Following my colleague’s lead, I have a confession of my own to make. In a former life, I was a cheerleader.

I cheered with the St. Ambrose Angels and the Brunswick High School Blue Devils. I spent my adolescence jumping and tumbling and flying in stunts, chanting and cheering and dancing to clips of “Work It” and “Come on Eileen.”

I decided not to pursue cheerleading in college, but I didn’t stop cheering. Instead, I joined the Ohio State cheering section Block “O.” During football games, we used plastic cards to form pictures and words in support of the team.


If you can design one thing, you can design everything” –Massimo Vignelli

My husband and I are in the midst of buying our first house together. It’s a bit of a fixer-upper but nothing too major. Our first priorities are to refinish the floors, repaint, redo the kitchen, and update the bathroom vanity. The house is nothing like the Modernist glass box I once dreamed of, but it definitely has character.

There are intrinsic features to it that make it objectively beautiful: hardwood floors, mantel, bay window, high ceilings, antique leaded glass. After we refinish the floors, we’ll place the…


I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Brooklyn with four of my coworkers. An all-day client workshop was the reason for the visit but we also squeezed in my first employee review (over tagliatelle, no less) and a team dinner. I spend most of my days away from the Philly office, working in my studio in Baltimore. So it’s refreshing (and fun) to see my colleagues in person.

Happy Cog comprises a small, distributed team working in locations along the East coast. Most of us work out of the Philadelphia office. Others work out of homes or studios in…

Amanda Buck

Mom. Wife. Designer. Educator. Sister. Daughter. Midwesterner. Baker. Yogi. Traveler. Citizen. Human.

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