Over 1,500 names are on our Wall of Awesomeness

By Leslie Jensen-Inman, Ed.D


Over 1,500 backers helped make Center Centre a reality by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign. To thank them, we’ve added their names and logos to our Wall of Awesomeness. Each name or logo was individually laid out and printed on one of 2,000 stickers. Then, each sticker was caringly applied to the wall by our Center Centre team.

So many walls to choose from

We knew we wanted to create a Wall of Awesomeness at Center Centre, but we weren’t sure which wall to choose. There were a lot of walls to choose from in our nearly 7,000 square feet of space. We searched the space to find the perfect location. We chose a wall next to the entrance. Walk off the elevator, turn right, and you’re welcomed by the words we live by, “Make Awesomeness.”

When you enter our space, one of the first things you see is the Wall of Awesomeness. When you enter our space, one of the first things you see is the Wall of Awesomeness

Designing the wall

After choosing the wall, the next step was to design an experience that showcased the incredible support of our backers. We brainstormed, sketched, and iterated. We wanted to honor our backers in a way that was visually interesting and that showed it takes many people working together to truly make awesomeness.

We consulted with several printers on making our idea a reality. Together, we concluded the best option was to print individual stickers onto reappliable adhesive vinyl. This would allow us to apply, remove, and reapply stickers as we implemented the design.

We printed each backer’s name or logo on these stickers. To add visual depth and interest, we used three shades of purple and six different sizes. The size of each sticker was determined by the backer’s contribution level.

We printed the names and logos of our 1,500+ backers on vinyl stickers. We printed the names and logos of our 1,500+ backers on vinyl stickers.

Implementing the design

We found ourselves standing among countless sheets of stickers staring at a blank, white wall. It was time to change the wall into something special.

Using a projector, we projected “Make Awesomeness” onto the wall. Then, we lightly traced the letters with pencil. The first stickers we added to the wall were small, fill-in stickers. These stickers allowed us to define the letters’ edges, reserving larger printed stickers for the negative space around the letters. We left the white wall exposed to reveal the message. Sticker by sticker, our Wall of Awesomeness began to emerge.

We projected We projected "Make Awesomeness" onto the wall, then traced it lightly with pencil.

Sticker by sticker, we added the names of our Kickstarter backers to the wall. Sticker by sticker, we added the names of our Kickstarter backers to the wall.

No designer or educator could resist the temptation to fill negative space with stickers. No designer or educator could resist the temptation to fill negative space with stickers.

The final product

After six hours of up close examination, evaluation from a distance, rearranging names, and covering gaps with tiny stickers, we were finished. The Wall of Awesomeness came together even better than we had imagined.

After six hours of solid team effort and an abundance of stickers, the wall was complete. After six hours of solid team effort and an abundance of stickers, the wall was complete.

Visit us to view the Wall of Awesomeness

If you’re ever in Chattanooga, we invite you to meet us, tour our space, and view our wall. Let us know when you’ll be in town and we’ll schedule a time to meet.

View our digital Wall of Awesomeness.

Donate to our scholarship fund and we’ll add your name to the Wall of Awesomeness

Help us create the next generation of UX designers. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Center Centre Make Awesomeness Scholarship through the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. After you donate, we’ll print your name on a sticker and add it to our wall.


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