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2016 Notables



Breakfast Club
Facilitated the first Indie/Freelance Breakfast Club with Creative Mornings Cincinnati. It's basically a 12 step group for independent designers.


Chance method posters

Meg and I made a bunch of posters using chance methods and posted them around our neighborhood for fun.



Kunst 2
After four months in the making and a wonderful collaboration of multiple talents, Kunst 2 was released!


New clients
Took on a couple new clients thanks to  referrals from a friend. New waters, for sure.


Hike + Hydrate

Meg and I hosted our first Hike + Hydrate of the year. We had a lot of fun, but not as much as the dogs!


Green Thumb
Meg and I planted the seeds of our first garden as a married couple. Cute.



Broom Ball!

Not much else you can do during the cold and dark days of winter but chase a ball around an ice rink in downtown Cincinnati. Seriously, you should try it.



Mini Micro Cinema at The Carnegie

The Mini had it's second incarnation at The Carnegie in Covington, KY. I designed the original identity back in 2015 and signage and collateral for the event at The Carnegie.


Election Day (Primaries)

I participated in democracy and voted.


Jose Caballer Workshop

I was fortunate to attend a workshop on how to better facilitate brand identity  workshops. I'd highly recommend a workshop by Jose, if you haven't already attended one.

Over the last several months I've been collaborating with Chris Glass on the new site design of and it just launched.


Sign of Good

Last year I ran a workshop called "Signs of Good" where UTK design students designed signs that helped solve problems they perceived on campus. In preparation I prototyped my own sign of good in Covington, KY near my co working space.  After about a year of deliberating, Meg and I finally installed  a real screen printed aluminum sign. Thanks to Manfred for help with screen printing.



Social Enterprise Accelerator
Excited to mentor a team in a local social enterprise accelerator that the folks at Design Impact, United Way and Flywheel are behind. More news soon.


Logos, Logos, Logos...

Working simultaneously on logos for a furniture company, a data analytics company, and a social enterprise. The differences are clear, and require both sides of the brain. Definitely feeling challenged to leave my design comfort zone(s). Can't wait to share the processes when I can!


3 years

I told my wife/partner, Megan, I liked her 3 years ago in August after a friend's wedding. It's fun to remember where we were and look forward to where we are going.



New site
Created this personal/profession site with Adobe Muse.


We made it one year
Meg spent a recent weekend in and around Asheville, NC to celebrate one year together.  Here's some photos of the trip. We stayed at a sweet airbnb in West Asheville. The house included a record player with Adelle's 25 album on the turntable. Needless to say it became the soundtrack to our weekend and we bought our own copy to remember the occasion.


Design is Trash
Meg and I used Small Victories, and amazingly simple website tool, to create a curated collection of scanned trash the we find as we walk around our city.



Fourth of July Parade

Meg and I enjoyed our second-ever Northside Parade with close friends from our front porch. Sadly I didn't take any photos to share.


Meg's went to the UK, I went south
Meg attended an amazing little conference called The Do Lectures. You can read more about her trip here. In the meantime, I headed south to visit some friends in Tennessee and Georgia.


Ten Paradoxes of Good Design

Shared a "PechaKucha" formatted presentation at Platform 53 on what I believe to be the ten paradoxes of good design. More on this soon.



Updated Behance Page

Looking for my design work? It's sprinkled throughout this page. Want to see it one place? Check out my Behance profile. It's a work in progress (like me).


Camping Trip #02

Meg and I hit the road and went camping in East Fork State Park (Ohio). We found our favorite spot from last year vacant. The evening and morning were spent reading and resting by the fire.


Not much for Halloween
Some of you may think it's tragic, but I just can't seem to get on the Halloween bandwagon. As I kid, I loved it. Not sure why and when I lost interest.

It's Currently December


Birthday Month
One more year into my early thirties!


Winter Retreat

Meg and I take two weeks off for Christmas/New Years and spend at least one week away from our screens, in front of a fire, reflecting on the year past and dreaming about the year ahead. Traditionally we've enjoyed the isolation and frigidness of Northern Michigan for these retreats. This year we're taking the retreat on the road. We're headed west. The Grand Canyon as our target destination with a bunch of other notable stops along the way.



Camping Trip #01

Went camping with Meg and some friends in West Virginia. Was the first camping trip of the year and I've already got the itch to go back. Nothing like cooking 2-3 meals a day over an open fire in the middle of the woods.


Andrew Bird at The Madison
If there were a soundtrack to my time in Chattanooga, Andrew Bird would certainly contribute several tracks.  I finally got to see him in person at the Madison across the river in Kentucky.


Meg's Birthday

Meg turned 30 this month! We welcomed her into a new decade with a trip to Yellow Springs and a sourdough workshop with Crackling Crust (separate from the Yellow Springs trip). If you're looking for a gift for that special someone, I highly recommend Crackling Crust's bread making lessons.




Spent a week in Austin, TX (first time in TX) for the CreativeMornings Global Summit. Left totally convinced that CreativeMornings is one of the great forces of positivity in the world. I'm grateful to get to help steward the local Cincinnati Chapter.



The number one holiday because it's about giving thanks, not giving gifts.

My Favorite Things



Dini Safarrar by Mor Thiam

Every Friday iTunes music shares new music it thinks I will like based on music I liked in the past. I love this feature since it helps me better understand my musical taste and discover new music I'll likely enjoy. Most recently, I've been listening to this album of Senegalese jazz/funk and totally digging it.


The Artic Monkeys
Listened to a great interview of David Hieatt (Do Lectures & Hiut Denim) where he talked about the inportance of not taking yourself too seriously. He references the Artic Monkey's, so I thought I'd give them a try. Been listening to their "Essentials" list on iTunes almost daily ever since.

People (inspiring me)


Megan Trischler (wife)

Follow her (twitter) for as she shares daily lessons learned from real life.


Chris Glass
Been doing a little work with Chris and learning a ton. Among other things, the ability to let go. Check out his People's Liberty Haile Fellowship project Photocorps.



The Observatory
Want to get nerdy about design? Look no further. Michael Beirut and Jessica Helfand's podcast, The Observatory, has become my weekly fix for design thinking and inspiration.



Cancer Survivors Share Hard-Won Lessons On Managing Time Well, Laura Vanderakm

I was journaling about goals in Evernote and this article popped up in the “Context” feature as something I would like to read. Evernote recognized that I was journaling about an interest in yoga teacher training (which I’ve ignored and hid below things that seem more important) and suggested this article because one of the writers wanted to do teacher training too, but kept putting it off. The article’s great and totally relevant to what I was writing. Well done, Evernote algorithm.


Want to Really Make America Great Again? Stop Reading the News, by Ryan Holiday

On our addiction to information (whether real of fake) and how our lives will be much better if we stop reading the news.


Robert Rauschenberg and the Subversive Language of Junk

“I feel strong in my beliefs … that a one-to-one contact through art contains potent peaceful powers and is the most non-elitist way to share exotic and common information, seducing us into creative mutual understandings for the benefit of all.”



The Obstacle is the Way
by Ryan Holiday

The big idea is pretty simple. There is no good or bad situation. Every situation is an opportunity to grow and learn something new. Stop complaining and start changing your perspective.


The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

I've been wanting to learn more about the agile process so I could apply it to my work. I asked Jose Caballer if he had any recommendations and he suggested the Lean Startup. I'm just diving into it, but I'm enjoying the writing style, anecdotes, and general idea that we learn through rapid (non-perfect) experimentation.


A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman

I started this book several years ago, but never finished it. Finally, in 2016, I read it from cover to cover.  Of the books I've read this year, it's probably had the most impact on me. In short, Friedman argues that leadership (parents to presidents) is less about technique and more about your presence or being. That's a new idea to me, but something I've been concurrently exploring through mindfulness and yoga and trying to implement in my life and relationships.



Austin, November  2016
A few of us from Creative Mornings Cincinnati are flying down to Austin for the Creative Mornings Global Summit. This will be my first time in Texas and my first summit. I just love what Creative Mornings is about and cannot wait to be amongst CM people from around the world.

Food and Drink


Second Sight Bourbon Barreled Rum
I used to think I couldn't drink rum as the result of some alcohol abuse in college. I no longer believe that after having the rum from Second Sight Spirits (especially the Bourbon Barreled Rum)


Folk School Coffee Parlor

Just a block down from Second Sight is the Folk School Coffee Parlor. They serve up a delicious cup (roasted by Deeper Roots) in a warm and authentic (folksy) environment. Do yourself a favor and make a day trip to Ludlow, KY and visit these fine folks (and Second Sight, while you're at it).

Shows & Flicks


Parks & Recreation
Love this show. It's optimistic, hilarious, and just plain good. Meg and I started at episode one in mid-October and will try to make it through the whole series.


The Get Down

My friend Joey recommended this show. It's about the beginnings of hip-hop, graffiti, and punk cultures in the Bronx. The show is highly entertaining and, actually, educational. I love grasping the historical context of these movements that birthed so much of what our context, culturally, is today.

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My name is D.J. Trischler and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my wife and adventure partner, Megan Trischler. When I'm not designing, I like to walk in the woods, attempt yoga, read memoirs, and eat gelato.