2018: A List of Greats

2018 was an incredible year for us. We started Motley and have learned so much about ourselves and the work that we do. Here’s a list of some of our favorite things from this past year that inspired our work and cast vision.

Camp North End

Camp North End is a historic industrial site that used to produce Model Ts and Army missiles. It now serves as a hub for creativity and innovation in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. We absolutely love this reuse project and the way Camp North End has created space to engage Charlotte’s entrepreneurs, artists, and community builders. See for yourself.

This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

We had the privilege of working with Melody this year and have loved having her voice, vision, and insight as we build our business. Her book is an incredible starting point for learning about place attachment and what it means personally and for your community. Buy it here!

Union Coffee Co

Union Coffee Co in Greensboro, North Carolina has been a business crush of ours. They just opened their doors in November and have done a fantastic job at activating the local community. They have provided an incredible atmosphere for us to work, create, and dream this year. Check ‘em out.

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University

Hedges, Edges, Dirt is an exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. The exhibit considers how we relate to our surroundings and to each other, whether we are rooted in place or in transition. It’s beautiful and inspiring and brought creative intentionality into our work. Have a look.

French Kiwi Juice

The soundtrack of our startup. Listennnn.

Austin Channing Brown

Blaine got the opportunity to meet Austin Channing Brown this past summer. She wrote a book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, that changed the way we looked at diversity in our organization and the world. Grab a copy here.

How to Revive a Neighborhood: With Imagination, Beauty, and Art

Theaster Gate’s TED Talk was one of our favorite discoveries of 2018. He describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere. Watch it here.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

ZAMM takes a deep dive on how we live and how we can live better. Take a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest and combine it with a story of love, fear, growth, discovery and acceptance -- a gooood read that brought simplicity back into our work. Snag it here.

Thank you for being a part of our year! We can’t wait for 2019 and all that’s in store.