We’re Moving…to Colorado.
What!! No way!! Say it isn’t so!! Did you know there is a rumor going around about you?! What are we going to do without you?! These are all comments we’ve received countless times since Kim and I announced that we will be moving our family to Colorado this Winter 2018 season.
While we’re eternally grateful for the friends we’ve made, clients who keep returning to our studio, and projects that you have trusted us with over the last few years, opportunity has knocked; and it’s too good to turn down.
+ Are you still taking on projects?
Not at this time. Feel free to reach out to the area shops mentioned above.
+ When is the transition?
November 9th will be the last day the studio is open. We will be wrapping up projects throughout November.
+ Will someone else move in and run this location?
Short answer, we don't know yet.
We certainly hope this is eventually the case. We've gotten to know a ton of great clients with great projects and we'd love for someone to pick up our mantle in this location. If you know someone who might be interested drop me an email.
+ Can I get my files?
It depends. Not trying to be a pain about files, but there are large misconceptions about artwork these days.
First things first, according to our Terms and Conditions artwork that we generate in house remains our property, and can be released for a fee. (Note this does not apply to supplied artwork/logos. Then again if you supplied them, you still have a copy somewhere.)
If you are needing a copy of a project file for alterations, modifications, duplications, etc. Drop a Request For Review.
Second, the ol' "just send me everything you've got for me" is likely a no go. Two reasons, 1) We retain intellectual rights on artwork produced in house. 2) We are still in negotiations with perspective purchase aggreements and these files retain value.
+ Why was this so sudden?
Well...it was and it wasn't. Josh and Kim have been entertaining the idea of making a "mountain-move" for a few years now as their kids progress through elementary school.
"We've been nuturing these relationships, and opportunities for 18+ months now, looking to get a foot in the door, and waiting on decent timing. We wanted the transition to take place over several months, but timing, budgets, schdules, and workloads are finicky like that. I got a call wanting me to start in 2 weeks, I negotiated for 7 at best. It's not perfect, but too good to turn down for this season of life." -Josh
+ What about your team?
Our team has always been, and is still incredibly close knit. We stay in touch nearly daily. All of our team has been aware of the potential for the move for quite some time. In fact, they were among the first people we included.
Jenni, our designer who is currently deployed with the Oklahoma Nat'l Guard in Kuwait is excited for the opportunities the move will make, as she is originally a Colorado native. She gave us her blessing to pursue the move without obligation to hold her position upon her return; even before she deployed. We eagerly await her return stateside, and will do everything we can to assist her. Last I heard a couple weeks ago, she's already scheming.
Meghan, our part-time production expert is still actively attending college courses and navigating her way through passions, interests, and opportunities ranging from Biomedical Engineering to Business.
Kim, our traffic manager is eager to reengage her dedication to the veterinary world full time. While also teaching adjunct at TCC over the last several years, she has been kind enough to lend the studio her managerial talents. We're eternally thankful, yet eager to get her back to her lifeblood.
Josh, is taking the acculmination of his design and sign career and throwing it full force at the Steamboat Resort. He is eager to get back into a full time design workflow, and focus on solving problems, and building great looking signs.
+ Is your building for sale/rent?
Our location has served us well, and we've put in a ton of elbow grease along the way to bring it up to snuff. Our location will be available for rent as soon as we have moved out. If you're interested drop me an email and I'll put you in touch.
When I opened the doors on the new Adventure Signs Studio in 2015, I had one objective: I want to change the way Claremore looks. Fellow sign designer Luke Stockdale says it best, “Let’s make streetscapes distinctive again.” and I can’t agree more. When you compare streetscapes of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s to that of today, signage has become vanilla, cookie-cutter, predictable, and lackluster. My goal was to be able to drive down the streets of my hometown and see a higher level of design and quality.
John Ray (Destiny Life) told me before I left, that he could see my fingerprints and efforts all over town. I’m not one to ever admit that the work is done, as there is always more to do, however he is correct. I rarely drive down a street that I haven’t helped out a small business owner with their new venture, or see a vehicle that I’ve obsessed over to get that side-gig launched with a bang, or open a browser tab that I don’t run across a logo I’ve touched.
As much as I absolutely love being able to work in my hometown, where my grandfather kicked off his entrepreneurial journey; and as much as I enjoy being able to chat marketing ideas, promotion visions, and client demographics and targeting, running the studio was growing to the point it was getting in the way of what I wake up for each morning.
Late this summer, opportunity came knocking in the form of a marketing & graphic design/sign design position in Colorado. Meanwhile, I was looking for an avenue to allow my talented bride, (and Studio Traffic Manager) to return to her professional calling after a 24-month sabbatical of sorts. We have also been entertaining the conversation at home, of exposing our children to travel, & more outdoor lifestyle, it seems a bit serendipitous.
We’ve been born and raised on the Oklahoma plains, and will always call the family and friends it holds home. However, for this season of life, we’re eager for Adventure, eager for focus, and eager for a reset. So, this winter season, we’ll be packing up our family, our home, and our skills, and “heading west.”
Until then I’ll leave you with a few lyrics from our good friends, George Melton and the Bison. Looking for that Colorado sky, talk soon.