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Morning & Bedtime Routines of 5 Kickass Illustrators

I love knowing what other creative people do over and over to make their lives run and to keep their work happening. (Especially those who work from home, where sticking to a routine is tough). Maybe it's because I’m a Taurus and I like consistency. Maybe because I’m Eastern European ...more +

2 months ago

Blunt Talk: Los Angeles RuNT Event Recap

Listen up, creatives: There’s a tidal wave on the horizon, and it’s got your name all over it. Preceded by Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, California is the latest state to join the early adopters in completely legal cannabis, with undoubtedly more to come. Which means products, advertising, branding, and marketing ...more +

3 months ago

Intro to Filmmaking Part Three: Lists and Boards

If you’ve followed along with the first two parts of this series, we've been calling emphasis to the story you bring into a production, and to the team you assemble to bring that story to life. Many blogs skip over this next step and jump right into discussing production and post production. We’re ...more +

3 months ago

Make it Ugly

No discussion of “ugly” design would be complete (or even begun) without mentioning Craigslist, the enduring bastion of bare bones, kind of cumbersome and pretty ugly. Regardless, a visit to Craigslist feels like coming home. Even though no one would ever make a website like CL now, if it were ...more +

4 months ago

The Seeker Part Ten: This Must Be the Place

The recruiter at the creative staffing agency had assured Nathan this job was a perfect fit. It was his first time working with the agency, so he refrained from joking, “Another one?!” In Nathan’s experience, the Venn diagram of the supposed candidate/client culture-fit was never remotely close to concentric circles. ...more +

4 months ago

What the Hell is Design Thinking?

Around 10 years ago, the phrase “design thinking” started gaining a lot of traction as the secret behind highly successful, design-led companies like Apple. This was good for designers — new positions opened up, design managers were given a seat at the table to discuss business decisions, and we saw an increased ...more +

5 months ago

Our Guide to Design Week Portland 2017

Next week, Portland’s annual design celebration will light up our city, even if the sun won’t. With hundreds of events, lectures, workshops, open houses, and even a puppy-petting party—it’s time to make a plan! Here are our picks for what’s worth circling on your DWP calendar this year. Kicking things ...more +

5 months ago

How to Make More Work

I have been called many things (not all favorable), but fortunately prolific is one of them. People ask me how I make so much work: “What’s the secret?” as if there’s some magical formula. My typical response is that you just stop asking so many damn questions and start making ...more +

5 months ago

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