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P.S. -It’s in Print!

The Sharpie Squad’s own, Erica Domesek has been getting a ton of well-deserved buzz lately!  As you know, Erica is the founder of  the highly original DIY brand, P.S. -I Made This…  Last year at Fashion Week, we teamed up with Domesek to create Sharpie’s first-ever DIY pop-up bar and ever since we can’t stop hearing about all the great opportunities Erica has had the been involved with!  Romping around town, looking fabulous, she’s been working with some big-time publications including Teen Vogue, Glamour, GQ & Who What Wear, just to name a few!   

Most recently, this DIY rockstar has even published a book of her own, titled,  P.S. -I Made This…  The book features original projects, taking inspiration from looks straight off the runway and recreating them with materials from the  hardware store, craft store and even her own junk draw!  Erica breaks down each project in an easy way, accompanied by tips and resources from the author herself.  Watch the book trailer right here and then hop over to Amazon to pick up your own copy of P.S. -I Made This…

 

For more on  P.S. I Made This…, visit the website,  become a fan on Facebook and follow on Twitter

You can also read an exclusive at Fashionista.com, giving you an inside look at what it takes to be a DIY superstar.  What do you think Domesek  uses as a potholder?? You’ll never guess!

 

 

 

 

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Sharpie & TOMS at Georgia College & State University

You’ve probably seen Sharpie at a few TOMS Style Your Sole Events before and I’m happy to say that we’re at it again!  Recently, Sharpie was able to supply Georgia College & State University with a variety of markers in support of the One for One Movement. 

Thank you to the incredible group of GCSU students who allowed Sharpie to be apart of their Style Your Sole Event, and thank you for being passionate young role models who are making a difference in the world – one step, one shoe, one Sharpie at a time! 

Click to read what GCSU had to say about the event

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The Hello Project & Sharpie Present: Without A Hello

We’ve teamed up with The Hello Project to hold a handful of contests giving you the chance to win all kinds of cool prizes, of the Sharpie variety, of course! Each contest will focus on specific types/themes of “Hello.”  And this month, The Hello Project and Sharpie are determined to bring the doodler out in all of you!

Sharpie fans, you should know The Hello Project by now, right?!  They’ve popped up on the blog a few times now, but in case your eyes were closed last time you were here (*cough cough* the latest Q&A posted) here’s a run down of how THP works:

The Hello Project centers around giving people the opportunity to say HELLO on one of the smallest, most well-known surfaces… the sticky note!  The process is simple, on a 3×3 sticky note, write, sketch, doodle your version of hello. Scan it in and email it to hi@thehelloproject.com, any day of the week and then they’ll post it on their website.  Cool right!?

Now, The Hello Project & Sharpie are excited to present this month’s contest:

HOW IT WORKS:

Submit a Hello – without using any words that mean ‘hello’ – by September 30, 2010 for a chance to win Sharpie® Pens and other cool Sharpie® prizes!

THE PRIZES:

Three (3) winners will receive packages full of Sharpie® Pens, and one grand prize winner will receive a mystery pack (top secret stuff) of Sharpie goodies, not to mention the most important prize, bragging rights.

THE JUDGES: 

A panel of 3 undisclosed judges will select the three (3) winning submissions. Winners will be announced on Monday October 4, 2010 on The Hello Project and the Sharpie Blog.

THE RULES:

  1. Must be handmade on a sticky note.
  2. Sticky notes can be any color.
  3. Entries must be scanned in at a resolution of no less than 600×600 pixels and sent to contact@thehelloproject.com
  4. All entries must be received by 11:59PM CST on September 30, 2010.  
  5. There is no limit of entries per person.

 

Good luck and have fun!

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The Perfect Hello

Today’s Sharpie artist is the man behind The Hello Project, Joseph Delhommer.  With *Kristen Caston (who you may remember as our LIVE artist at the 2010 Sharpie Squad Virtual Summit), Delhommer launched THP, an “online social collaboration” aimed at recharging the everyday opener. Simply put, The Hello Project invites anyone and everyone to say Hello in a creative way onto a 3×3 Post-it® .  Doodle it, sketch it, write it- whatever your heart desires, there is no right or wrong way to say hello!

 Now here it is, a Sharpie interview for the record books…  Get to know the man who’s taking an ordinary greeting to extraordinary levels.  This is Joseph Delhommer and The Hello Project!

Get to know J.D. & The Hello Project…

 

Hello Joe!

Background info? Where are you from?

Where I come from, people are always beach ready and never afraid to dance.

In the Dominican Republic it never gets cold so people never get stiff, that’s why Miami Beach was an easy move for me but Hamburg and Chicago weren’t. But I made do.

Occupation? Yes.

Interests? Likes? Dislikes? I am the light up type of person and I look for the same energy in music, people, and anything else I get involved with.

Pet Peeves? Being asked what my pet peeve is.  But in all seriousness, I hate fake people.

Tell me about The Hello Project: It all started back in July last year here in Chicago. A designer friend, Kristen Caston, used to leave me post-it notes that said “Hi” every time she passed by my office when I wasn’t there. One day I arranged four of them on my desk all in a row. And the idea just came to me…it stared in my face and said, “hello.” After talking about it with my copywriter, Carlos Rangel, we came up with the name and registered the URL on the spot. All in all, it took no more than five minutes. We officially launched the site to the public on September 1st. (Happy 1st Bday THP!)

What is it about the word “Hello”?  Why not something else? (Maybe “The How Are You Project,” “The Nice Pants Project”, “The Nice to Meet You Project”) Because HELLO is universal. It’s simple and has the power to instantly change the dynamic between you and a stranger.

What is THP’s mission? / What do you hope to get out of this? When people get a creative urge, Post-its are a great canvas to let it loose on.  The Hello Project gives creative’s a perfect excuse to doodle.  This is what got the first 20 people, all close friends, involved and this seemed like a great way to connect with creative types all around the world.

How many people are involved in THP? Amazingly over 350 people have participated thus far, some having contributed four or five post-its!

What are some favorite “Hello’s” that you’ve received ? Throwing the hard questions at me huh?  I’m not naming favorites, some people have flair and it’s cool to see it shine on their submissions.

Do you limit entries to only words? No. No limits.

Who can submit to the Hello Project? And how? It is open to anyone who wants to say “hello”. (FYI: We do not supply the post-its, the Sharpie products nor do we provide any scanning services.) People hand off their hello in person or email a JPEG to hi@thehelloproject.com.

What’s your idea of “the perfect HELLO?” A Brit saying Ello Govnah!!

How many different ways are there to say hello on a yellow sticky note?  Precisely 312,983,673,345,683,893,450,937 different ways.

Do you think Sharpie has any impact on THP? If so, How? Sharpie has an uncanny way of tapping into the creative vein; I think it’s because of the freedom you get to write as fast or slow as you want.  The ink’s there either way. And it works nicely with a post it because it doesn’t take much work to fill it up with your design.

If you could have any one person in the entire world submit a “HELLO” to THP, who would it be? Stefan Sagmeister.

(This happens to me now and again and I wonder if you have had a similar experience and what your opinion is on this happening…)

SCENARIO: You’re walking down the street when you make eye contact with a passerby, being the friendly person you are, you say Hello!  To which the passerby responds with a dumbfounded look, as if you had three heads and just asked him/her to join you for a PB&J and a light afternoon of cliff diving…

….What are your thoughts on this scenario?  Why do you think some people find it odd when a stranger says hello? I know what you mean! Ever since I came to the US I noticed people are way more defensive.  People create a comfort bubble between plugging in their iPods and staring at the sidewalk.  And when the bubble gets popped, bam. They assume the worst.

Anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add? The really big question is when will the lovely Whitney Kelly send in a hello of her own? Other than that, I think you nailed it. Pat yourself on the back, then grab a post it and doodle us a hello! (Forget about me, I’m getting the entire Sharpie Team to send in Hello’s!)

 Become a fan on Facebook! http://facebook.com/thehelloproject

Follow THP on Twitter http://twitter.com/projecthello

 

*Joseph Delhommer and Kristen Caston currently run The Hello Project and have been since Sept. 1, 2009.

Kristen Caston is The Hello Project's greatest contributor with over 35 "HELLO's" (pictured: Susan Wassel, Kristen Caston, Whitney Kelly)

Want more of The Hello Project?  Stay Tuned, Sharpie and The Hello Project are teaming up so that you can say Hello in all sorts of ways and win Sharpie markers, pens & highlighters!  Stay tuned for more info.

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Sharpie Highlighters: College or Bust!

Sharpie will be across the country, visiting 100 college campuses this Fall! At Follett bookstores across the US, Sharpie ambassadors will be present, decked out in neon tees, handing out coupons for Sharpie Highlighters, scribbling with Sharpie markers, and gearing you up for your 2010 Fall semester. Drop by and hang out with us for a bit!

Don’t forget to enter to win free textbooks for you and two friends online at Sharpie’s Facebook Fan Page – Click on the “Sweepstakes Tab” to enter!

Hop on over to the official Sharpie Blog for more info on Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes!

Thursday (8/19) & Friday 8(20)

  • CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE – CENTRAL CAMPUS
  • CERRITOS COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY
  • UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
  • WAKE TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • WEBSTER UNIVERSITY

Thursday (8/26) & Friday (8/27)

  • AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
  • BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-NORTHRIDGE
  • CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
  • COLLEGE OF DuPAGE
  • CUNY BERNARD M BARUCH COLLEGE
  • DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE
  • DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE  – ANKENY
  • FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • INDIANA-PURDUE UNIVERSITY-FORT WAYNE
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE INDIANAPOLIS CAMPUS
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAFAYETTE CAMPUS
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOUTH BEND CAMPUS
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TERRE HAUTE CAMPUS
  • JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE – CENTER CAMPUS
  • MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
  • MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • MIAMI DADE COLLEGE – KENDALL CAMPUS
  • MIAMI UNIVERSITY-OXFORD
  • NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
  • NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
  • PALOMAR COLLEGE
  • PHOENIX COLLEGE
  • PURDUE UNIVERSITY
  • RIO HONDO COLLEGE
  • SADDLEBACK COLLEGE
  • SAINT CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
  • SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE
  • SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA
  • SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE
  • ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE
  • TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • THOMAS NELSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHAMPAIGN
  • UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
  • UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT LINCOLN
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
  • UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
  • UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
  • UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
  • VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Thursday (9/2) & Friday (9/3)

  • BERGEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – SACRAMENTO
  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS
  • CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
  • ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE-NORTH CAMPUS
  • FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE – SOUTH CAMPUS
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
  • GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • JACKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
  • KENT STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS
  • LONE STAR COLLEGE – NORTH HARRIS
  • MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
  • OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
  • ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
  • QUEENS COLLEGE (CUNY)
  • REGIS UNIVERSITY
  • RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN
  • ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY – QUEENS CAMPUS
  • SUFFOLK COUNTY CC – AMMERMAN CAMPUS
  • SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
  • TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE TRINITY RIVER CAMPUS
  • THE CITY COLLEGE OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
  • UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO – NORTH CAMPUS
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – PAN AMERICAN
  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN SAINT LOUIS
  • WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

Thursday (9/9) & Friday (9/10)

  • BOSTON COLLEGE
  • CINCINNATI STATE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
  • MOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST
  • UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-BOSTON
  • UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – LA CROSSE

Thursday (9/23) & Friday (9/24)  

  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EAST BAY HAYWARD CAMPUS
  • STANFORD UNIVERSITY
  • UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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Submit Your Doodle to SharpieUncapped!

Meet Sunni Brown, Sharpie’s new doodle expert!  Of course, at Sharpie, we know the importance of doodling, but we thought with a real live DOODLE EXPERT, you’d be convinced too!  Did you know that doodling actually stimulates the mind?

Maybe teachers frown upon it in class and most likely your boss thinks that you’re not listening in meetings when she sees the corner of your note pad filled with aliens, flowers and race cars, but here at Sharpie we encourage this form of creativity!    We’ve created a community on Sharpie.Uncapped.com entirely devoted to doodling!

You can submit your doodle to SharpieUncapped and Sunni Brown, our resident doodle expert, could select yours as to be the  Doodle-of-the-Day!  Every day Sunni will pick a doodle to be analyzed –  Ever wonder what your doodles say about you?  This is your chance to find out. Submit your doodle to SharpieUncapped.com today!

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Uncap What’s Inside with Sharpie Pen

Did you know that Sharpie is not just limited to the world of markers?  Sharpie Pens are among Sharpie’s newest innovations that take everyday writing to great heights.  Whether you’re a doodler, a science geek, a business professional, a mom on the go, or a student in a lecture hall, there is a Sharpie Pen for your every writing need.  

 

Sharpie Pens come in three styles and in six eye-catching colors...

  1. Sharpie Pen - Sharpie’s first-ever pen for everyday writing that won’t bleed through paper.
  2. Sharpie Pen Grip - The no-bleed technology with a soft grip for added writing comfort.
  3.  Sharpie Pen Retractable – That same no-bleed through promise with a one-hand click convenience.

   Check out the Sharpie Pen family at www.sharpie.com and buy a set of Sharpie Pens for yourself today to experience how to Uncap What’s Inside in an entirely new way. 

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What Would the World Be Like w/o Self-Expression?

There’d be no purpose… No passion…

No putting it out there for everyone to see.

Sharpie aims to inspire people to boldly showcase their individuality, express their creativity and boast their true colors on everything and in all forms.  From skateboards and stadium posters to motorcycle helmets and billboards, we at Sharpie encourage you to show off your best self in every situation and on every canvas.

Sharpie offers countless platforms to reveal your  true thoughts, feelings and interests but we all know that self-expression is not only limited to what you can draw, design, write etc…  Every day little pieces of self-expression surround us- From the type of cell phones we choose, to the way we style our hair.  From the way you walk down the street, to the way you sign your name.  Self-expression is in the color of our shoes, it’s in the you say “HELLO,” it’s even in that collection of old hotel key cards you keep in your wallet.  Everything has a piece of personality in it whether we recognize it or not.  Without these forms of self-expression though, who would we be?  What would the world be like?  Would there be reason behind our actions & thoughts?

The newest Sharpie advertisement screams self-expression and shows how lackluster the world would be without it.  Watch the new Sharpie commercial and get inspired to express yourself:


 

 

Come back as we continue to ask & answer the question:

“What Would the World Be Like Without Self-Expression?” 

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Touchdown Onto Valentine’s Day

It’s Monday, you may not be in the brightest of moods…  You stayed up late last night celebrating the most popular non-national holiday of the year, your belt is a little tighter after eating endless amounts of seven-layer dip, on the way to the coffee machine people think you are talking to yourself, when you’re actually just reminding your feet “right, left, right, left…”  Frankly, your mind just isn’t quite working in full-force yet – which probably won’t kick in until Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Just to make your day a little bit more difficult to get through, here’s a reminder:  V-Day (or should I say D-Day) is right around the corner! The pressure is really on to get your that quality gift.  So what does this mean?  Are you excited or aggravated by this fact?  Maybe last week you were all for the lovey dovey holiday but as the pressure mounts are you beginning to change your mind?  Or maybe you absolutely hated the thought of hearts and candy last week and now that you have a date, you’re all for it!  Hey, I don’t know what your thoughts are…but that’s why I’m asking:

Valentine’s Day: Love it or Leave it?

Check out these brand new videos from our on-street Chicago interviews and see what people had to say:

Join the debate on Facebook !  Upload your videos, pictures & comments all before Sunday – VALENTINE’S DAY!