November Artist of the Month: Emily Eisenhart

Emily Eisenhart is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of an artist and anthropologist, she grew up with a paintbrush in one hand and a field book in the other. She is constantly exploring, and her work is heavily inspired by the textures, patterns, shapes, and natural colors around her.

While painting and illustration are her forte, she often experiments with new styles and media. She has painted on all scales, from tiny portraits to 150-foot murals, and has designed everything from tour trucks to animated videos. Operating at the intersection of the design and art worlds, her work is simultaneously strategic and spontaneous. With a background in Anthropology, she approaches many of her projects as an ethnographer, diving deep into the culture of a place to create dynamic, story-driven artwork.

Prior to opening her own studio, she cut her teeth at the world-class design firm IDEO where she worked with clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an independent artist, she has collaborated with wide-ranging brands the likes of Starbucks, Keds, Madewell, Facebook, Outdoor Voices, and W Hotels, in addition to a diverse array of small and large clients around the country and in her home base of Austin. 

“Working with the team at Miller IDS has been fantastic. As an artist whose projects are wildly diverse, they are a go-to shop for many of my print needs. They’ve helped me on everything from digital prints to hi-res image scanning to custom postcards to color print proofs for large murals. I can trust that they will do an excellent job regardless of what I send their way. The team is dynamic, friendly, helpful (shout out to Dana and her color matching skills!), and professional. They’ve felt very much like a creative partner to me and I’m glad to be able to print locally.” 

To connect with Emily:
Website: and Instgram 




CodeNEXT is Here – Where Can I Learn More?

CodeNEXT is here and Miller IDS wants to help

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite our complicated Land Development Code. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin. It’s Austin’s first major zoning overhaul and it has many people asking questions.

CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) and SMPS (Society of Marketing Professionals) have already held luncheons on the topic. Additionally, city employees have been eager to discuss the plan for months.

From AIA Austin:

CodeNEXT Code Reading Party April 24th; 5:30pm – 8:30pm;
Austin Center for Architecture

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code-which determines how land can be used throughout the city, including what, where, and how much can be built. The draft zoning maps are set to be released! This is a historic step for Austin and one that continues the community discussion on how we will improve the Land Development Code. You can review the draft code here. AIA Austin will host a CodeNEXT Code Reading Party to enable AIA members to gather and discuss the newly released draft zoning map in conjunction with the draft code. There is no question that architects must play a role in this process, and AIA Austin’s Advocacy leaders are very much involved. Please come out and join us for the Code Reading Party and make your voice heard. For more information visit the CodeNEXT page of, or contact David Carroll.

From the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA):

Today, the City of Austin released draft zoning maps as part of the CodeNEXT process, which you can view here. These maps and the draft land development code will go through a series of reviews and amendments through the CodeNEXT Advisory Group, the Planning Commission, the Zoning and Platting Commission and the City Council with expected final implementation in 2018.

Over the next several weeks, RECA will review these maps in context with the draft land development code. Our team of experts will focus on testing the draft code and its outcomes with a close eye on whether it follows the vision laid out by Imagine Austin, the city’s comprehensive plan.

RECA has also joined the Evolve Austin coalition, which includes 24 organizations representing tens of thousands of Austinites. This broad coalition will continue to review the code and provide detailed policy recommendations to City Staff, the consultants and our elected officials throughout the process.

Austin’s land development code was last re-written in 1984 and, as you likely know, has been heavily scrutinized since. Conflicting overlays and contradictory rules have made it difficult for developers and property owners to navigate the City process and deliver quality projects in a reasonable time frame.

Rent is skyrocketing in the North Loop Neighborhood

burnetmarketplaceFrom Austin Business Journal

It’s no secret that rents are rising along with Austin’s economic prosperity. A report from highlights where those rents are rising the fastest.

Median rent citywide in June was up 3.6 percent compared to the same month in 2015, at $1,200 per month for a one-bedroom unit. The jump was driven by increases in places such as the Zilker, North Burnet, Hancock, North Loop and West Campus neighborhoods.

The North Loop in particular stood out: median rent last month was $1,410, up a whopping 13 percent from June 2015. Go here to explore the data on your own, which was compiled by comparing listings on the company’s website.

North Austin has seen a lot of commercial and residential activity in recent years as a relatively affordable alternative to downtown for those living and working in the city center. The Burnet Road corridor, where rent increased 4.3 percent year over year in June, is one of the hottest development zones in the city.

Downtown remains the priciest neighborhood for renters, with a median monthly cost of $2,130 for a one-bedroom unit. Another horde of Luxury apartments continue to deliver in the urban core, especially in East Austin.