Archive for the ‘Creative’ Category

ICYMI: What’s New and Next in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Today

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

News travels fast, and we’re here to help you keep up.

Every weekday, Dallas Innovates brings you up to date on what you may have missed in the region’s innovation, technology, and impact news. From startup to enterprise, education to invention, and creative to social innovation, here’s our daily mix of what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.

A Slice of Fashion: Plano-Based Pizza Hut Drops Tastewear Line

Posted by David Seeley

Someone at Plano-based Pizza Hut is about to get a big raise—if they aren’t moved to a dark basement with their stapler swiped. Yep, those photos are real: Pizza Hut just dropped its first-ever streetwear line.

Pizza Hut has innovated pizza, so why not innovate consumer fashion?…

These North Texas Innovators Had ‘The Last Word’

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These quotable North Texans inspire, inform, motivate, or simply make us laugh.

Have wise words of your own? Let us know.  You can also sign up here to get “The Last Word” in the Dallas Innovates e-newsletter each weekday.


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“Most people settle when turning on the remote.

Bart Weiss Looks Back at 35 Years of Dallas VideoFest, Before Its Last Hurrah This Fall

Posted by David Seeley

From his days as a “VJ” at On the Air bar on Lower Greenville in the early 1980s, Bart Weiss has been Dallas’ greatest champion of video arts, films, and experiences. In 1986 he gave video’s early promise a boost by launching Dallas VideoFest—an annual showcase of offbeat works of visual art and film.

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Here Are 15-Plus Opportunities for Dallas Innovators

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas is a big place, with plenty of opportunities. 

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, recognition programs, and available grants innovators can apply for. Keep in mind that application information may change at any time, so check the official websites for the latest details.…

Frito-Lay CMO Tells Brands to “Innovate or Die” With 10 Tips for Making Innovation Your Secret Weapon

Posted by David Seeley

You can’t learn from a Cheeto. But you can learn a lot from the people who market it—like why brands need to Innovate or Die. That’s the title of a session presented weeks ago at the Cannes Lions festival by Rachel Ferdinando, SVP and CMO of Dallas-based Frito-Lay North America, and Margaret Johnson, chief creative officer of Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

Calendar: Not-to-Miss Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. 

But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, things to do are a little different. We’ve rounded up a few events and activities for innovators so you can stay involved from the comfort of your home or six feet away.

Flex in Demand: Venture X Partners with Standing Desk Innovator Vari

Posted by David Seeley

As companies invite their employees back to the workplace, flexibility is in great demand. To meet the growing trend of coworking spaces, shared workspace company Venture X has formed a new partnership with Dallas-based standing desk pioneer Vari to offer flexible solutions to its franchisees.

Rory McIlroy Invests in Dallas-Based Drive Shack’s Puttery

Posted by David Seeley

Golf superstar Rory McIlroy has always been great at putting. Now he’s driving his way into the business of golf entertainment. Dallas-based Drive Shack announced today that McIlroy and his investment partnership, Symphony Ventures, are investing $10 million in Puttery, Drive Shack’s newest competitive socializing and entertainment golf experience.

Snack Strong: Frito-Lay’s New $5M Doritos Campaign Is Amplifying the Voices of Black Founders and Creators

Posted by Bella Pinera

Last year, Doritos launched its #AmplifyBlackVoices initiative to take meaningful action and push for real change when it comes to social equity. To further this mission, Doritos—a brand from Plano-based Frito-Lay—is now launching SOLID BLACK to share stories of Black joy, strength, and resilience. 

Dallas’ Envy Gaming Invests in ‘Livestream Sidekick’ Botisimo

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-headquartered Envy Gaming, one of the world’s largest esports and entertainment organizations, has made a strategic investment in fellow Dallas local Botisimo, a provider of comprehensive tools for streamers, to extend the duo’s longtime relationship.

The move brings two major emerging players in the North Texas esports scene together.…

After Battling Nike in the Supreme Court, Dallas-based YUMS Relaunches Its Streetwear Brand

Posted by David Seeley

When shoes go to court they usually squeak down a lane toward the net. But Dallas-based YUMS got sidelined when it launched its Sweet Series sneakers—and Nike made a federal case out of it. The complex lawsuit was resolved in 2013 with a unanimous 9-0 Supreme Court decision.

Dear Giana: 12-Year-Old Dallas Creative Partners With Nike to Promote Its Global Air Max Accelerator Program

Posted by Bella Pinera

Dallas-based artist Dear Giana has formed a new partnership with Nike to bring her sketches to life—with the intent to revamp tomorrow’s sneaker culture.

Giana was one of three chosen to collaborate with the sneaker and apparel giant for its Air Max Accelerator program, which was created to “embody the inventive spirit of Air Max,” one of Nike’s iconic shoe styles.…

Electric Gamebox, an Immersive Group Gaming Platform With Locations in The Colony and the U.K., Raises $11M in Series A2

Posted by David Seeley

When people got together for fun, they used to play charades. Today’s real-life game players hunger for something a little more high-tech and experiential—and they’ve found it in Electric Gamebox. The immersive group gaming platform has locations in three U.K. cities and one just north of Dallas, in the Grandscape shopping center in The Colony.

Immersive Van Gogh Opens at Lighthouse Dallas, a New Arts Venue in Downtown’s East Quarter

Posted by David Seeley

Update: Canadian company Lighthouse Immersive delayed the Dallas opening for the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, with tickets being rescheduled or refunded. You can learn in the DMN’s report more here.

You won’t need a secret handshake to get into the Masonic Temple in downtown Dallas.

The Perot Museum Goes Hollywood With Season One of “The Whynauts” Online Kids Series

Posted by Alex Edwards

One kid flies over skyscrapers, then stumbles on a rattlesnake in a box canyon. Another meets a coyote in the Cedar Ridge Preserve and uses a holographic disk to encounter a teeth-gnashing beaver. Every episode of “The Whynauts” brings a fun adventure in science—through the magic of a green screen, digital effects, and VR and AR simulations.

Innovative Spaces: Fort Worth’s Foundry District is Getting a Bite-Size Version of the Iconic Sweet Tooth Hotel

Posted by Alex Edwards

Published May 19, 2021; Updated June 5, 2021
The Sweet Tooth Motel officially opened on Saturday, June 5. Find tickets for exclusive motel entry and the lobby installation here. The Foundry District also has a new date for its grand opening celebration: Friday, June 18.

Innovative Spaces: Space, Place, and Culture in Business

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

In this series, Dallas Innovates goes behind the scenes to take a look at businesses in North Texas driving creativity, culture, and collaboration through their innovative spaces.

innovative spacesThese inspiring places in the Dallas-Fort Worth region break down the walls of tradition.…

Dallas-Based Conversational AI Service Novo Labs Acquired by SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions

Posted by Quincy Preston

Novo Labs, a Dallas-based provider of conversational AI for restaurants, was acquired by SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions, per CIBC Cleary Gull. The investment bank advised SYNQ3, a Colorado-based tech company that serves up restaurant automation, technology, and other off-premise solutions.

Novo Labs, which was founded in 2017 by Clinton Coleman and Jeff Loukas, turns voice interactions into digital transactions that can be personalized and optimized.…

El Peso Hero Comic Book Series Surpasses 10th Anniversary Kickstarter Goal; Movie In Works

Posted by David Seeley

Hector Rodriguez III wears many hats—and all of them are a little heroic. A McKinney ISD fifth-grade bilingual teacher by day, he’s a comic book creator once the final bell rings—known for his 10-year series of El Peso Hero adventures. 

The co-founder and CEO of Rio Bravo Comics didn’t stop there.…