Portland’s Other Powerhouse, Ziba Design, Helping Take China’s Top Sports Brand To The Next Level

I was intrigued by a four paragraph story in The Oregonian today. Here it is, in part: Li Ning Co., China’s largest footwear and apparel maker, plans to open a Portland store in January that will be its first outlet outside Asia. Li Ning already has a research and development center in the Pearl District. […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Dave Selden’s Fleas

Dave Selden is Design Director at Pop Art and he has some advice for how to present a design portfolio, but the advice is applicable beyond design. Selden also recounts his migration story (he’s from Iowa). When I moved to Portland in 2001 without a job, it was in pretty tough economic times. Most agencies […]

Shouldn’t Landing Pages Be Called Departure Pages?

I stumbled upon two killer landing pages this week. One from Jody Ferry and one from Adelle Charles. I love how minimal and how visual both introductory pages are. There’s so much to take in on the Web–it’s nice to see these professional communicators make non-taxing first impressions. Share

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Cows Aren’t Just For Tipping Anymore

Omaha’s Oxide Design scored with their poster series for Big Omaha, a tech conference conducted in the Silicon Prairie last May. The posters are featured in Communication Art’s Design Annual 50, which arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Share

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ben’s Cork Cards

Ben Sellon is a 25-year old copywriter living in Portland and looking for work. Naturally, he mingles with industry types and hands out his card. But in Ben’s case it’s not just a business card that he hands out. Rather, it’s a hand-made statement about his DIY ethos, his willingness to get his hands dirty […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ziba’s Sustainable Digs

Portland’s Ziba Design is a big deal. Almost as big of a deal as Wieden + Kennedy is, but in design, not advertising, circles. According to Fast Company, Ziba’s new 56,000 square foot headquarters in Portland’s Pearl District provided a chance for the firm to walk its talk and create a much more public presence […]

Want to Get Off The Grid? Say Yee-Haw

Last night at Gallery Stokes in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Bradley, the proprietor of Yee-Haw Industries, a printmaking studio in Knoxville that operates old school–completely custom, hand-pressed posters, invitations and the like. Kevin’s work shows up in Print’s Regional Design Annual quite a bit, and some ad agencies use him to […]

Good Enough Rarely Is

Tenfold Collective in Longmont, Colorado is out with a new self-promo campaign that pokes and prods potential customers in a friendly but serious way. “As a design firm that works with small businesses and non-profits, we often encounter clients who aren’t happy with their logo, web site, or brochure,” says Josh Emrich, principal in the […]

Everyone’s A Critic

Designer Henryk Zawiślak uploaded his logo for Grzaniec to Concept Feedback, a new site that crowdsources peer feedback. About the logo above, Ovi Hentea, a peer, says, “I say ditch the gradient on the text stroke. I also say simplify the logo overall, removing some of the detail lines and the screws.” According to Springwise, […]