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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 ZawiĹ›lak 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, […]

Zen and the Art of New Business Maintenance

Eric Karjaluoto of SmashLAB in Vancouver, BC is sharing an interview he did with business development consultant Blair Enns of WinWithoutPitching. Enns has a lot of great things to say. Witness: The only real way for a firm to shift the power is to eliminate as many substitutes to hiring their firm as possible. They […]

Go Ugly

As I sit here staring at my sleek new iPhone 3GS, I’m thinking about the design sensibility that led Apple to ditch a keypad altogether for the simplicity of a touchscreen. Makes it a little more difficult to type but certainly helps the design. Product developer, John Edson writes on Fast Company why ugly products […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ecotrust Fisheries Program

It’s good to see another Portland agency doing work for another Portland client featured in Communications Arts Interactive Annual 15. Dino Citraro, interaction director/executive producer on the project, says, “The traditional ways of presenting data, most often in spreadsheets, are typically inaccessible, hard to digest, and require serious commitment on the part of the user […]