Archive for December, 2010

Map it

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Not that I am getting married anytime soon, because I am most definitely not, but I think this is pretty much the cutest thing ever. And in the holiday spirit, I may get over my Scrooge-like singleness by daydreaming about Merry Maps, which are about as jolly as Kris Kringle having just been told that fitting down the chimney is optional this year.

Daley Harris, founder of Merry Maps, has created a fun business in the art of bringing people together for events. “I started [Merry Maps] when my sister got married a year and a half ago,” she says of her hand-drawn company. “[I received] requests from friends to do it for their weddings, and it kind of grew from there.” Though stationed in Dallas, 80% of her business is not local. She has clients from “London to South America” and across the globe.

Daley has always owned a passion for creativity, and a wild trick-of-the-hand talent. “I call it party calligraphy,” she says of her fun hand-drawn font. Each map is unique and created specifically for the individual client. She creates maps for weddings, save the dates, announcements, directions to ranches and lake houses, and more. Contact Daley for your merriment here.

SMU and Dallas

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

This week, You+Dallas pays tribute to the SMU football team by releasing a video shot during the Battle for the Iron Skillet.  Anyone who views this video will have an understanding of how much fun game day can be on the SMU campus.  Strong academics, team spirit, an energized fan and alumni base, and a winning football team all go together to create a wonderful collegiate experience.

Academically, SMU has risen to its highest ranking (#56) ever among national universities in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.  Only UT Austin and Rice University rank higher in the state of Texas. 

The point of this video was to highlight the unique relationship between Dallas and SMU.  Dallas business leaders support SMU because SMU is producing top flight talent.  Simply put, SMU is good for business. 

We believe institutions of higher learning have a unique opportunity to “Be the Media” by combining the creativity and talent of its faculty, students and alumni with the power to communicate your message via the internet.  If you want the top students, then communicate on their level.  If your goal is to increase alumni participation rates, then create a way to connect them back to your school by giving your faculty, students and administration the tools to support and broadcast their initiatives. 

There is a huge opportunity for colleges and universities to create a first mover advantage.  Any takers?