AIGA-DC visits with Obama's Office of Digital Strategy

  • On January 14, 2013, the DC-chapter of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) toured the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) and met with one White House photographer and four members of President Barack Obama’s Office of Digital Strategy.

    1. Why yes we DO have an appointment! 
    2. Obtain the requisite large-letter-pass-on-lanyard look.
    3. Our group finds the design of this cardboard sign to be "unpresidential." 
    4. To the metal detectors… 
    5. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building houses the offices of a majority of the White House staff. 
    6. The iconic corridors with their diamond floor patterns, and Marines in blue dress uniforms, are quite impressive. 
    7. It is not easy to get to the corner of West Executive Avenue and State Place. 
    8. In 2013, this is Bruce Reed’s office.
    9. Advise us out of this bad economy, damnit! 
    10. Oddly enough, no actual Indian treaties were signed, or broken, in this room. 
    11. The Indian Treaty Room is the the former Navy Department Library Reception Room. 
    12. Creative Director, Kodiak Starr (in grey jacket next to TV), talks about a disasterous project that was mocked on the Colbert Report. 
    13. We met with one White House photographer and four members of the Office of Digital Strategy. 
    14. View of the West Wing from the window of the Indian Treaty room. It was a cloudy, gray day...
    15. "Pebble Beach," just outside the West Wing, where TV reporters conduct live broadcasts. 
    16. A silver star detail on the corner of large marble wall panel. 
    17. Elegantly crafted gold doorknobs feature Navy insignia. 
    18. Latin reads “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”  
    19. Encaustic tiles and my kickass Dr. Marten's mary janes. 
    20. Undoubtedly, both the first and last time, I will ever be in the EEOB.​​​​​​​