Q+A | Chris and Becca Jones, creators of the Shapely app

Updated: 2013-01-06T01:51:08Z


The Kansas City Star

JOB DESCRIPTION: He’s senior interactive art director at MMGY Global; she’s marketing manager for Turner Construction. Together, the husband and wife created Shapely, a free mobile app that encourages creativity, ShapelyApp.com

Q. Tell us about your house.

A. Chris: It’s a 1926 Dutch Colonial. It’s in a section of Kansas City called barely Brookside.

Q. You two are big do-it-yourselfers. What’s your next house project?

A. Becca: Repainting the exterior of the house. Slowly.

Q. How would you describe your personal style?

A. Chris: I’m not modern. I like minimal, simple and clean. I think a house should speak to its roots. That’s why we don’t have a lot of Ikea.

Becca: We love the woodwork here. We try to make the bones of the house as accurate as possible. For example, when we remodeled the kitchen, we used wooden cabinets that looked like they could be original to the house. We didn’t do the work ourselves in the kitchen.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Chris: Kansas City postcards. We’ve got them framed all over the house. Our wedding invitation at the Loretto in midtown was based off a vintage postcard. We also collect skeleton keys.

Becca: And architectural stars — that helped inspire Shapely’s logo. I also collect plants, both for a garden in back and in the house. I try to surround myself with as much green as possible. And you could say I collect shoes and scarves.

Q. How did Shapely come about?

A. Chris: I’m good friends with someone who brews his own beer. Since I’m a designer, I worked with him on creating a label. I asked him for his two favorite colors, his favorite shape and two words. It wasn’t high design, but he fell in love with it.

And then, Becca and I took a trip to Austin. I was inspired by all of the shops and food trucks and how creative it is. I thought about opening a shop where people create a design and it’s ready in an hour. And then I thought that’s too formal. An app would work.

Q. How does Shapely work?

A. Chris: It has dozens of shapes, colors, graphics and textures. You can create it as a printable for your own cards and stationery, so it appeals to those who craft or scrapbook.

But it also can be used digitally on Instagram or Pinterest. I just want to stress that it’s not yet another form of social media. It’s just something fun and easy that takes two or three minutes to use. And the result: You’ve created something.

To reach Stacy Downs, House + Home editor and writer, call 816-234-4780 or send email to sdowns@kcstar.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/stacykc.

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