Summer 2020: Contributors


Bill Bowen

The co-founder, and now principal of Octane Design in Detroit, Bill studied at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and the Art Institute of Chicago. When not busy producing projects for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau or The Henry Ford, among others, Bill plays drums in two bands and enjoys playing hockey. Find him at

Megan Swoyer

A longtime metro Detroit-based editor and writer, Megan is the editor of Hour Media’s Detroit Design magazine. Her features have been published in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Hour Detroit magazine. When she’s not writing or editing, Megan teaches watercolor painting. She and her husband and their two sons love to spend time at their cottage in Northern Michigan.

James Haefner

An accomplished automotive advertising photographer, Jim’s love of modern design drew him into the architectural world 15 years ago. Today he balances both areas of interest equally, along with a lifetime interest in landscape photography. When not behind his camera, Jim enjoys a round of golf, travel and spending time with his daughter and son. Find him at

Michigan BLUE Magazine Contributor Greg TaskerGreg Tasker

A Traverse City-based freelance writer, Greg enjoys writing about Michigan’s growing wine, beer and spirits industries. A former arts and entertainment editor for the Detroit News, he is the author of two books. Greg’s stories have been published in newspapers around the country and magazines like Backpacker, Parade, Traverse Magazine and BBC Travel. Find him on Twitter @gtasker_dn.

Michigan BLUE Magazine Contributor Amy EckertAmy Eckert

An award-winning travel writer based in Holland, Amy has traveled the globe widely searching out good stories and has contributed to numerous travel books. She is the author of two travel books about Detroit, the most recent is “Easy Detroit Outdoors.” Amy is the past-president of the Midwest Travel Journalists Association. Find her at

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