From the Beginning...
Back in 2011 before Hot Butter Studio existed we began experimenting in infographic design.
But if we go back to the very beginning I think Hot Butter first started in 2008 when we were living in Washington DC. I was working full time as a litigation paralegal and studying Digital Design part time at the Art Institute of Washington. One of my co-workers invited me to a party at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to celebrate a new magazine called Good Magazine. It was a great party. Thiervery Corp were playing and I left with a free subscription to Good Magazine. In their own words, Good Magazine "chronicles and champions the emerging identity of the global citizen and creative changemaker."
From a design perspective the magazine was really innovative in its layout and typography.
While my subscription lapsed and I subsequently relocated back to Melbourne I continued to keep up with Good via their website Good.is - "is a place to share creative solutions for living well and doing good."
In a former version of their website, Good had a section dedicated to infographics. I believe they were at the forefront of modern infographic design. Their infographics were always on topical issues and beautifully designed. So when they announced they were having an infographic design competition and calling for submissions I was immediately interested.
I have always been a bit anti competitions because the lines between competition and crowd sourcing can become blurry. But in this case the competition gave me an incentive to try and design an infographic.I was using the challenge as an impetus to work on my own personal portfolio.
The competition was to create Infographics about your internet use. We looked at how we spend time on the internet both "working" and "playing". I have tracked down our submission here:
Karyn is the Work Horse at Hot Butter Studio