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.



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

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.



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.



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.

It's Currently June


Over the last several months I've been collaborating with Chris Glass on the new site design of Joyent.com 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.



Meg's in the UK, I'm going south
Megan will be in the UK attending an amazing little conference called The Do Lectures. In the meantime, I'm headed south to visit some friends in Tennessee and Georgia.





















The Life of Pablo, Kanye West
Haven't spent a whole lot of time with the album yet, but I like how Kanye has released versions of his album in iterations a lot like an app or software.


A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead
Became a big fan of these guys in design school and continue to be inspired by their work.


The Complete Collection, Fleet Foxes
Feels like a proper segue from Lord Huron.



Mike Demsey
Dempsey designed English National Opera logo among other notable assignments.


Chris Glass
Been doing a little work with Chris and learning a ton. Among other things, the ability to let go.


Ladislav Sutnar

He's always been a favorite of mine, but I've been looking to Sutnar even more recently for inspiration from his design of information.



99% Invisible
A design podcast for everyone, even non-designers.


The New Yorker Radio Hour
I could never get through its articles, but I've always liked the idea of The New Yorker. The podcast was made for me.


Modern Love
Stories about love read by famous people, like Jason Alexander.



Putting Work in it's Place, by Kate  Kiefer Lee
Enjoyed the idea of following  needs instead of following dreams.


How Kanye West Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Love Imperfection, by Michael Rock
Tough one for me, but a great reminder.


What You Can Learn About Making Better Decisions From One of Baseball’s Greatest Hitters, on Farnam Street.
It's all about knowing which pitches to swing at.










Australia, 2015
Visited in 2015 with Megan. She was asked to tell her story at a rural design conference. We went to Sydney, Melbourne and a little place called Mildura.


South Sudan, 2013
Tagged along with my friend Noel for a month in 2012 while he was conducting preliminary research for his PHD.


The West Bank/Israel, 2008
Spent a month living in Bethlehem and exploring it's surroundings with my friend Austin.

Food and Drink


PSA by Madtree
I love an IPA, but I can't handle the alcohol volume. The PSA is under 5% and still have a great flavor.


La Palma by Deeper Roots
This was my first true coffee. Where I first started to taste the flavors. It was also the first coffee I made with our home chemex setup.


Having recently read Eat, Pray, Love by Liz Gilbert, I've been inspired to indulge in one of Italy's greatest exports.



Veep season II
Recently started watching Veep after hearing Julia Louis-Dreyfus on The New Yorker Radio Hour. She plays an incompetent Vice President of the United States. Often painful to watch, but so funny.


Classic. What can I say?


The West Wing
Another classic. Why can't someone like President Bartlet run for office?

*Lists are always changing, but there are never more then 3 bullets per list.

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