Things to do in Denver when you’re a designer

We’re looking for a new USA-based home for O Street. With a booming craft beer industry, burgeoning tech scene and tons of sun, Denver Colorado is a good bet. Here’s a few designerly things we got up to in the mile high city amid hangovers and altitude sickness.

Type safari

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You can’t beat grungy old type. Graphic leftovers from the industrial age are always a designer’s highlight in American cities, and Denver’s got them.

Play ball

O Street supports the Tigers and Cubs, but we couldn’t argue with watching the sunset over the mountains from Coors Field. With rooftop tickets going for $15—and the Rockies doing great this year—it’s a steal.

Imbibe some craft

Craft beer is gaining traction in the UK, but Colorado has been the beating heart of the movement in the US for decades. The range of beers available are great research (that’s our excuse for all the taproom receipts) and it tastes good, too. We were treated to tours at New Belgium and Odell, learning a lot about craft production and packaging.

Skate

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This was the scene from our window on a Wednesday. Sadly, we’d left the longboard in Glasgow.

Hit the Road

It’s a must with the mountains nearby—rent a car and head for the hills. Just take it easy on the 90’s movie quotes or you may bring the driver to tears.

Get colourful

RiNo #denver #summer #streetart #graffiti

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Denver, especially the RiNo neighbourhood, is a treasure trove of street art and graffiti. Grab a kombucha for the road and soak in the colour.

Be happy

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The creative scene in Denver is a social one. We hustled over to a happy hour generously organised by RJ Owen of CreativeMornings Denver. There were beers, ax-throwers, and one of the voices behind the fantastic Sprint Podcast. Treat your ears and give it a listen!

Sign hunting

Well, we wouldn’t be good graphic designers if we didn’t take photos of random signs. Digesting visual vernacular is second only to local eats when it comes to getting to know a new place.

Our take? Colorado is up to its ears in beer and culture—we’re in.

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