Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle (our news outlet) will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Raf.
Raf Miastkowski, Content Director
Q: Explain your job position.
A: I'm currently the Content Director at Olio City, a next-gen city-guide app. We feature the best bars, restaurants, and events in our cities (currently Chicago and St. Louis), but we also use a learning algorithm that recommends spots according to user preferences. So, if you're into dive bars but don't like clubs, that's what will pop up in your app when you switch cities. However, my favorite feature is a collection of guides penned by notable locals, such as Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. Those are really fun to check out. In my spare time, I write for Thrillist, and also occasionally for AskMen, Eater, and wherever else I get a chance to. I also coach the men's novice crew at DePaul University Rowing Club.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: My creative process usually starts with a bunch of notes. I'm pretty good at writing down ideas, and I revisit them to figure out if they make sense. If I've been thinking about something for a while, usually a bottle of scotch or a tight deadline (sometimes both) helps get the ball rolling.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: Generally I'm motivated by books and film, especially anything having to do with memory, identity, and people on the fringe of society. When I read or watch something really impressive, it helps to get the creative process going. Currently I'm reading up on the incomparable prestidigitator Ricky Jay.
Q: How did I end up in Chicago?
A: The Berlin Wall fell, stuff happened, and my family moved here. The story is similar for many other Polish families.
Q: What is your experience with Alex?
A: Alex has probably sent me a thousand press releases at this point, but when someone's that friendly and helpful, they tend to stand out.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Raf!