Design Thinking For Strategic Innovation Aims To Make Business More Elegant

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I’m not sure designers would agree, but it feels to me like we’re in a golden age of design. Because as complex as our world (and the technology propelling it) is getting, there’s a stronger need for simple, clear design in our products and surroundings. Idris Mootee takes a closer look at this in Design […]

How Does Office Design Affect Productivity?

Startups have become kind of synonymous with “cool” office design. The exposed ducts, and wide open spaces are commonplace in the tech scene, where employees can sometimes be spotted working from the couch. At any given gaming or tech startup, you’re likely to find a fully stocked fridge and big cushy chairs. Is all this […]

Clean Is The New Black

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Here is some exceptionally good news. According to Digiday, The Banner Industrial Complex Under Threat. “From a publisher’s standpoint, there really is no choice but to go this way,” said David Payne, Gannett’s chief digital officer, of the move away from the banner. “I think we’ve all proven over the last 12 years that the […]

Custom Brand Identity Now Available Off-the-Shelf

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Hessian is a brand without a company, a backwards fabrication from a designer uninterested in how things are typically done. Be that as it may, the idea is generating some press for its creator Ben Pieratt, who now wants to sell his concept and the designs that support it for $18K to an entrepreneur in […]

Modern Dog Finds Itself In A Copyright Dogfight

Anyone in a creative business is susceptible to having others take their work, copy parts of it to incorporate into something new, or steal it outright. Seattle design firm, Modern Dog, has found themselves right in the middle of this problem. A design of theirs, featuring illustrations of “Dogs we know” and “Dogs we don’t […]

Guest Post: The Utility In QR Codes Misunderstood and Undervalued

This is a second guest post from Peter Levitan, a Baby Boomer with a new book out about Baby Boomers offing themselves before they go broke. Agencies and their clients are slow on the uptake when it comes to fully valuing all that technology can deliver, namely a better customer experience. That’s the rap. But […]

Cozy Up To The Consumer

Matthew Creamer of Ad Age has thoughtfully laid out a five-year plan for agency growth. One of the things I find interesting in his assessment is the emphasis on User-Experience Design, a.k.a. UX. User-experience design is too often thought of as a digital-marketing task, ensuring that website and app development meet and ideally exceed usability […]

Guest Post: Are Words Obsolete in Marketing?

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Laura Ries, is president of Ries & Ries, a marketing consulting firm in Atlanta. Laura and her partner/father, Al Ries have co-written six books on branding. In her new book, Visual Hammer, Ries argues that recent marketing successes are visual successes, not verbal ones. As a writer, I’m not certain how I feel about the […]

Guest Post: What Non-Developers Need To Know About HTML5

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This article is by Dian Crawford, a partner at Tilt Agency in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband also own and operate Urban Grind, a coffee shop in Portland’s Pearl District (and a favorite spot for many of the city’s tech workers). I’m not a developer. I’ve written some lines of code in my past, […]

Will The Newspaper Industry Save Itself By Reinventing Online Advertising?

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Local advertisers in New Orleans are not happy about the recent announcement from New York-based Advance Publications that The Crescent City’s daily newspaper, one of the oldest in the nation, will be printed just three days a week starting this fall. “The Times-Picayune has long been a cornerstone of my restaurant group’s local marketing,” notes […]