Creative: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

In an annual tradition, we look back on Dallas Innovates’ most-read stories in each of our buckets of innovation: Startup, Invention, Education, Social, Creative, and Enterprise. Here’s a roundup of the “Top 12” in Creative for 2018.

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As we move into 2019, we’re reflecting on the creative stories behind the people and places that grabbed our readers’ attention this year. Our creative bucket covers innovation in industries such as fashion, architecture, the arts, gaming, film, and media. From residential design projects (Humphreys & Partners) to esports (Mavs Gaming, Esports Arlington Stadium) to the future of art in Dallas (a conversation with Jennifer Scripps), our most popular stories spanned the vast range of creativity in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here are the 12 most-read stories on for 2018.

1. ULI Announces Finalists for North Texas Impact Awards

Influence, Innovation, Public Places, and The Next Big Idea: From Dallas Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place to EpicCentral Grand Prairie to Urban Commons, here’s a look at the projects that made the list of finalists.

ULI Impact Awards 2018

[Photos: Courtesy ULI]

2. Reports: New Skyscrapers Would Add to Dallas’ Tower Trove

Two recent articles piqued our interest on where skyscrapers—an important part of Dallas’ history— fit into the city’s present and future.


AMLI Fountain Place Residences is a 45-story tower being erected next to the newly renovated Fountain Place tower in downtown Dallas. [Rendering: Courtesy Page Sutherland]

3. Dallas Firm Says its Design is ‘Apartment of the Future’

Humphreys & Partners unveiled a Manhattan high-rise residential design project that will integrate AI, drones, and automation as well as be 100 percent sustainable.

architectural  Image: Courtesy Humphreys & Partners]

[Image: Courtesy Humphreys & Partners]

4. Getting in the Game: Arlington Repurposing Convention Center into Esports Stadium

The Esports Arlington Stadium is set to become the largest esports arena in the country.

esports A rendering shows the exterior of the new Esports Arlington Stadium. [Image: Courtesy City of Arlington]

A rendering shows the exterior of the new Esports Arlington Stadium. [Image: Courtesy City of Arlington]

5. Film Commission: $230M in Economic Impact Brought From 2016-17 Dallas Area Filmmaking

Dallas area filmmaking projects have already topped $60 million in economic impact over the first quarter of 2018.


[Photo: oatjo/iStock]

6. Design With a Big ‘D’: Meet 6 UX/UI Experts Delivering Solutions

The Dallas-Fort Worth region has no shortage of thought leaders who are helping create the solutions for some of today’s most popular products, from Ben Judy at 7-Eleven to Ron Dagdag at Thyssenkrupp Elevator. Here are six you need to know.

Rendering of the forthcoming West End Plaza. [Image: James Corner Field Operations]

7. Mavs Gaming to Bring Esports Arena Online in Deep Ellum

The Mavs Gaming facility will be ready in time for season tip-off of NBA 2K in May, opening ahead of the new Arlington Esports Stadium.

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Look Inside: Mavs Gaming Hits ‘Play’ on New Deep Ellum E-Sports Pavilion
Inspired by the Dallas Mavericks team, the gaming center acts as a practice, competition, and relaxation facility for the NBA 2k professionals.

Mavs Gaming

[Image: Mavs Gaming]

8. ‘High-tech Park’ from NY High Line Designer Coming to Dallas’ West End

The West End Plaza at Market and Corbin streets is part of the ongoing developments in the neighborhood where the Dallas Innovation Alliance is piloting smart cities tech.’

west end Rendering of the forthcoming West End Plaza. Image: James Corner Field Operations]

Rendering of the forthcoming West End Plaza. [Image: James Corner Field Operations]

9. Dallas’ Roomored Now Designing Virtual Walk-throughs for Major Homebuilders

Roomored CEO Farrukh Malik believes virtual walkthroughs will be the future of home customization, replacing model homes and eventually eliminating the need for design studios, paint swatches, and samples altogether.

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Farrukh Malik shows how the Roomored platform works. [Photo: Yvena Chowdhury]

10. See the Future of Home Decor in Dallas Market Center’s ‘Innovation Petting Zoo’

As part of the upcoming Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, retailers and interior designers can experience unique, cutting-edge furniture and decor products that show form doesn’t have to be compromised for advanced function.

NanoLeaf Aurora modular light panels can event "dance" to your music. [Photo: Nanoleaf]

NanoLeaf Aurora modular light panels can event “dance” to your music. [Photo: Nanoleaf]

11. The Creatives: Rise of the Makers

From unprecedented inventions to never-before-considered concepts, our region is fostering the ascension of businesses born by artists, artisans, and creators.

Bandaloop performing at KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts. [Photo: Michael Samples]

Bandaloop performing at KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts. [Photo: Michael Samples]

12. Jennifer Scripps: ‘I Want To See The City Of Dallas Embrace Art In A Different Way.’

“We certainly can, and will,” says the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs about forging a new future for the arts in Dallas.

[Photo: Courtesy Jennifer Scripps]

[Photo: Courtesy Jennifer Scripps]


Year In Review: Our Top 10 Most‑Read Stories of 2018

Startup: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

Social Innovation: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

Education: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

Invention: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

Enterprise: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

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Dallas Innovates 2018: Creators to Watch
From fashion and gaming to film and interior design, these companies and creatives are known for innovation.

North Texas Fashion Startups Make Big Impact With Style
From fashion crafted by female artisans around the world to the test launch of a new ZIP code-based shopping app, fashion enthusiasts in DFW are creating brands that make a difference and are changing the industry.

Not Sure Which DFW Makerspace Is Right For You? Here’s Your Guide
The makerspace community is thriving in Dallas-Fort Worth and has something to offer everyone from video gamers and podcasters to quilters and graphic designers. Scattered all over the region and ranging from two members to 1,200, read this list of makerspaces to find your perfect fit.

EXPLORE: Makerspaces, Innovation Centers, Incubators, and More
Be a part of a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Dallas-Fort Worth. The same landscape that fosters our largest companies also spurs explosive growth in our smallest. It’s easy to find support through one of our many coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators, makerspaces, and innovation centers. This list has been compiled by the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC). Although the information in this list is presented in good faith and believed to be correct, DRC makes no representations or warranties as to the completeness or accuracy of the information.

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