Tamman Tales Issue #1

Tamman CEO Jeff Tamburino stands at a table with a couple coffee checking in with seated members of the design team.

Welcome to Tamman Tales! This is a new platform to showcase what goes on in our company Slack chats. This space might contain fun conversations, recently discovered songs, our favorite cooking recipes, or something we just wanted to share. The content on Tamman Tales is going to be constantly shifting, so get ready for a variety of entertaining information with each installment. If you check out any of the resources listed here, be sure to tell us on social media!

Our Halloween costumes

This year’s Halloween costume lineup was one of our best. We had costumes ranging from superheroes to childhood icons to beloved niche soda. Make sure to bring us to your next costume contest, we’ll bring home the trophy. Special shout out goes to Wally Zielinski for creating multiple costumes!

Wally dressed as Joker from Persona 5, wielding a knife and wearing the school uniform of black blazer and black and red plaid pants.
Wally is looking sharp as Joker from Persona 5
Sam dressed as Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, with a plushie of Liz the Green Lizard. She is wearing a blue long sleeved dress adorned with planets and a white collar.
Sam went as Ms. Frizzle – “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”
Collin is wearing a giant Mountain Dew Baja Blast can. Natalee is wearing a giant Mountain Dew Code Red can.
CODE RED! Collin and Natalee are having a BAJA BLAST!

What we’re listening to this month

Miles Davis’ What’s Love Got to Do With It – from Jose Mazariegos

Ella Fitzgerald’s Heat Wave – from Bill Danbury

The Coasters’ Along Came Jones – from Liza Grant

OneRepublic’s I Lived – from Theresa Tuccillo

Compay Segundo’s Colección Perlas Cubanas #1. (Full Album/Álbum Completo) – from Marty Molloy

What we’ve been reading lately

The black and white cover for the book Mismatch. The cover is a white cover with black lettering and shows an incomplete circle made up of 8 different patterns. Verbiage includes "foreword by John Maeda" underneath Kat Holmes' name and "Design, Technology, Business, Life" at the bottom of the cover.

Kat Holmes’ book explores the modern day reality that consumer products, city transportation, and even everyday buildings are often designed while excluding someone who has experienced a disability from the creation process. To learn what this means for people who live both with and without disabilities, check out this book at your local bookstore or library.

Long-ish quote we’re pondering

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira Glass through our own Emma Barker

Fun fact

After hundreds of years farmers have been able to take the Wild Mustard Plant (Brassica Oleracea) and turn it into six different vegetables by utilizing the entirety of the plant. The most popular vegetables from the plant are broccoli, which comes from the flower’s buds/stems, Brussels sprouts from the lateral leaf buds, and kale from the leaves. The Wild Mustard Plant’s incredible veggie diversity continues by using the terminal leaf buds for cabbage, the flower buds for cauliflower, and the stem for kohlrabi. This plant is doing work for families all across the world.

A list of the vegetables that come from the Brassica Oleracea plant, which are Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi.

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