LEARNING

By on Oct 25, 2013 | Concept, Graphic Design, Typography
LEARNING

When designing work for a client, it often feels like there are too many restrictions (i.e., “requirements”), or there are those bizarre requirements that are not based on anything logical, like: “I hate blue” or “We like things to look like triangles.” So when I signed up for the inaugural UX ArtSwap, I thought it ...

HISTORIC

By on Jul 22, 2013 | Architecture, Competition, Concept, Writing
HISTORIC

Slalom Consulting is headquartered in the Exchange building in downtown Seattle. The Art Deco building was the second tallest reinforced concrete skyscraper in the US when it was completed in 1930, and earned landmark status in 1990. It played an important role in Seattle’s early years, and some of its first tenants included General Electric ...

VISUALIZING

VISUALIZING

I’m always excited and encouraged when there’s a new book out on visualizing data (or infographics, or information design, or whatever trendy phase you’ve heard lately relating to the visual presentation of information). While this field has been around a while, there is not a lot of literature on it, so I decided to take ...

ENGAGING

By on Mar 25, 2013 | Award Winning, Concept, Graphic Design
ENGAGING

Communication is a two-way street. And while getting your message to the audience can be a straight shot from point A to B, getting them to take action can feel like being stuck behind a Sunday driver in fast lane. No matter what you do, they won’t budge. How do you not only grab attention ...

HONORING

HONORING

Sometimes creativity starts with a single dot. Artist Miguel Endara created a drawing of his father, titled “Hero,” that is made up of 3.2 million ink dots. The result is a portrait that shows his talent, patience, and love for his dad. How would you use your creativity to honor a parent or loved one?   ...

FILTERED

FILTERED

THERE’S NO MORE GENERIC GOOGLE SEARCH PAGE! I think that first sentence summarizes this whole TED talks video nicely. In this talk, Eli Pariser discusses how current internet personalized searches (referred to as “filter bubble”) might be narrowing our worldview. We may or may not have already realized it, but it’s frightening to think that ...

UNBLOCKING

By on Feb 6, 2013 | Concept, Story Telling, Writing
UNBLOCKING

I won’t beat around the bush: I’m long overdue for a post on this blog. I tried to finish this weeks ago, but found myself staring at a blank screen and more or less wilting into a self-pitying mess of inertia. Shameful. Sounds ridiculous, right? But I’d guess most of us have felt blocked creatively ...

SUPER

By on Feb 4, 2013 | Advertising, Concept, Story Telling
SUPER

Everyone loves to talk about the commercials during the Super Bowl. What will be the next big water cooler conversation? Many popular brands returned to the playing field once again to put in their bid for the Sundance Film Festival of commercials. So what was the best commercial? Most Internet searches, Facebook posts, and twitter ...

INSPIRED

By on Jan 25, 2013 | Concept, Graphic Design, Story Telling
INSPIRED

How do you evolve an established, well recognized brand?.. Sometimes it’s best to start with a blank slate.   Tether, a Seattle based creative agency, took on the design and evolution of the Gatorade brand and product line. In this short film you’ll get a glimpse into their creative process from start to finish.

SANTA-TRACKING

By on Dec 20, 2012 | Award Winning, Concept, Graphic Design
SANTA-TRACKING

Calling all Santa believers and followers out there!!! There’s another fun project from Google this holiday season, called Santa Tracker. Once you launch the website, you will find yourself in Santa’s Village on the North Pole. There you can track when Santa is going to leave the village to deliver presents, chat with Santa, and ...