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The Neon Museum

 

Last week,  I hopped onto a plane at Salt Lake International Airport and forty five minutes later, landed in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Now, I'm not a huge fan of the typical Vegas vacation.  Shopping, gambling, drinking and wandering through crowded and confusing casinos seems like a gentle hell to me.  So my mom, sister and I looked for some sights off the beaten path and the first place that came up was, The Neon Museum.  

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The Neon Museum is a museum of retired neon signs.   Yep, just about every time a hotel is bought, sold or rebranded the Neon Museum adds something new to the collection.  Essentially, The Neon Museum is the place where Las Vegas' neon signs go to rest. But somehow, in this outdoor boneyard of Vegas' neon past, these signs are reborn into beautiful sign-posts of bygone eras. We caught the last daylight tour, (they give tours at night and the signs are lit up) and it was so cool.  The tour guide talked about the history, design and technology of the most famous signs and each story was surprisingly interested.  This neon sign lens of Las Vegas history gave all of us on the tour some interesting insight and appreciation for the strange and sordid history of Las Vegas. 

As a design and marketing nerd and a total nostalgia junkie,  I was fascinated by the different eras of design we could see in each sign. From the Atomic Age design of the original Stardust sign to the Disney movie-inspired, giant skeleton head from Treasure Island, the last eighty years of graphic design can be viewed inside of this special little place. 

Here are some of the photos from our expedition.  PS - if you're thinking of visiting the museum- be sure to book your tour a day in advance.  The Neon Museum has a huge collection and they are expecting to expand in the next few years so they can show more of the these neon giants.

neon sign museum las vegas
neon museum las vegas
The stars of the old Stardust casino sign rising behind the old Treasure Island pirate.

The stars of the old Stardust casino sign rising behind the old Treasure Island pirate.

neon museum las vegas
neon museum las vegas
The sign from the Moulin Rouge, the hotel that paved the way to racial integration in Las Vegas.  It only stayed open for something like 2 months but it was ground breaking. 

The sign from the Moulin Rouge, the hotel that paved the way to racial integration in Las Vegas.  It only stayed open for something like 2 months but it was ground breaking. 

The Yucca Hotel sign, an early example of neon technology.  

The Yucca Hotel sign, an early example of neon technology.  

 

Kinabuti, Nigeria's Best Ethical Fashion Label

There is nothing I enjoy more than doing work that is in line with my beliefs! If I can't get behind the brand, I don't really want to put my energy into making it a better brand. I truly believe in the goodness of people and think that from the food we eat, to the clothing we wear, we can make responsible decisions, and in doing so we strengthen communities instead of damaging them. I do my best to buy goods that ensure fair wages and working conditions because I believe our individual choices can create global change. This is the reason I started working with Kinabuti Fashion Initiative. The brand is part ethical fashion label part non-profit. (Ethical fashion is an approach to design, resources and manufacturing of clothing which which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the negative impact on the environment). The people at Kinabuti are constantly creating educational and community improvement programs to improve local economies in Nigeria. From the conception of the designs to the dying of the fabrics to the sewing of every stitch, Kinabuti brings empowerment, income and education to Nigerian communities. Here is a video I edited for them recently for their entry in the annual Fashion Crowd Challenge. The video was projected on the runway in Lagos and Milan and at other Kinabuti events. Kinabuti's outstanding clothing will be available in Utah during the Sundance Film Festival and will soon be available online.