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Our Mixtapes, Ourselves

by Ashley Lusk · January 14, 2016

This year we added a Sonos machine to our office, allowing anyone to contribute to an office-wide playlist anonymously. And while we've all been exposed to music we might not have selected for ourselves, we've also surely developed an appreciation for the myriad and eclectic tastes that can exist among 37 people. This communal playlist provides us a sense of community—a shared attempt to drown out the Chinatown buskers on their fifth rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," and more recently, an all-day Bowie lovefest.

This year we also continued our tradition of curating and sharing personal playlists. Participation is not required and no judgement is levied for selections, although I think you'll see that the lists have been influenced by the Sonos activity. Equal-parts homage to our plucky punk roots and appreciation for the dying art of making mixtapes, our colleagues' contributions to this tradition continue to surprise and delight us.

In fact, I think you'll find that the lists below are some of our best ever.

The Rules

  • No actual tapes can be distributed. Digital files only
  • Collections must fit on a standard capacity CD (or 74 minutes total running time)
  • Lists can be thematic, even if only to you.
  • This is not a hipness competition. We get down to both Dolly Parton and Fugazi.
  • Mixspot is about personal expression. No judging. Art is subjective. There is no winner.

Chris Davis, Software Engineer

“This playlist makes me feel like I'm back at WMUC 88.1FM.”

Listen to Chris’s Mixspot playlist

Ted Whitehead, Front-End Engineer

“These are songs I discovered in 2015 thanks to Spotify (plus some I just like).”

Listen to Ted’s Mixspot playlist

Elizabeth Barth, Associate Creative Director

"Songs that found me in 2015 and got me through the days. Particularly track 12, which Bjork went on record to say that it is her favorite song of all time."

Listen to Elizabeth's Mixspot playlist

William Colgrove, Co-Founder

"It's 8 songs in 25 minutes."

Listen to William's Mixspot playlist

Sara Pasch, Project Manager

"This went a different way than I thought when I started it. My original playlist was along the theme of 'dancing in your office chair' and I deemed that too distracting for potential playing on Sonos. This one is a little bit more subdued, and the general theme is 'Yes, we had hip hop in Indiana'"

Listen to Sara's Mixspot playlist

Daniel Boggs, Software Engineer

"If you know anything at all about my musical tendencies you probably know I like a little bit of Metal and a whole lotta fuzzy (stoner) Rock. Even less people know that I am also a huge fan of acoustic string music (mostly in the realm of American Folk). This is a wide-brimmed hat tip to the latter... a mix of some traditional bluegrass, “new” grass, alternative country, and a bit of indie-folk. Either make a cowboy coffee, crack a cold one, pour a whiskey, or maybe even have a redneck margarita for maximum enjoyment."

Listen to Daniel's Mixspot playlist

Jack Nank, Project Manager

"For better or worse, Spotify's Discover Weekly feature drove much of my music consumption last year, so I thought it would fitting for my Mixspot 2015 to be a greatest hits of tracks that appeared in my Discovery Weekly. Not all of these tracks are necessarily new to me, but each in its own way led me down a fruitful musical wormhole at one time or another during 2015."

Listen to Jack's Mixspot playlist

​What We'll Miss About Columbia Heights

by Ashley Lusk · May 21, 2015

Ten years is a long time to be in a single place. From our corner of Columbia Heights, we've watched a neighborhood transition, gentrify, change. In our time here, we've found our neighborhood hangouts that celebrate our love of dive bars, coffee and good food.

Saying Goodbye to Columbia Heights

by Bill Barbot, William Colgrove · May 19, 2015

A few days from now, Threespot will be moving from its current office in Columbia Heights, to its new location in Chinatown. As we leave behind our Columbia Heights location, we reflect on the 10 years it has provided us inspiration, community and most importantly, a home.

5 Ways to Give Selfishly This Holiday Season

by Ashley Lusk, Anna Smith · December 02, 2014

We realize that finding motivations for giving—between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the impending holiday season—can be a little tough. That's why we're giving you 5 selfish reasons to cut a check to your favorite charity this Giving Tuesday.

Threespot Designs T-shirts For a Good Cause

by Ashley Lusk · November 12, 2014

Here at Threespot, we’re in the business of helping the good guys. So, when AIGA DC asked us to join their “10 for 30” fundraising campaign in celebration of their 30th anniversary, naturally, we were game.

Fiesta Forever

by Jamie Gaughran-Perez · October 16, 2014

Threespot loves Fiestaware. Over the years we’ve seen some odd behaviors emerge around our Fiestaware. From designers who insist on intentional mug-plate color combinations, to information architects and their maybe-pathological need to match and organize the cupboards, to a culture of mysticism that has emerged around the rarer items in our collection–the lone pink mug.

Site Launch: Living Cities

by Anna Husain · September 22, 2014

Over the weekend, we helped Living Cities launch their new site. Like with children, you're not supposed to have favorites, but I don't mind saying the launch of the new Living Cites website has been one of my favorite projects. It has challenged our team in all the right ways, inspired us to take development and functional risks that pushed us outside of our boundaries and further, introduced us to a client that follows one of our main pillars of success: collaboration.

Spotlight on Daniel Boggs

by Elizabeth Barth · September 09, 2014

This month, we sat down with the newest addition to our tech team at Threespot, Daniel Boggs.

Nothing is a Mistake

by Ashley Lusk · August 28, 2014

Sister Corita Kent said, "Nothing is a mistake. There's no win, there's no fail, there is only make.

After a Failure: Batman-level Brooding

by Ashley Lusk · August 27, 2014

"[After a failure] I wish I could say that I get up and try again right away, but it usually comes down to me brooding a lot. Like... Batman-level brooding."