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The Making of Field Notes Notebooks

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

We here at Creative Distillery have been using Field Notes notebooks for maybe two years now. I generally order every seasonal color and the odd 3-pack throughout the year. Let me be clear: Darren loves Field Notes. This video shows the talented printers and the craftsmanship that produces these notebooks.

Wings: Making the Field Notes 2010 Fall Edition from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

I'm fortunate to work with tremendous local printers in Jackson who listen to my questions, rush jobs when I need it, and work to finish the designs that I create. Not a week goes by that I'm not on the phone with these guys working something out.

Coming Soon from Faith & Reason: The Challenge of Jesus

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

Creative Distillery creative director Darren Schwindaman has been art directing the look of the new Faith & Reason educational resource 'The Challenge of Jesus.' Using the work of acclaimed historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, the documentary presents his lecture with the assistance of a "matrix" of moving photos & footage behind Dr. Crossan.

Peru Paper in Emmys Swag Bag

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

Emmy swag bag Check out the bottom right side of this image and you'll see a bound package containing Peru Paper's greeting card and catalog. We were excited to learn today that Peru Paper Company has been added to the Emmy Awards swag bag. Peru Paper founder Grace Bateman works with Peruvian artisan women who recycle their own paper and produce handmade greeting cards using collaged designs. Creative Distillery was lucky enough this past year to design Peru Paper's catalog. Congratulations, Grace! If any celebrities from LOST receive the catalog and cards, we'll freak out just a little bit.

Why ‘Creative Distillery?’

by Darren Schwindaman | Principal / Designer

Naming is a lot of work, as we're reminded in naming ourselves.

Who We Are

I'm Darren Schwindaman, a graphic designer from Jackson, Mississippi. I worked onstaff at local newspaper the Jackson Free Press for almost 3 years before focusing on personal client work full-time. I went to school at Loyola University in New Orleans, where I became friends with Gillian Burgess, a writer from Sonoma, California. Gillian's worked onstaff for YouthNoise, a nonprofit that brings young people together to make social change. Through Gillian, I met her sister Melia Dicker, who co-founded a nonprofit, Spark, in San Francisco. Melia & I are now engaged, partners in work and life. Melia launched our blog writing practice.


We're experienced individuals in graphic design, web design, branding, blog post writing, social media management and copywriting. We're coming together for the first time in order to take on bigger projects and work together in a more streamlined way. The name of an agency versus our individual names represents our team's contribution to each project, and many of the freelancers we bring into the mix as well.

Creative Distillery

After kicking around a lot of names, 'Creative Distillery' emerged as the leading contender. It's a reference to our creative process, distilling brands down to their most potent essence and creating spectacular work driven by that. We'll be working to take the personal trust and relationships we've developed with our clients as individuals and transfer that to the Creative Distillery brand. Stay tuned for more!

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