A dynamic advertising duo
Lauren Smith Ford
A dynamic advertising duo
The Wixoms, a dynamic advertising creative directing team and married couple, Alisa and Kris, moved back to Austin from New York City in 2010. In their impressive career at agencies like Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and TBWA\Chiat\Day NY, they have produced a Superbowl spot for Garmin, ads for Levis and Planters, and award-winning campaigns for the likes of Absolut Vodka and Skittles, to name a few. For the past four years, they have been commuting between Austin and NYC while still working as creative directors for TBWA, but starting this month, they are thrilled to be joining GSD&M as Group Creative Directors. It all feels like a full circle moment since the couple met in college and started collaborating when they were in the ad sequence program at UT Austin together in 2001. “GSD&M has an amazing culture. They throw one of the best SXSW parties and are just good people, which is important for us since we haven't gone into an office for nearly five years,” Alisa says. “Plus, they have incredible momentum right now. We can't wait.” While they are both creative directors, Alisa’s background is as a writer and Kris’ as an art director. Their favorite thing about working together over the past decade as described from their light-filled shared office on the second floor of their modern home in Bouldin? “Laughing. Not everything we work on is comedy based but I think it’s the funny stuff that we really gravitate towards,” Alisa says. “Also getting to go on shoots together, especially in places like Germany, Malaysia and Romania.” For date nights, the couple (parents to toddler son Sawyer) usually cooks together or heads to Elizabeth Street Cafe, Contigo or the Alamo Drafthouse (they particularly love watching the theater’s live karaoke nights), and we had to know where they head when seeking inspiration for a new concept. “We go for a walk on South Congress or the trail around Lady Bird Lake or for a hike on one of the greenbelts,” Alisa says. “If we’re really in a bind Kris will go beat on his drums and I’ll go to yoga. Or if all else fails, cocktails!”
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
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Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more