The Story Behind Mightyvites Hybrid Invitations
How Hybrid Invitations Came To Be
Can print and web media ever work together in a system that leverages the strengths of both?
Acknowledging the ever-changing means of communication today, that was the question our founders pondered over a couple cold ones one balmy summer evening in 2008. The answer came in the form of a hybrid invitation system that we call Mightyvites.
We are owned and operated by a pair of siblings, one a computer programmer, the other a graphic designer and printmaker. Both have an enthusiasm for creative problem solving and collaboration. We prize elegance in simplicity and intelligent approaches to every project. We love the grace and beauty found in both printed matter and hand-written code equally. That's why we created a hybrid system that delivers printed invitations in the mail that are RSVP'd to online.
About The Founders
Chris Stump's attention turned to computing in 1999 when he learned of the Linux operating system. As a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago's anthropology and psychology programs he was intrigued with the open source community that surrounds the OS. Wanting to learn more Chris jumped in head first and absorbed all he could about Linux. While doing so he discovered a passion for computer programming and thus went back to his alma mater in 2001 to complete a master's degree in computer science. During graduate school Chris learned the basics of web programming using the C language at a software firm in Evanston, Illinois. In 2004 he moved to California's Bay Area to work as a Silicon Valley J2EE front end web developer. Despite heavy doses of Java Chris' thirst for programming was not quenched. So in his spare time he began teaching himself Ruby and the Ruby On Rails web framework. In 2009 Chris left his post in California and moved back to his hometown of Chicago. Since then he has worked exclusively with Ruby and Rails both at Mightyvites and at software firms in Chicago.
Stephanie Stump obtained a degree in graphic design from DePaul University in 2001 and later earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and book arts from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She has exhibited her works both nationally and internationally, and her works are included in collections such as the Pratt Institute Artist’s Book Collection, Printed Matter in New York, and the Free Library of Philadelphia Print Collection. She has received numerous awards for her work including a fellowship from the Utsev Mandir Foundation in New Delhi India, where she completed a printmaking residency in 2008. She is passionate about ink on paper, good food, drink, and conversation, travel, music, JCS, and photographing signage, particularly that of the retro-neon variety. To view samples of her work, please visit www.stephstump.com