• The Strip

    While Las Vegas extends beyond The Strip, this posh and glowing 4.2 mile street gets all the attention. Yes, it’s the holy grail for casinos and nightclubs, but take a closer look and you’ll realize it’s much more than meets the eye (and a placemaker’s dream).

    Social Media Worthy Design

    Each building on the Strip puts a lot of attention to decor and theming. This makes the area highly Instagrammable in this age of social media wonder. There are replicas of landmarks from around the world such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas and a giant Egyptian pyramid complete with the Sphinx at Luxor. These extravagant designs extend from the exterior to the interior. When you step into Paris Las Vegas or The Venetian, it will feel as if you are walking along the streets of Paris or the canals in Venice. Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Eiffel Tower in Vegas also has a fancy French restaurant. There is even a large dancing fountain at the Bellagio which lights up and syncs to music.

    Bellagio Fountains at Night
    The amazing fountains at night at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Venetian Las Vegas
    Inside The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Intriguing Attractions

    There’s really no such thing as over-the-top on The Strip. Just a few years ago, they built the largest Ferris wheel in the world. If you’re not deathly afraid of heights, this slow-moving attraction will give you wonderful views of the city. For thrill-seekers, you can ride on a roller coaster, go bungee-jumping, go zip-lining, or teeter 866 feet in the air. Also, there aren’t many other places outside Venice where can you float along in a Venetian gondola!

    High Roller at Night
    The High Roller Observation Wheel at The Linq in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    World-Class Entertainment

    The fun goes beyond gambling and nightlife. It’s home to an assortment of world-class shows ranging from acrobatics to comedy to magic. Many A-list musical acts also currently have or have taken residencies here in the past — Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, Cher…just to name a few. But if hitting the clubs is your thing, then you’ve arrived at the ultimate party destination.

    Mystere Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas
    An acrobat flies up into the air in Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère. Credit: Cirque du Soleil

    Something for Everyone

    The Strip isn’t only a playground for those over 21! It’s family-friendly and there are a number of activities kids can enjoy. There’s Circus Circus which houses kid-friendly rides, fun games on the midway, and free circus acts. For those who love to see and learn about the wonders of the ocean, there’s even a nice aquarium located in Mandalay Bay. And don’t forget the exhibits (such as Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Treasure Island) and magic shows from illusionists like David Copperfield and Mac King!

    Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay
    Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay. Credit: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

    Multi-Functional Event Spaces

    There seems to be a trend in openings of all-purpose venues and the Vegas Strip is definitely following it. Having this kind of space invites people from all over the world to visit and brings lots of new ideas into the area. Events and trade shows are a huge part of Las Vegas and is among the interests of millennials. The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting a futuristic expansion towards The Strip in 2020 and the MSG Sphere, which will be an architectural and technological wonder, is slated to open in 2021.

    The Venetian’s MSG Sphere, which is a multi-functional space, is expected to open sometime in 2021. Credit: Billboard.com

  • Live at Rō

    We created the Live at Rō website for Rō Homes, a brand new community built in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. We matched the clean look of the website to the modern look of the homes. Much like the homes for sale, the website looks composed, yet has loose elements and interesting quirks (such as the intentional offset of the logo) that break it from tradition.

    Rō Homes is located in the hip and trendy Bridge District in West Sacramento. Continuously growing, the Bridge District speaks a lot to great placemaking. They seek to “invigorate the senses” and do so with the numerous art installations and artistically-designed buildings in the area. These beautiful pieces are highly Instagram-worthy and as such they attract crowds, serving as the backdrop for all the exciting things that happen in this urban environment.

    Drakes: The Barn // Designer: Jerry van Eyck | Artist: Jun Kaneko
    This abstract masterpiece is home to Drake’s Brewing Co. and PizzaSmith restaurant.

  • Disney Parks

    Disney Parks are world-renowned for their excellent placemaking and are a great source of inspiration for bringing people together. Walt Disney built Disneyland because he wanted a place that both adults and children would enjoy. He wanted it to be something more than a traditional amusement park.

    Disneyland California Adventure

    The largest of the Disney Parks, Walt Disney World, greatly exemplifies this concept. Disney World has four theme parks and two water parks along with a host of other attractions, such as shopping destination Disney Springs. One of the parks that stand out as being a little different from the others is Epcot. Epcot is a place of knowledge where visitors are invited to learn about history and other cultures.

    Epcot’s Japan Pavilion: Believe it or not…we are still on American soil!

    Tron is a roller-coaster type ride in Shanghai Disneyland designed for people who love speed. It’s unlike any other roller coaster in the way that it feels like you are riding in your own cycle, surrounded by lights at 60 mph.
    Tron Light Cycle Power Run in Shanghai Disneyland

    Disney Parks have thrills for those who seek it, but plenty else to do for those who aren’t keen on big rides. An advanced ride that is relatively new to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is Avatar: Flight of Passage. It’s a must-ride for lions and chickens alike.
    Avatar: Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom

    Millions of people visit Disney Parks annually, but it’s not only a tourist destination. They have seasonal events that also attract locals such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. They are also constantly adding new attractions to encourage repeat visitors and excite people who have previously visited the park.

    Epcot Food & Wine Festival

    There’s truly something for everyone at Disney. They pay great attention to detail, illustrated by the interactive decor they add to long queues in order to keep guests engaged. To those who have been to a Disney Park and enjoyed it: what do you think makes it such a magical place?

  • Roseville Mural Project

    Roseville Mural Project by Blue Line Arts

    “For centuries, public art has been a way to bring communities together and create gathering spaces for residents and visitors alike. With Roseville’s last public arts project coming to an end over a decade ago, our community is long overdue for a creative invigoration.

    The main goal of the Roseville Mural Project is to bring new public art of high artistic quality and enduring value to the city of Roseville. We’re focusing on three unique initiatives: the creation of five new murals in the Downtown Roseville District during the Spring of 2019, a special Veterans Mosaic Mural, and Youth Mural Camp.”

    “Native Florals & Patterns” Madelyne Joan Templeton

    “Junction” Ellie Gainey

    “Harvest” S.V. Williams & Molly Devlin

    “Roses are Blue” Ali Futrell

    “Dorothea Lange” Rafael Blanco


  • Fountains First Friday Street Fair

    Fountains First Friday Street Fair

    It’s summertime, the sun stays out late and there’s a collective excitement at all that’s in store for the weekend…

    From May through October, every first Friday of the month, something happens at Fountains at Roseville that draws the community together and gives family, friends, and neighbors an opportunity to kick off their weekend together with an unexpected afternoon of entertainment.

    Fountains First Friday Street Fair events have grown to become a local favorite in the city of Roseville and surrounding communities. Taking place annually primarily during the Summer months, these free events bring a diverse array of local artisans selling locally and hand made goods, themed car shows, live entertainment, a rotating cast of characters, and so much more! What makes these events unique is, to start, they take place at an outdoor shopping mall that is, in itself, a destination that has long been a favorite for locals to visit for a day out with family, or happy hour with friends. As a place, Fountains at Roseville plays host to these summer events with ease, not so much fading into the background as complementing the many facets of the First Friday Street Fair entertainment. Walking down the tree-lined “Main Street”, you’ll find a premier collection of shops and restaurants punctuated by ornate lamp posts, flower beds, and park benches. In the island that runs through the center is a park-like scene complete with a fire pit, bronze animal sculptures, and the crowning jewel: the majestic fountain that serves as a cornerstone; the heart of Fountains at Roseville. Although you can visit any day of the week all year long and find all of these things, every Fountains First Friday Street Fair you will find that as visitors take in the endless stream of excitement, they will stop at the fountain and watch the animated dance of water and colored lights that moves to the sound of the music streaming through the speakers, while wide-eyed kids, young families, and old friends take their photo in front of the spectacular show and enjoy the sights and sounds of it all.

    With each passing year, Fountains First Friday Street Fair events continue to become increasingly more popular as they grow and evolve, welcoming the community to shop, eat, stroll, and soak up the buzz of excitement on their Friday afternoon.