These Are Things

Jen Adrion and Omar Noory met in art school, where they spent four years sitting in the back of classrooms drawing stupid pictures and laughing uncontrollably. It was the start of a perfect partnership. Feeling burnt out by client work just one year after graduation, they spent a frigid Midwestern winter creating the modern map of their dreams. To their surprise, the poster sold out instantly, launching their new careers as Professional Amateur Cartographers overnight. Four years later, their simple side project has grown into an internationally recognized illustration studio. Since 2010, These Are Things has delivered travel-themed paper goods to happy customers and retailers in all fifty states and over 40 countries, while also working with brands like AFAR, Airbnb, American Greetings, HOW, and Southwest Airlines. The pair is also committed to educating young designers about creative entrepreneurship. Their new e-book, Designed To Sell: The Unconventional Guide to Creative Freedom, provides a proven step-by-step plan for building your own successful creative business. [+]