how we'd love to be diving in an ocean at the moment) and a fish and seagull pairing. You can create a fun story with these characters. You can practically feel the sand between your toes, hear the waves and feel the breeze. This sheet finishes off with a Ron-Burgundy approved "Stay Classy" mini event sticker with the date of this year's WordCamp San Diego.

At StickerGiant, WordPress is where we create our sticker stories. If you're not up to speed with WordPress, here's the quick skinny: WordPress powers a reported 60 million websites, and provides a free, open-source platform for website management and blogging.  It's been around since 2003, and it's a great way to get into web design, eCommerce and creative expression on the internet.

Method + Madness Conference | PHXDW 2016

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Design is the method and the madness to pretty much everything. At StickerGiant, we have the responsibility to turn great designs into great stickers everyday. This is why we are so excited to be a sponsor at another year of AIGA Arizona's Method + Madness Conference | PHXDW.

The Method + Madness Conference is happening this Saturday and Sunday as the main event of Phoenix Design Week.
"It’s a two-day grassroots conference organized by community volunteers for fellow designers, illustrators, writers, and UX professionals. Method + Madness brings together world-class speakers and local experts for two full days of actionable insights, hands-on education, and fire-fueling inspiration."

This year's conference is exploring the concept of Flux. This is, simply put, about adapting, as designers, to the audiences you're trying to reach and balancing the time to create something within the chaos.  Speakers will be addressing this at a lot of the talks this year as creatives from the industry gather for education and fun.

The custom logo sticker for this year is incredible. It's a full color design with many little details worked into the design as cranes are building over the pink type, bricks are falling into place, there is a pipe line running through, paint brush laying down ink all to spell out the "Method + Madness."  This sticker is bound to be a hot item for laptops, tablets and more as attendees grab them to slap on their gear.

Thanks to AIGA Arizona and PHXDW for giving us the opportunity to make stickers for a super fun design event. We are honored to be in the list of sponsors that help make an event like this amazing.

Follow along this weekend for all the hot news and topics coming out of Method + Madness Conference | PHXDW 2016 on their Twitter.