Well, it’s been a big week around Think Tank. After months of planning, many designer submissions, and lots of excitement, the TH!NK: exhibition competition winner was chosen. Oh yeah, like I said, Ninjatastic excitement!

Our venue - Erato on Main.

Our venue – Erato on Main.

This past month Ninja Central has been abuzz with anticipation. We were all excitedly tweeting, facebooking, and talking up our big annual TH!NK competition -where we choose one deserving designer to come on board with our firm to design during our annual CreateAthon week.

We stealthily inundated the entire Metro St. Louis area with all kinds of advertisements, press releases, and flyers looking for Ninja-worthy designers for our shindig. And they came out. Boy, did they ever come out.

I am pleased to announce that one fine designer was chosen – John Emig from Highland, IL – and that we were fortunate enough to be introduced to some amazing talent. Seriously, the talent was pretty incredible. It made those judges of ours have to scratch their chins, their soul patches, and their bald heads – going back and forth with the pros and cons of each submitted piece.

Honestly, it was pretty cool to watch. Maybe there is just something about watching rock star design judges deliberate that makes a Ninja’s day. Especially when one of those judges is a Jedi. Hmmm…..

So, after those esteemed judges Steve Hartman, Bill Klingensmith, and Sherrie Hickman tossed around this idea, and that process, and the other pantone color our winner was selected…. Oh yeah, and then there was some major Ninja celebrating. (What happens in Ninja-ville, stays in Ninja-ville…)

Our awesome winner John Emig is a recent graduate of SIUE with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and comes with some dandy design skills befitting a Ninja-in-training. He can do everything from drawing freehand, to designing websites and sculptures. Oh, and he knows how to rock a computer, too. (In a design way – I know what you were thinking! Shame on you!)

The Ninjas and winner John Emig.

The Ninjas and winner John Emig.

We Ninjas are pretty excited about John coming on board for our CreateAthon. The non-profits we have chosen will be lucky to have not only us, but John on their side as we rock out their design work and help make a difference. We are stoked. Now, if John is a good wii player we are all set…

This next week, September 14 – 19, is our CreateAthon. We will be designing for 5 local non-profits all week – with an overnight 24-hour design blitz the night of the 18th. We plan to have fun. We plan to be silly. We plan to take wii breaks. And, most of all, we plan to help these charitable organizations make a difference in the world and we couldn’t be more stoked.DSC00373-1

So, be on the lookout for pictures of us crazy Ninjas (and John!) designing. They’ll be posted on our Facebook page. And our Twitter page. And our Friend Feed. Oh, and hey, why don’t you stop by and see us in action? You might have some fun.

Just bring a pizza.