Focusing on Hillary and Equality

Hillary and Equality

I agree strongly with a phrase from an article I read in The Nation:

“It’s the inequality, stupid.”

This statement from the closing of “To Beat a Nasty, Brutish Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Will Have to Do Something Different” clarified for me the underlying discontent, anger, and dismay being voiced by so many Americans. Whether they are Hillary advocates (like myself), disaffected Bernie Sander’s supporters, Trump fans, or those looking to third-parties, everyone is troubled by the uneven playing field, manipulation of journalists and traditional media, outrage at the continued abuses of power, and an overwhelming feeling that we are being manipulated and treated unfairly. The American promise that we are all created equal, has been lost.

Dear America, I can see you are afraid right now.

America, I can see you are afraid right now.

You are afraid of white people. You’re afraid of the police. You are afraid of black people. And Muslims. You’re afraid of women. And men. You’re afraid of gays and lesbians and transgender peoples. You’re afraid of people with guns. And you’re afraid of people taking your guns away. You are afraid of the rich. And the poor. You’re afraid of Trump Touters, Bernie Bros. & Hillary Huggers. You’re afraid of Christians. And of Jews.

When we are afraid, we do one of three things: We fight. We flee. Or we freeze. Our challenge is to not do any of these things.

Why I’m for Hillary

Hillary for president


Months of guidebooks and google maps are finally going to pay off as we embark on our excellent adventure. I’ve wanted to see the medieval and gothic cathedrals of France, the chateaux of the Loire, the Flemish masters of Belgium and Mont San Michel forever. We’ll be wandering around but not in, Paris. As we circle the city, counterclockwise, I’m looking forward to days of not knowing where or what or how, but to soak in the beauty and the culture. I’ll butcher le langue francais as I go, but I’ll try my best not to. I’ll take a thousand or so photos, maybe some video, jot some things down here and soak up as much as Flemish and French-Ness as possible. We’ll gather our list of things we love that we want to continue at home, so that our trip changes our life back home too. And we’ll bring home lots of stories about mishaps, close calls, surprises, mistakes, gifts and grace. Because that’s why we travel, after all.

Create Everyday: Day 2


Day Two: look through something nostalgic

Sketchbooks are my favorite thing to look through for nostalgia. At my best, I documented what was going on around me, what I was interested in, drew well and noted lots of interesting details about my life at the time. At my worst I fill pages with doodles that mean nothing. In any case, they often dredge up a lot of nostalgia for me.

I did the sketchbook project a while ago. You buy a moleskine, fill it and then send it to the organizers where it will be on view forever. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand it’s cool to have something in the collection. On the other hand I feel sad that I lost all the work in it. I did scan it all so I know what’s in there, but it’s not the same as paging through my actual sketchbook.

I have a some of my sketchbooks on my Flickr.

Create Everyday/12 Days: Day 1

My friend Kari has created an amazing creative life and her blog about her mission to Create Everyday is an inspiration for me. Yesterday she sent out an invitation to be part of a creative challenge called Create Everyday: the Twelve Days of Christmas. At the bottom of her invitation it said, “be courageous.” Loved that. Loved the idea. Joined.

Here is Day One: Make a list using your non-dominant hand

For me, that’s my left hand. And this morning as I was walking the skyways of St. Paul, I thought about how much I love cities. I love their history, their organization, their urban structures, their character and the characters that live in them. So, I brought those two things together, list, left and cities.

Here is my List of Cities I have Left.

Cities I have left

Januska On changes its focus

I am going to shift the focus of this site from my professional work to my personal work. Since there is a lot of overlap between the two, I hope you, dear reader, will forgive any redundancies you find here. The blog has been dormant for over a year and a half and much of the work posted is brand and design related. Moving forward I’m going to recast it to it’s original, original vision which is reflected in the name.

Januska On


Januska on art
Januska on culture
Januska on creativity
Januska on whatever I’m on at the time.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.


GLBT sentiment in 2000, an infographic

"What's it like to be gay in America?" infographic

This infographic represents my look at the sentiments of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans in 2000. There isn’t a lot of hard data about the lives of the GLBT community. While there is a lot of anecdotal information, wonderful storytelling of our history and even good documentaries about our lives, quantified open data is hard to come by. This study, done 13 years ago shows the state of insecurity and lack of safety many GLBT felt and demonstrates the toll taken by inequality and homophobia.

Now, as the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down DOMA and sent Proposition 8 back to California, we stand at the beginning of a new era for GLBT people. I’d love to see this study replicated to do a comparison over time and update this sentiment graph. And as GLBT people feel less threatened and more willing to come out, hopefully they will be more willing to participate in data gathering exercises that will help us create a true picture of life in America as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered person.

If you have access to data that warrants a data visualization approach, I would love to hear from you and see what we can see in your data.


Top 25 Advertising Agencies Minnesota — infographic


Top 25 Advertising Agencies in Minnesota Infographic

What do the top agencies in Minnesota look like?

When I learned that Minneapolis/Saint Paul are considered the sixth most creative cities in the nation, I was interested to look at the ways agencies added to the creative community. This infographic seeks to visualize the scale and opportunities of advertising agencies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul. Here I try to show the relationships of gross billings, total revenue and size of staff. Some key data goes unreported with four of the top six agencies not reporting gross billings. Still, we can see the some interesting themes when paired with data from the creative vitality index in the twin cities. For instance, all five of the top creative occupations are directly influenced by agency business. This gives me another way to really consider the scale and impact of agencies in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities Business Magazine
Creative Vitality Index

An Overview of Start-up Marketing—Infographic

An overview of start-up marketing

As I continue to build my start-up I have had great conversations with other entrepreneurs about what a start-up needs to market themselves. One lifelong entrepreneur told me he wished he could draw the process. This graphic is my view of what we need to create and manage as we build our businesses. Marketing for start-ups can be overwhelming. This process flow provides both an overview and breaks down marketing into individual actions.

Original content by Carla Januska, inspired by information from Marketing Management, 14e.

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